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Donald Braaten

May 16, 1928 - May 16, 2013


1-2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo.


Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.


Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.

Donald Braaten

May 16, 1928 - May 16, 2013


Donald O. Braaten, 85, formerly of Fargo passed away Thursday, May 16 at Arthur, ND.  Donald “Don” was born on May 16, 1928 at Kindred, ND.

He graduated from Kindred High School in 1946 and served in the United States Army from 1946-1948.  Upon completion of his military service, Don married Eileen Oveson on December 31, 1949.  They lived the majority of their lives in Fargo, ND.  Don and Eileen enjoyed golfing and spending time at their lake home on Big Detroit and winter home in Mesa, AZ.  Eileen passed away in 2009.

Don graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1952.  From 1952-1959 he was County Supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration.  He and Eileen lived in Lakota, Steele, and LaMoure.

In 1959, they moved back to Fargo where Don began working for Fargo Investment Company selling and appraising farm real estate.  For over 50 years, this became his true passion, as he was one of the very first specialists in farmland sales, a vocation he continued until his retirement in 2009.  He was also president and a partner in Braaten & Qualey Land Company for many years and also served on numerous agricultural boards and committees.  The smile on his face and his positive attitude showed he truly enjoyed his work.

Don is survived by sister, Helen Humphrey, Portland, OR. and sister-in-law, Mae Anderson, Fargo, ND

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eileen, 4 sisters and 1 brother.


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  1. Janet Harbert says:

    Portland ORFrom his big sister Helen in Portland: Don, you were always a good-natured little boy and a good brother. You never argued. You and Ing shared a bedroom in one of the five bedrooms in our home at Morning Star Farm in Kindred where Glenda planted beautiful flowers in the yard every spring and Mildred helped keep our large family organized. Del and I often took care of you when you were little. We all liked to play Monopoly and checkers. You loved to eat but were never overweight! You were a very good student. You were good-looking with dark hair and dark eyes like Florence. You and Florence were very popular at school. You were a good dancer and taught Del and me some good dance steps. You always had a nice car to drive. You were a good brother.

  2. Duane Johnson says:

    San jose CaliforniaDon and I were the same age. I was only one month younger. We went to the same church with our families as children, we went to the same High School as teen agers. We joined the Army on the same day in September, 1946. We attended ND
    SU at the same time after our Army service and both of us earned a degree in Agricultual Economics After graduation we both went to work for the Farmers Home Administration. However, from that pont on, we went our separarte ways. Don went into Real Estate and I went into sales work for Lever Brothers Company.
    I will really miss my good friend Don Braaten.

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