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Lifelong Alaskan Roger Bernard Iversen, 65, died at his Anchorage home on Dec. 20, 2004, of kidney cancer.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1939, in Ketchikan. He became an Alaska State Trooper in 1962 and retired as a major in 1981. During his career, he lived in Haines, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage and traveled extensively throughout Alaska visiting many areas.
He was from a commercial fishing family and had a special love for the ocean and saltwater fishing. His cabin at Cooper Landing was his home away from home.
He enjoyed traveling to other countries and appreciating new places and people.
He experienced statehood, the 1964 earthquake and the Fairbanks 1967 flood. In 1971, as a sergeant in Juneau, he and a neighbor, a pilot for Alaska Airlines, discovered the wreckage of the inbound 727 Alaska Airlines flight 1866. Putting the helicopter down and climbing up to the crash site, they were first on the scene and reported back no possibility of survivors and 111 casualties, the worst airline crash in Alaska's history.
His family writes, "Roger was a generous, soft-hearted and gentle man. He loved children, especially babies. He enjoyed a large, loving Norwegian family. Roger had friends throughout the state, old timers and new Alaskans as well. He was an unpretentious man who was comfortable with himself and accepting of others. He laughed often. Roger and Fran, his wife of twenty-five years, enjoyed a loving partnership. He will be greatly missed."
He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Lester Butler; and father-in-law, Charles DeNardo.
He is survived by his wife, Fran Iversen of Anchorage; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Christy Iversen of Ketchikan; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Janusz Obrycki of Seattle, Wash.; daughter and fiancé, Mialisa Blake and David Schiller of Shoreline, Wash.; stepson and daughter-in-law, Charles and Theresa Ohman of Anchorage; grandsons, Jonathan Obrycki of Seattle, Wash., Max Blake and Zack Blake of Shoreline, Wash.; granddaughters, Kayla Obrycki of Seattle, Wash. and Anna Jean Ohman of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, Arne and Dorothy Iversen of Ketchikan; sisters, Gladys Klose and Irene Nichols of Ketchikan, and Judy Butler of Sumner, Wash.; brother-in-law, Damien DeNardo; sister-in-laws, Mona and Vicki DeNardo; and mother-in-law, Jean DeNardo, all of San Diego, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews living in Alaska and the lower 48.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 30, 2004, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with a reception immediately to follow. Police Chaplain Bert McQueen will officiate. His cremated remains will be interred at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Alaska Police Chaplains Ministries, P.O. Box 200654, Anchorage, AK 99520 or to any organization that helps children.