Douglas John Iverson

Douglas John Iverson


January 18, 1958 - August 30, 2023


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Douglas John Iverson, age 65, on August 30th, 2023, in Mitchell, surrounded by his family.

Douglas, known to many as “John,” was a man of passion and dedication.

John was born January 18th, 1958, to Mervin and Gloria (Max) Iverson in Mitchell. While growing up, many may have known him as “Butsy”, given the attribute of his very discernible cleft chin. John was the starting quarterback for the MHS Kernels in his graduating year of 1976.

His love for the car business was evident to all who knew him, and he dedicated his life to it. John was passionate about his work at Iverson Auto. His memory will live on in the community he loved, which he dedicated his life to serving. He lived to see Iverson’s in its 75th year of business, a crowning achievement to capstone his career.

John’s legacy lives on through the memories we shared and the beautiful cars he meticulously maintained. John had an extraordinary talent for collecting and restoring classic Mopar muscle cars, a passion that brought him joy. John also loved his Weimaraner dogs as hunting companions; he treated them as family. There was never a time where you’d find John without his “kids”.

He leaves behind a family who will forever cherish his memory, including his two sons and 5 grandchildren, John (Rachael) Iverson (Oliver, Sawyer & Gunnar) and Austen (Morgan) Iverson (Finley & Archer), his Weimaraners (Shadow & Hemi), and his partner EliMae Stubbe, who will continue to honor him.

John’s spirit, warm smile, and unwavering support were a source of comfort to those fortunate enough to know him. His love and kindness left an indelible mark on our lives. In his honor, we celebrate a life well-lived and a man deeply loved.

Please join us Friday, September 22, at Iverson’s upper-lot for a celebration of life beginning at 3:00 pm. Those who wish to honor John are welcome to bring, display and share their love for classic cars.


Friday, September 22, 2023
3:00 PM
Iverson Chrysler Center (upper-lot)
600 S Burr St
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Cedar Attikai on October 29, 2023
Your warm smile and kind heart will be missed. You were a great man who meant a great deal to everyone. It was an honor to know you. Rest in peace John.
Posted by Paul Patton on September 28, 2023
My condolences to the Iverson family, may God comfort and guide you through the days ahead. John's smile and laugh were consistent throughout his life, knowing him since highschool, surprised nobody else mentioned John being an accomplished rider on a dirt bike, a man of many talents and a love of life. Glad to have shared some of the fun with you John. Best wishes for your family.
Posted by Shanna Sheesley Johnson on September 18, 2023
So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy going out to John's family and friends. He will be greatly missed. RIP John.
Posted by Bob Boyle on September 14, 2023
So many memories all the way back to Holy Spirit school and when I would come to town he would open his home to maand the use of vehicles, lots of laughs and good times, John you will deeply missed by so many
Posted by bill koehler on September 11, 2023
lots of fond memories, see you on the other side
Posted by John Mortimore on September 11, 2023
I have known John since 1972 when I worked for Dale porter at Mcdonalds. We always talked Mopar. He was fun to talk to about cars. I will miss our talks.
Posted by Cheri Traupel on September 11, 2023
My deepest sympathy for your loss. John “Butsy” was a childhood friend always remembered for his smile and kind nature. Beautiful soul gone too soon!
Posted by Wilbur Baldwin Jr on September 10, 2023
So sorry fir your loss, John was a great person, to know an be friends with.
Posted by Lloyd and Delores Markus on September 9, 2023
we live in Huron and enjoyed his dad was my dads sister was married to Mervins Dad Mel Iverson who we visited once in a while. alwaws enjoyed visiting them. MMya you rest in peace. God bless you...
Posted by Tonya Stroud on September 9, 2023
Sorry for your loss. He was a kind man.
Posted by Jackie n Bev Robinson Sun City Arizonasorry on September 9, 2023
Sorry to hear of John's passing. He would stop in our store Robinson Grocery n Robs Shortstop on the way buy to work. He always treated us well in deals on vehicles. He will be missed. R..I .P John
Posted by DeWayne Musick on September 9, 2023
Rest in peace our friend, so many wonderful memories. ❤️
Posted by Dave DeVries on September 8, 2023
Many memories with this man, from cars to scuba diving. Thoughts and prayers going out to all of you.
Posted by Ernie & Debra Hohn on September 8, 2023
Our sympathies to the Iverson family
John stopped at our shop many times to chat.
R.I.P. John
Posted by Jim & Sue Wright on September 8, 2023
Rest in peace my friend, classmate, and teammate 🙏🏻, your legacy will live on forever.
Posted by Larry Jirsa on September 8, 2023
John was truly a gifted person in so many ways. He helped a lot of us along our way. His spirit will continue to influence many of us for years to come. He may be gone but will never be forgotten.
Posted by John Koupal on September 8, 2023
A great friend who always helped me out in my younger days and would put a smile on your face. Will miss you !
Posted by Myron Rau on September 8, 2023
Rest in peace, my friend. I had the good fortune to know John for decades as a dealer as I bought several when we lived in Mitchell then later as I served as President of the SDADA for 21h years. John served on the SDADA Board and as such was always there to help. He was dedicated to his business and the city of Mitchell. He will sorely be missed!
Posted by Kent Dicus on September 8, 2023
What a good man!!! Rest peacefully buddy.
Posted by Jim n Karla Hofer on September 8, 2023
Rest in peace my friend. John you always had time to chat and we will so miss running into you and the pups!! Our deepest sympathies to you boys Lil John as I always called him when he would be at our house getting in trouble with Joey :) and Austen - I know you will di great filling your dad’s shoes
Posted by Kevin Thurman on September 8, 2023
John always had a lot going on, but always had time to be a friend and give you a smile! Rest in Peace John.
Posted by Jeff Heppler on September 8, 2023
I deeply valued the friendship I felt with John. Our business grew up with Iverson-Max - Iverson Chrysler - Iverson Auto Group. I will always remember the conversations we had about "business". But it was more than that, John made you feel that you were a friend and it was genuine. Going to miss him. Condolences to John's family.
Posted by Dick Rozum on September 8, 2023
I’m very sad to hear about John. We have been friends since high school, and while we were competitors in business, we were first and foremost always friends. John was such a great guy and will be missed by everyone who knew him. The Iverson family is fortunate to have Austin to carry on John’s legacy.
Posted by Greg Vander Lugt on September 8, 2023
A very good man., gone far too soon….
Posted by Terri (Stalcup) Taylor on September 8, 2023
I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to all.
Posted by Steve Biegler on September 8, 2023
So sorry to hear of John's passing. Getting to know him through the SDADA and NADA 20 Group was a joy. Whenever I was in Mitchell I tried to stop and say HI. I will miss that. Godspeed John.
Posted by Steven heimsoth on September 7, 2023
My deepest sympathies to the family can not remember how many vehicles I bought from iversons but John always made you feel like you feel like you

Deepest sympathies to the iverson family grea and caring man always made you feel special
Posted by Manny & Anne Guevara on September 7, 2023
John Iverson I enjoyed the conversation we had and you will be missed by all of us. Thinking of the Iverson family during this difficult time. Sending healing prayers and comfort during this tough time.
Posted by Jaxson scheetz on September 7, 2023
Great man!! Never failed to put a smile on anyone’s face. My heart goes out to all of you. You will be missed John.
Posted by Mark and Carol Limberg on September 7, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Hugs.
Posted by Chris Geroy on September 7, 2023
I'm so saddened by the news of John's passing. Even though I only bought a few vehicles from him in 25 years, he made me feel important. And his was friendly and one would take your hand off, and I never could remember which was which. Mitchell lost a good man and heaven gained a great soul. RIP John
Posted by Pizza Hut on September 6, 2023
Sure am going to miss seeing him come in the restaurant. He was such a great man and friend to many. Please accept our condolences on behalf of all of us at Pizza Hut
Posted by Mary Therese on September 5, 2023
Posted by bettijo reazer on September 5, 2023
you sure will be missed coming into the office prayers to all the family and eli.tears
Posted by Colleen DeJong (Tegels) on September 5, 2023
Sympathy for the loss of John.
What a great loss.
Posted by Jerry Luckett on September 5, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great person and will be missed by many. I have known him for years and will cherish the memories of the conversations we shared. Rest in Peace John.
Posted by Lynnette Schilling on September 5, 2023
My thoughts go out to the Iverson Family and to all the Employee's at Iverson Chrysler.. John was a great man and I am glad I got the chance to know him. RIP John!
Posted by Tom Gates on September 4, 2023
John was a good friend always had time to talk . He will missed by all .
Posted by Deb Tilton on September 4, 2023
So sorry for your loss, John was always smiling and had a nice greeting to everyone he met.
Posted by Garyand 1bonnie Preszer on September 3, 2023
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad! Prayers!
Posted by Beth Johnson Wright on September 3, 2023
RIP sorry to hear of your passing. Heaven recieved a really good angle this time. Prayers to the family and gods blessings!
Posted by Steve Wolbrink on September 3, 2023
Fond memories of John and my time at Iverson-Max when I was a young body man and John was in high school. I helped him fix up his Cuda. We got along very well! I haven't seen him for awhile but hearing his passing was a real shocker!! Rest in Pease John!
Posted by Estes Rothenberger on September 3, 2023
Gonna miss John, he was a good friend, always welcomed me to visit with him when I would drop by the dealership, went to school with John, he was always a good friend
Posted by Dawn DeSchepper on September 3, 2023
Such a beautiful smile. Have so many great memories from high school. My thoughts and prayers to family & friends.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on September 3, 2023
Sending our sympathy to John Iverson family & friends. May all the memories of life with him bring you Peace & Comfort all these days. John was a wonderful man, as a friend, or to do business with.
Posted by Deborah Negebauer on September 2, 2023
I remember John as one of the Chippendale type waiters at the women’s ducks Unlimited banquet back in the day. My sincere sympathy to Austin who is my neighbor.Diwnnthe street.
Posted by Larry Zimmerman on September 2, 2023
John was a great guy. I bought a few vehicles from him he will be missed in the car industry.
Posted by Cindy Kiner on September 2, 2023
John was a great man and was so kind so sorry for your loss
Posted by Steve Splitt on September 2, 2023
So sorry to hear of the passing of John. He was a great man and a longtime friend. Buttsy will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Dwight and Mary Renshaw on September 2, 2023
John always had a smile and took the time to visit!! He will be missed by the Mitchell community!! Our thoughts and prayers to the Iverson family!!!
Posted by Gladys Miller Bassett. on September 2, 2023
John was a great boss. I worked with and for him many years. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Vicky Herrick on September 2, 2023
Hugs and prayers to John’s family, truly will be missed. Such a great guy and always had time for a visit. 🙏🙏
Posted by Maureen Johnson on September 2, 2023
Fly high John... Tell everyone hi from Gloria Merv Gram..... I’ll keep in memory plus all the adventures we had in your fence tree house and playing with Humphrey! You were an awesome person with lots of love in your heart...
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on September 1, 2023
So sorry for this very sad loss of a great man !!! We was blessed to know John for many many years !! You are in our thoughts and prayers Austin and everyone else that blessed to know him !!!
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on September 1, 2023
So sorry for this very sad loss of a great man !!! We was blessed to know John for many many years !! You are in our thoughts and prayers Austin and everyone else that blessed to know him !!!
Posted by Bonnie Weber on September 1, 2023
Sorry for your loss of John
Will be missed by all rest in peace
Posted by Tami Basting Dolphay on September 1, 2023
So sorry to hear this. Rest in God's arms, John.
Posted by Lorna Sonne on September 1, 2023
My sincere condolences. Our community has lost a great man. John always had the best smile! He had an such a wonderful aura about him. Whenever we would bump in to each other he always had time to visit, joke and laugh. He worked hard, he lived hard, he played hard, and he loved hard. What else can you say about a Great man! RIP John.
Posted by Susan and Brian Tjarks on September 1, 2023
We just heard this sad news!! Such a loss!! John was such a gift to all who knew him—and he had such a love of our community. He always greeted you with a huge smile and made you feel like you were the very best of friends! What a wonderful man. We are sending our heartfelt sympathies to the Iverson family and all those who will miss him so much!!
Posted by Hollie Karber on September 1, 2023
So very sorry for your loss, John was a great guy and will be missed!
Posted by Laurie on September 1, 2023
John was one of the smartest, kindest man I’ve ever known. He will be missed. I am so very sorry he is gone ❤️
Posted by Gordon Fahey on September 1, 2023
So glad I had a chance to spend some time with John recently.
I got the impression those lines of age across his face must have been from his broad and perpetual smile. A good man gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace friend.
Posted by Jeff and Alice Johnson on September 1, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
RIP piece good buddy. You will be missed.
Posted by Deb Voigt on September 1, 2023
Buttsy gone way to soon. His smile made you smile. RIP
Posted by Bob and Laura Zamora on September 1, 2023
John was such a loving grandfather, he adored all of his grandchildren and has left a huge break on their hearts. We will miss his laugh and ability to make us feel welcomed into his family.
Posted by Cindi Heck Lillibridge on September 1, 2023
I am so sorry for the loss of this man. He was loved by many. I miss his smile and laugh. I will always remember that from high school. Rest in peace beautiful soul
Posted by Carla O’Connor on September 1, 2023
John always had a smile for everyone. He also loved his dogs very much, especially the day I went down to Iverson‘s, and his pick up was right by the door with his dogs in it, that I did not know they both started barking at me and scared the living daylights right out of me. John was right inside and thought that was, pretty funny to watch. He was a great guy and will be deeply missed.
Posted by Larry Schmit on September 1, 2023
So very sorry John was a very kind friend. Will be missed dearly
Posted by Deborah Kaufman on September 1, 2023
So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I very much enjoyed working for him. He had great stories!
Posted by Kelly Schmidt on September 1, 2023
Sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Iverson family. John was a great person and he and i would always talk when we would run into each other. I enjoyed working for him for over 13 years. He will be missed by a lot of people.
Posted by Kim Vuchetich on September 1, 2023
John was a great guy. Thinking of his family and hoping all the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time!
Posted by Ann Marie Trent on September 1, 2023
Thoughts and prayers to the family!
Posted by Bob and Lori Herman on September 1, 2023
Wishing the family peace to bring you comfort to face the days ahead and the loving memories to hold close to your hearts.May the love of family and friends soften your sorrow and sadness. Comfort and peace.
Posted by Nila Martinek on September 1, 2023
A great guy, gone too soon... Love and prayers to his family and friends, Nila and Greg
Posted by Kelly Hills on September 1, 2023
John was always quick with a smile, a joke and a laugh. A really great guy who will be missed by all. Rest in heavenly peace, John. Blessings to the family.
Posted by NANCY Rissky on August 31, 2023
John had the best smile, and was such a kind soul. My sincere condolences to his entire family. May God bring you all comfort.
Posted by Anna Gardner on August 31, 2023
John Iverson had an infectious sense of humor and always treated me with kindness and respect. He was my buddy and I'll never forget him. Rest in peace, my friend.

Austen, Morgan and family - Hang in there, take care of each other and know you're thought of and loved by so many.
Posted by Stan ruff on August 31, 2023
So sorry for your loss prayers to the family
Posted by Lori (Underhill) Deibert on August 31, 2023
Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a beautiful trail of memories and I have so many. My deepest, most heartfelt condolences are with all of you.
Posted by Denny Geidel on August 31, 2023
A great employer boss to have worked for
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