Iwersen, Edward "Teddy" Lee
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66, of Tempe passed away on September 23, 2013. Ed died Sept. 23, 2013, at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. after succumbing to complications related to an accidental drowning. Mr. Iwersen ("Teddy", "Ed", "Eddie") was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Marcella Ann Iwersen and Dr. Frank J. Iwersen. He spent his youth and college years in Omaha setting roots with his family and making friendships that would last his lifetime. He attended Regis College in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Creighton University in Omaha. He married Diane Wiedman, had two sons Eric and Andrew, and moved his young family to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado in the mid 1970's. He returned to Omaha for a number of years to care for his aging parents preceding their passing. And in the last five years he went further west to Arizona to be near his hiking buddy Susan Howard of Tucson, and his son Eric in Tempe. His family wrote: "He died in the remaining days of summer in the sunshine of Arizona. His last moves on Earth were in the pool, swimming laps. He was equally strong and sensitive, and funny even more. He was a large personality that we all wanted to know. He lived his life entirely uniquely and we were compelled to follow him. He was the real deal of big genuine living. We loved him very much and will carry his impact with us everywhere. " Ed was a great athlete and loved to bike, swim and hike. He competed in triathlons for years and climbed mountains all over the West. He enjoyed college football, baseball and attended many College World Series baseball games. He was a school teacher and swim and soccer coach. He was an entrepreneur who owned several shops in Boulder and a bar called "Bert and Ernie's" in Omaha. He was employed at some of the best health clubs in every city he lived (Flatirons Athletic Club in Boulder and The Village in Phoenix), and was adored by club members and co-workers. He was full of adventure, loyalty, stories and love. He was a friend, a husband, brother, uncle, father and grandfather. He is survived by his sons Eric Iwersen (Josh Meibos) of Tempe, Arizona and Andrew Iwersen (Morgan) Iwersen of Westminster, Colorado; his grandchildren, Van and Mac Iwersen of Westminster, Colorado; his siblings, Jim Iwersen of San Francisco, California; Larry Iwersen of Kalispell, Montana; Matt Iwersen of Bellingham, Washington; Bob Iwersen of San Francisco, California; Kim Iwersen of Seattle, Washington. Ed was an Arizona organ donor and was cremated. Private memorials will be held at a later date in Boulder and Tempe. A public memorial is planned for November 2 at 1 pm in Omaha at Holy Cross Church. Visit www.EdwardIwersenMemorial.com for more details and a link to his grandchildren's college fund in his name.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 20, 2013