To Helen and the rest of Iven's family, we may have been out of touch for many years but are hit hard by this news of Iven's illness and death. Your words here describe perfectly the Iven we knew and enjoyed and admired. We wish you much needed and well deserved rest after three years of dealing with cancer, confidence as you navigate this unsettled and unsettling time, and the continuing love of friends and family members. We will plant bulbs in Iven's memory this weekend, believing that by the time they bloom in the spring your grief will be less raw, and dahlias in the spring, knowing that by peak bloom next summer, you will be able to speak of him without tears. Peace to you. Janet & Scott
Iven was a wonderful wonderful man. I remember how much he loved the comic Strip Hagar the Horrible. He was also so very funny. We developed a skit at the office that was presented to all of the OYA staff. He rose to the occasion by adding his own dialogue and actions to the script - he was the hit of the event. He helped keep us all humble and laughing at ourselves. I am so happy to have known him.
I am so sorry for your loss!
I had the privilege of working with Iven from 1998 through the time he retired. Iven acted as a mentor for me and my teammate starting in 2005... and he always took the he time to explain to us anything we wanted to know. We loved to thank him with dark chocolates too! After her retired, it was really nice to see him at the adaptive riding therapy where he volunteered to help with their sensory trail... and every so often when I would run into him in town... always such a warm and friendly person. We still use the Iven-ism at work in budget... when asked how much something is going to cost? He would always reply, "Eleven dollars and forty-nine cents!" He assured us that no one would ever believe a round number, so no matter how large a number we were working with, always end it with $11.49. We remember Iven with smiles whenever that comes up in a meeting or discussion. His generous and kind legacy will continue. I will miss him.
To Trevor and all of the Findley family, we are here mourning your loss with you, and want you to know that we are thinking of you and your family at this time. Please know that although your father is gone, he is not forgotten. And, just as the Creator likes beautiful flowers in His garden, your father is now a beautiful flower, still growing, still blossoming. May Peace be with you and your family in your time of need.
The USDA AMS Fair Trade Practices Program Team
So sorry to hear of Iven's passing. His death will leave a big hole in Dorothy, Zach, Calvin and Violet's lives. All our sympathy to you, Helen, and your family. Mary and Tony Diehl
I have very fond memories if Iven. He will be missed. Sending love and prayers to the family.
Hyvaa Paivaa Helen! I am an 83 year old Finn from Portland, now living in Keizer. Iven and I worked together in the 1980s. Iven was the AFS Representative and I was with SED, DOJ. When my wife and I lived in rural Polk County, I called Iven when we were having troubles raising our first batch of chickens who were fighting and throwing blood all over the place. Iven asked "How many roosters do you have?" I told him seven or eight. Iven started laughing and told me we have too many roosters! He was a great guy and I'm sorry for his illness. My condolences to you and your family.
I have many fond memories of Iven when I was a child growing up with his daughter Heidi. Iven and Helen were both warm and welcoming people. I remember Iven as an encouraging couch of my basketball team in elementary school. Sending you my deepest sympathy to Helen, Heidi and Trevor. Iven was an amazing person. I am so deeply sorry for your heartbreaking loss.
Uncle Iven always had a warm smile and a gentle hug to greet you with. I always saw him demonstrate patience, kind heartedness, and dedication to his family, as well as a heartfelt laughter that made me smile. He was deeply loved by his family and he will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to his life very well lived. Sending love, prayers, and healing to everyone who was touched by Iven's kind heart.