Funeral services for Iver Beckstrom are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at Uehling Auditorium in Uehling, Neb. Burial will be in Swaburg Baptist Cemetery, rural Uehling.
A visitation will be held Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m. with family receiving friends. A prayer service will be held at 7:30, all at Pelan Funeral Services in Oakland. Visitation will also be held at the auditorium one hour prior to service.
He passed away May 12, 2019 at his home in rural Craig, Nebraska, surrounded by his family.
Iver was born September 5, 1940 in Oakland, Nebraska, to Walter and Mabel (Olson) Beckstroma and lived in rural Craig, past the village of Bertha, his entire life. He attended Bertha Country School and Lyons High School. Throughout his life, he worked as a hired hand for area farmers and raised sheep, hogs and cattle. He worked at Swanson Motors in Decatur, Neb., where he first met Sheila, farmed in the “Connealy Valley” and attended many auctions with Carlee Osterndorff—a few auction items he would then resell.
Iver married Sheila Tenney on March 1, 1969, and had four children. He enjoyed farming, raising sheep, driving his tractors, talking about auctions, talking about the auction items he bought, driving to many area coffee spots to visit with friends, eating dinner in town (especially at the HiWay Café in Lyons for hot beef), driving to the Swaburg Cemetery and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Sheila, who passed away in 2013.
He is survived by his children: Jeffrey Beckstrom of Omaha, Marcia (Robby) Pickell of Decatur, Jill (Lael) Holliday of Malcolm, Neb., Dale (Kim) Beckstrom of Oakland, Neb.; five grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth (Linda) Beckstrom and Alfred Beckstrom all of Omaha; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.
Pelan Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.