1-2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Gary L. Braaten, 73, of Moorhead, MN, passed away Friday, at his home of natural causes.
Gary was born July 24, 1942 in Lawton, ND, to Elmer and Evelyn (Grunhovd) Braaten. He was baptized in the Lutheran Church at Nekoma, ND and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Edmore, ND. Gary attended grades 1 through 7 at the Highland Central county school. He attended grades 8 through 12 at the Edmore High School and graduated in 1959.
He then went into the Army and was stationed in Germany for 3 years during the Berlin/Cuban Crisis. On August 26, 1967 Gary was united in marriage to the former Karen Ann Roble in Seattle, WA before they returned to Harvey, ND shortly after. In Harvey, Gary was employed as a brakeman for the Soo Line railroad for many years. After that, Gary and Karen opened up a carpet and drapery store in Harvey called Carpet Country. Gary and Karen also had two sons, Kyle and Reed, during this time in Harvey. They then moved to Thief River Falls, MN. While in Thief River Falls, Karen earned a degree in Social Work which led to Gary and Karen moving to the Fargo-Moorhead area where Karen became director of the Myrt Armstrong Center. While in Moorhead, Gary became interested in studying the harmful effects of the pesticide DDT on the human body. He worked tirelessly to try to bring awareness of the problems DDT caused.
Gary had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh and joke around, especially with kids. He loved singing karaoke and wanted to call it “Gary-o-kee”. He found joy in being with family. Most of all he loved just talking with people and could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He truly loved people and they loved him, too.
Gary is survived by his two sons, Kyle Braaten and his wife Renae of Detroit Lakes, MN, Reed Braaten and his wife Lisa of Minneapolis, MN; two grandchildren, Natalie (Kyle) and Sorren (Reed); sister Agnes Dick, and brother Ronnie Braaten.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brothers Daryl and Arnie, and his sister Ellen.