Obert Braaten, 92Obert Leland Braaten, 92, passed away peacefully as Jesus took his hand and reunited him once again with his beloved Ethel on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Courage Cottage in Morris.
Obert Leland Braaten, 92, passed away peacefully as Jesus took his hand and reunited him once again with his beloved Ethel on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Courage Cottage in Morris.
Obert, son of John O. and Mina (Larson) Braaten, was born October 16, 1920 in Nora Township in Pope County and was baptized and confirmed at Nora Lutheran Church. Obert began his schooling at School District #50 through the eighth grade and later graduated from Kensington High School. Obert took over the family farm.
On June 12, 1948, he was united in marriage to Ethel Hanson at Ness Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake by the Rev. O.G. Aasen. Following their marriage, the couple continued dairy and grain farming in Nora Township. After selling the dairy herd to his oldest son, Obert and Ethel became Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) supervisors until 1994, when computers replaced paper and pencil. Obert read Runestone Electric Association (REA) meters until computerized turtles took his place.
In June 2008, Obert and Ethel moved to Skyview Court in Morris. Ethel passed away on April 2, 2010. Obert continued to live at Skyview until October 2011, when he moved to the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.
Obert was a lifelong member of Nora Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. He was also a member of the Heart to Heart Club and a member of the Kensington School Board. Obert spent many years as a volunteer driver for the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck. He enjoyed reading, ice fishing, feeding the squirrels, driving tractor, chopping wood and taking his daily walks.
He is survived by four children, Karen (Don) Auel of Elk River, David (Carol) Braaten of Farwell, James (Karen) Braaten of Kensington and Kevin (Leila) Braaten of Hancock; nine grandchildren, John (Sarah) Auel of Elk River, Ryan Auel of Princeton, Jeffrey (Heidi) Auel of Brainerd, Tina (Ryan) Biss of Wendell, Darrin (Maria) Braaten of Kensington, Joanna Braaten of Kensington, Alan Braaten of Kensington, Megan (Jonathan) Dove of Bozeman, MT and Nickolas Braaten of Hancock; six great-grandchildren, Katie Bedbury, Colin Bedbury, Erin Ethel Auel, Avery Auel, Inga Mae Auel and Dylan Braaten; brother, Johnny (Beverly) Braaten; sister, Mildred Dahlseng; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; three grandchildren; and two brothers-in-law, Arnold Dahlseng and Gene Froemming.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 25 at Nora Lutheran Church near Kensington. Burial was at Nora Lutheran Cemetery in rural Kensington.
Pallbearers were John Auel, Ryan Auel, Jeffrey Auel, Darrin Braaten, Alan Braaten, Nickolas Braaten, Ryan Biss and Jonathan Dove. Honorary pallbearers were Tina (Braaten) Biss, Joanna Braaten, Megan (Braaten) Dove, Sarah Auel, Heidi Auel and Maria Braaten.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.pedersenfh.com.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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