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William Martin Iverson


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William Martin Iverson Obituary
William Martin Iverson

William Martin Iverson, 90, of Edmonds, Washington, passed away on March 7, 2014 peacefully in his sleep.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Evergreen Washelli Chapel, 11111 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle.

William, known affectionately as "Bill" to all those who knew and loved him, was born in Littell, Washington on June 16, 1923. He graduated from Chehalis High School in 1941. In August 1941 Bill started work for The Boeing Company where he helped build B-17's for the war effort. He soon took a job on Bainbridge Island working in a shipyard until he enlisted in the Navy in March 1943. He went to naval boot camp in Idaho and then received aviator machinist training in Oklahoma and gunnery training in Florida before shipping out on the USS Wasp in March 1944. He served on the Wasp until the end of the war.

After the war, he enrolled at the University of Washington and graduated in December 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. On December 29, 1950 he married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Shakeh Arzo. They remained happily married and deeply committed for the next 60 years, until Shakeh's passing in May 2011.

After marriage, Bill took a job in the accounting department of Western Gear Corporation and soon moved into operations as his career steadily advanced. In 1973 he was hired as General Manager for Nicholson Manufacturing, a worldwide leader in forest products equipment design and manufacturing. Bill soon advanced to CEO and played an important role in the success of Nicholson Manufacturing over the next 18 years, retiring in 1991.

Bill and Shakeh spent their retirement years in Edmonds, Washington in the house they had built together in 1967. They spent these years quietly enjoying life and the pleasure family, friends and neighbors. They traveled frequently, especially to Honolulu, Hawaii and shared their common passions for vegetable and flower gardening, visiting farms and orchards to pick up produce, cooking and boating. Bill had time to follow his own passions for fishing and Naval and military history. He looked forward to attending reunions of his beloved wartime ship, the USS Wasp, and keeping in touch with all his friends from his days at Western Gear and Nicholson Manufacturing. But one suspects that the best times were quietly spent with Shakeh, on their deck, bird watching, plane spotting, enjoying their garden and each other's company and watching the sun setting over the Olympic mountains and the waters of Puget Sound.

Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Shakeh, and his sister, Eldis Baker. He is survived by his niece, Kelly Arzo Wallace and husband Walter of Mercer Island; his nephew Ron Baker and wife Jenny of Arlington, WA; his nephew Alan Baker of Beaverton, OR; his niece Carol Fisk and husband Chuck of Vashon, WA; and the rest of his family and friends.

Donations may be made to Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14, 2014
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