Iver Lindberg is retiring this spring from his vocation, but not from his avocation.
Lindberg, 62, will be leaving his business, Springfield Tractor & Implement, after 26 years, but his charity work will likely go on, according to local individuals and businesses he has helped.
Jackie Hinckley, vice president of the Richfield Springs Community Center Committee, said she is not only a satisfied customer of Lindberg's store, but an admirer of what she called Lindberg's tremendous generosity and community service over the years.
“He has always been there to help whenever anyone needs it,” Hinckley said.
Lindberg said he has helped out or given in some way to many local organizations, fire departments, veterans' clubs, churches and Legions, as well as the Otsego County Sheriff's Department, 4-H, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Lindberg said he also donates to local benefits held for the less fortunate.
“We need our little churches and fire departments,” Lindberg said. “We need our children. If we don't help them out, who will?”
Hinckley said Lindberg was instrumental in starting the Richfield Springs Community Center. She said he donated a great deal of money when the building was being constructed, is a consistent sponsor of the center's annual 10K race and donates to the holiday auction each year.
Lindberg's daughter, Tammy Bartlett, said her dad is a well-liked and respected member of the community. She said Lindberg gives to many organizations and individuals in the form of gift certificates, cash donations, and equipment from his business.
In 2008, Lindberg gave the Otsego County Sheriff's Department a $12,000 fire and rescue all-terrain vehicle, as reported in The Daily Star. The vehicle can be used to reach accident victims who are off the road, to fight brush fires, and to respond to other emergencies where deputies have to travel in fields and in the woods.