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.
Bassett Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Huxtable-Hooker said Lindberg has been tremendously supportive over the years. At Bassett alone over the span of eight years, she said, his sponsorships — in the form of donated equipment to auction off and raise funds for various projects — have supported school-based health, as well as Bassett's Birthing Center, Partnership for Nursing Program, Heart Care Institute and Radiology and Imaging center.
“Iver, over the past several years, contributed 6 large Cub Cadet mowers and snow throwers to the Bassett New Year’s Eve Gala for auction purposes,” Huxtable Hooker said, “and Bassett is just one recipient of Iver’s charitable support in the community. I know there are other organizations that have benefited from his generosity. He has stayed true to the importance of small business in a rural community, as well as giving back to the community that has supported his livelihood.”
Hinckley said Lindberg doesn't just give to local organizations. She knows firsthand the generosity he gives towards individuals.
“He helps out individuals who are sick or going through a rough time,” Hinckley said. “I was recently widowed, and he would send one or two of his guys out to help me whenever I needed it.”
Lindberg said he was born between Hartwick and Morris and attended school in Oneonta. He said his family was poor growing up and organizations like the Salvation Army helped out.
Lindberg said he wants to help people whenever he can and that he has done it his whole life. After having cancer twice in the last four years, Lindberg said, he has further realized how important it is to help those in need.
“The impact of Springfield Tractor & Implement has been extremely positive over the course of Iver Lindberg’s ownership,” said Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network executive director Joshua Truman. “Iver continually set the example of a local business supporting the community and giving back.”
Bartlett said she is proud of everything her father has done for local communities.
“In today's world, where values are changing, it is nice to know that my dad still holds the value of helping people out so close to his heart," Bartlett said. "It has been a great example.”