Raymond LeRoy Bratager, 86, rural Nielsville, MN died in his home Tuesday, August 2, 2011 surrounded by family and assisted by Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Raymond was born January 16, 1925 in rural Nielsville to Carl and Sophia (Rensland) Bratager.  He grew up in Bingham Township on a farm and attended rural country school.  He farmed with his family until being drafted into the Army during the Korean War serving in Korea from 1950-1952.  After he was discharged he returned to the family farm.  They expanded their farming operation by purchasing the family's original homestead and adjacent land.  Raymond lived on this farmstead until his passing.

Raymond was an avid sports fan, loved farming and visiting with family, friends, and neighbors.  He was a member of the American Legion in Nielsville and a lifetime member of Salem Lutheran Church.

Raymond is survived by his sisters, Lois (Clifton) Waslien, Grand Forks, ND, Ione (Robert) Lian, Fisher, MN, Carol (Bill) Glass, Borup, MN; sister-in-law, Bette Bratager and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews and great great niece and nephew.

He is preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Lenora Bratager; brothers, Sherman, Kermit, Myron; infant sister, Clara.

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