Alfred Elimar Ifversen, born April 12, 1936 in Wyandotte, Mich. crossed over to Heaven, Feb. 21. He is survived by his wife, Karen; four children, Ron, Keith, Cheryl and Michelle; four grandchildren Allison, Rachel, Kevin and Hannah, great-granddaughter Emery Ann; and his older brother, Per.
Al grew up in Northville, Mich. as a three-sport varsity athlete. He played a year of football at Michigan State before joining the Army for two years. He married Karen Ann Sulla in January of 1959. He received his B.S in Physical and Special Education and his M.A. in Counseling while playing football at Eastern Michigan University. He taught in the Redford Union and Plymouth school districts before becoming the program director for severely handicapped children at Plymouth State Home in Plymouth, Mich.
In January of 1970, he and his family moved to Lake Havasu City, where he worked home construction and on the London Bridge for two years. Afterwards, he became the first marriage/family counselor at the Mohave Mental Health Clinic in 1971. He then joined Dr. Norm Duley in a private psychiatric practice in 1973. In 1974, he taught Physical and Special Education at Lake Havasu High School before moving to West Los Angeles in 1980 teaching Special Education at Webster Jr. High. He then retired as a teacher from Greenfield Junior High in Gilbert, Ariz. in May of 2000.
Upon his retirement he and Karen lived in Desert Hills. He worked part-time at the Refuge Golf course mowing the roughs around the greens, fairways and tees. He spent his free time trekking by the lake enjoying the fresh air.
Al’s memorial service will be March 8, at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home, 21 Riviera Blvd. Lake Havasu, AZ 86403 (928) 855-4949.
Thoughts and condolences can be sent to Al’s family at www.lietz-fraze-funeralhome.com.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.