Orven ‘Corky’ Iverson

Sept. 18, 1921 — Jan. 15, 2012

Orven “Corky” Iverson, of Vacaville and Fairfield, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 15, 2012. He was 90. One of 13 children, Corky was born on Sept. 18, 1921, to Henry and Pearl Iverson, in Notus, Idaho.

Farm work as a boy helped build the strength to excel in sports, his lifetime passion. Known from school days as “Corky,” he left college to serve in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a B-25 pilot with the 434th Bombardment Squadron, and flew in the China Burma India theater. During this time, his closeness to God was a special comfort. After his military service, he returned to college and earned a B.A. in Physical Education and English which led to a career in teaching, coaching and directing high school athletics. He taught seven years in Oregon, before moving to Fairfield, where he served ten years at Armijo High School and 19 years at Fairfield High School. He retired in 1983 as the Athletic Director. Corky was also a part-time carpenter which included building several family homes.

In 1943, Corky married the first love of his life, Shirley Denney. They were married 35 years and together raised four children, Steven, Michael, Debra, and Christian.

In 1982 he married the new love of his life, Beth Hulse. This coming Valentine’s Day will mark their 30th anniversary. Beth has six children: Rick, Jim, Greg, Mary, Cathy, and Mike.

Corky is survived by his wife, Beth Iverson and their children, Steven Iverson (Marllena) of Alaska; Michael Iverson (Sharon) of Carmichael; Debra Siam (Sam) of Modesto; Christian Iverson of California and Mexico; Richard Hulse (Darlene) of Nevada; James Hulse of Pennsylvania; Gregory Hulse (Angie) of Illinois; Mary Murtishaw (Chuck) of Vacaville; Cathy Wilkins (Tom) of Washington; and Michael Hulse of Vacaville. Corky is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his brother and sisters, Josephine Threewit, Alys Wyberg, Edythe Guilfoyle, Howard Iverson, and Miriam Iverson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend two services. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at The Mission, 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville. A reception and luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial, with military honors, will follow at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090 or Ebenezer Outreach Ministry, P.O. Box 2715, Vacaville, CA 95696.

Arrangements by McCune Garden Chapel, 707-448-6546, http://www.McCuneChapel.com.

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