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Ivan R. Haggerty

Dec 6, 2012 - Staff

Ivan R. Haggerty, of Paradise Valley, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Riverton Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 88 years old.

The viewing will be 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Davis Funeral Home, with interment at Mountain View Cemetery after the service.

Ivan Roy Haggerty was born July 14, 1924, in Broadwater, Neb., the son of Roy Gilbert Haggerty and Ester Cornelia Sayer. He moved with his family to the Riverton area in April 1938 at the age of 13. He attended school in Riverton for two years, after which the family moved to their Paradise Valley Homestead. He attended and graduated from Shoshoni High School.

He married Nellie Geraldine Chopping on Nov. 6, 1944. Together they started a farming operation in the Paradise Valley area. He enjoyed farming and referred to himself as a "Tiller of the Soil" and referred to his farm as "Happy Acres," where he raised cows, sheep, chickens and pigs. A truly diversified farmer, he grew corn, beans, sugar beets, barley, wheat, alfalfa and did custom combining. He and his wife also raised five roses and one thorn (children).

He was a member of the Shoshoni school board, serving on the RVEA, Co-op and Tri State board of directors. Among his other achievements, he was awarded the Top Grower Award for Coors Beer in 1992 and was named Ag Man of the Year.

His family said he enjoyed horse shoe pitching and was a state champion.

He is survived by his brothers, Cleo, Earl and Roscoe; daughters Shirley Anderson, Ellen Eisemann and her husband Dan, Edith Pryor and her husband Butch, Sandra Bolte and her husband Allan, and Faye Hill and her husband Michael; son Roy and his wife Juanita; 17 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Gerry; brother Francis; and grandson Mark Haratyk.

Memorials may be made to the Shoshoni Alumni Scholarship Fund, the United Methodist Church of Riverton or a charity of the donor's choice.

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