Harold Brusletten, 84, West Fargo passed away Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Essentia Health, Fargo.

Harold Brusletten was born on January 26, 1928, in a log cabin that still stands today in Kenyon, Minnesota. He was the first born child in his family.  Harold attended his first three years of grade school in a rural Minnesota school and the other five years he attended school in a rural North Dakota school. While he went to school in North Dakota, he rode horses to school and he kept them in the school’s barn. In his free time, when he wasn’t in school or helping on the farm, he enjoyed reading.

In 1951, Harold joined the Armed Forces in Bottineau, North Dakota before being transferred to Korea. He was assigned to a heavy tank outfit, the third infantry division, the sixty fourth heavy tank rebellion. He was assigned with troops from several different countries for tank support in the war. He attended Northwestern University majoring in Police Management and graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Public administration. In 1953, he became the foreman on a construction crew which built elevators. He worked for the North Dakota Highway Patrol, working his way up to the Captain of the Eastern District, retiring after 31 years in 1988. After his retirement, Harold worked security at the Federal Courthouse and was a driver for Tri-State Auction.

He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Educational and historic outings were common throughout North Dakota and other states. He loved to read, especially historical and cultural books on Norway. Harold had a kind heart and always enjoyed the company of animals.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn Milbrath.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, children; Julie (Randy) Thorson, Fargo, Susan (Mike) Kish, Fargo, grandchildren; Shawn Thorson, Minneapolis, Lance (Annie), Fargo, Shane (Heather) Klosterman, Wahpeton, Callie (Jason) Carpenter, West Fargo, Angie Thorson, Fargo; great-grandchild; Brynn Carpenter and future grandchild to be born in May, step great-grandchildren, Shelly and Draven, sister; Betty (Jack) Stewart, Bottineau, numerous nieces and nephews and all of his patrol friends and coffee buddies.

Memorials preferred to the Humane Society or Father Flanagan’s Boys Town in Omaha, NE.

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  1. Bismarck North Dakota
    We were so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. During the time we were on the Highway Patrol together we would see each other at least monthly at the Commanders Meetings and always enjoyed visiting together. We also had the opportunity to attend NUTI Grad Seminars together in Clorado and Washington. Great times. He will be missed!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Harold was a very sweet, nice man. After visiting with him while I cleaned his apartment, I found out he hired my uncle many years ago on the ND
    Highway Patrol. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Moorhead Minn.SYMPATHY/PRAYERS TO YOU, JOYCE, & ALL OF THE BRUSLETTEN FAMILY.
    Harold was one of my Dad`s[Leonard Lien] special favorite relatives & friend.
    Lenoard used to talk about him `often`.SONS OF NORWAY was always a great meeting place inlater yrs…They are going to have a Great reunion…

  4. Green Valley ArizonaMy sympathy goes out to Julie, Sue and their famillies. I remember when they were young we’d go camping and we always went somewhere on vacation every year. After they grew up Harold and I took many trips in the US and spent time at our timshares plus a trip to Norway. Harold visited Norway 3 times.
    He was very dedicated to his profession with the ND
    Highway Patrol which he took very seriously and I was always proud of his accomplishments there.
    He will be greatly missed.

  5. Green Valley Az.So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. We did have some good years together I have great memories of our trip to Norway, all the trips and cruises we took.
    May you now rest in peace.

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