Duane Iverson, 65

Duane Iverson, surrounded by his family, passed into the arms of heaven July 17, 2019 in Rochester, Minnesota. Duane was born January 7, 1954 to Irwin and June Iverson in Williston, ND.

Duane was born blind, a handicap that identified him, but never limited his life. He was educated at the North Dakota School for the Blind, first in Bathgate and then in Grand Forks. In 1968, because of a wonderful school Superintendent, Leon Olson, Duane became the first handicapped student to be mainstreamed into Williston Public Schools.

In high school, Duane wrestled for the Coyotes. He was the first blind wrestler to compete on the class A level. As Duane crossed the stage to receive his high school diploma, his classmates and those in attendance gave him a standing ovation. Such was his impact.

Duane attended the University of North Dakota; he was an avid hockey fan, (go Sioux!) and graduated in 1976. Following graduation, he received training in Texas and California before returning to ND to begin his career with the Social Security Administration. Duane lived and worked in Fargo for many years and returned to Williston to finish his career and to care for his aging mother.

In 2016, Duane moved to Red Wing, MN to be close to his special friend, Ruth Krause, and his cousins, the Goodwins. Duane is survived by his children, Jonathan (Rachael) Iverson of West Palm Beach, Fl, and daughter, DeAnna Iverson ( Jim), of Schaumburg, Illinois. His grandchildren to Jonathan and Rachael are Ella, Andrew, and Evie. His brother, Bruce (Cindy) Iverson, Minot. Duane’s sister/cousin, Susan (Rick) Pflug, Williston. His sister-in-law, Judy Iverson, Kyle Texas. There are numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother, Jerome, and former wife, Linda. Words fail to explain the impact Duane had on so many. His hardy laugh, great bear hugs, unconditional acceptance and love are only to name a few attributes we will all miss!

Born sightless, he probably saw in greater depth then us all. A celebration of life will be held in Red Wing, Minnesota in the fall, followed by a celebration of life in Williston. Dates will be announced via Facebook.

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