Allen Braaten

allen braaten

Allen J. Braaten, 76, Moorhead, MN passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo.

Allen was born February 27, 1943 in Fargo, ND to Irwin and Louise (Ellingson) Braaten. He graduated from Kindred High School in 1960 and later from NDSU. He was a Civil Engineer with the North Dakota Highway Department, retiring in 1992. After his retirement, he worked for Dayton’s and then sold cars in Fargo and Detroit Lakes.

Allen married the love of his life, Kathleen Kenady on July 9, 1966. Allen and Kathy made their home in Fargo, Barnesville, Rose Lake and finally Moorhead, MN.

He enjoyed reading, Outlaws Sprint Car racing and spending time with his family. Allen had a special place in his heart for those suffering from addiction. He was a mentor to many people, never giving up on them, never judging and always there when called. He was kind, gentle and the best listener ever. He was a member of Olivet Lutheran Church and the Recovery Church, where he had served as President of the Congregation.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathleen; children, Lisa Leick, Jill (Matt) Thomason, and David Braaten; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Caitlin (Karl Johnson) and Ryan Leick, Zachary Braaten (fiancée McKenzy Olson), Alexander and Sophia Thomason; great-grandchild, Aubrie; and brother, Dennis (Carol) Braaten.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Braaten.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Olivet Lutheran Church 1330 S. University Dr. Fargo, ND 58103 and/or Recovery Worship 3910 25th St. S. Fargo, ND 58104.

Visitation: August 21, 6-7pm. Prayer service at 7pm. Boulger Funeral Home 123 10th St. S. Fargo, ND.

Memorial Service: August 22, 2pm with visitation at 1pm. Olivet Lutheran Church 1330 University Dr. S. Fargo, ND.


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  1. My prayers are with you. It was an honor and pleasure getting to know and work with Allan along this hard journey. May he rest in peace with full joy and health with his Heavenly Father.

  2. Kathy- I am so sorry to hear about your husband passing, please know that I am thinking of you and your family! Hugs to you my mentor & my friend!

  3. Bob and Mary Jean Dennis are saddened to hear of Allen’s death. He touch so many lives. The angels have taken a very good man to a peaceful and beautiful place. God Bless your family.

  4. Kathy I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. Mike & I are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

  5. Kathy and family, I am sorry for your loss. Allen was a wonderful man. I spent many hours working with him on big projects at the NDDOT. He was a wonderful mentor and an all around good guy. When things went bad on a project he always stayed calm and cool and helped to develop a solution that was equitable to everyone. I miss his laugh and remember his love of cars. He is in our thoughts and prayers as is his family. We shall all miss him dearly.

  6. I have known Allen for at least 40 to 45 years. We have been friends and at one point neighbors in the Prairiewood Subdivision in Fargo after I sold him and Kathy a home there. Even though we moved to Arizona years ago we have stayed in touch and have seen each other many times over the years. He and Kathy are the kind of people who even though time goes by, we simply picked up from there and it was like we had never been apart. We were able to see Allen and Kathy about a month ago while in Fargo after he had just entered the hospital.

    Allen was one of the nicest, caring, and most peaceful guys I have ever known. I will miss him. He set a great example for many people and I know he helped many, many people on their life’s path. I rest in knowing he is at peace, disease free, and now with our Heavenly Father. God bless Allen, God bless Kathy and family.

    Howard Rostad

  7. Kathy, Lisa, Jill and David,
    My heart simply cries with you during this most difficult time. I have so many wonderful memories of your family with ours when we were neighbors in Prairiewood. Even though I cannot be with you, please know you all are in heart and my prayers. With love, Barbara

  8. Kathy- Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Allen’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Kathy; I am so sorry to learn of Allen’s death. My heart is wrapped around you, today. I am sad I cannot be with you to honor and remember Allen. I am back on Sunday, officially. We can chat then. God’s loving care. Your friend. Brenda

  10. Kathy.
    I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
    Julie McCoy

  11. Kathy, my deepest condolences at the loss of your husband. Praying for peace for you and your family as you mourn, but also as you celebrate a life well lived. Bon Teske

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