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William Briden

January 19, 1923 - February 02, 2014

Funeral Service:

10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

William Briden

January 19, 1923 - February 02, 2014


William Henry (Bill) Briden, 91, Sabin, MN, died February 2, 2014 as a result of car train accident.

Bill was born on January 19, 1923, in Crookston, MN to J. Elmer and Constance (Evje) Briden. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Crookston. On October 30, 1949, Bill was united in marriage to Gloria Mae Berg in Crookston. Bill and Gloria farmed, raised cattle, and owned and operated Briden Repair and Red River Tandem Co. They attended the Covenant Church in Crookston.

They retired in 1978 and for 31 years spent their winters at Tropic Star Resort, Pharr, TX. They attended the First Baptist Church in Pharr.

In 2004, they moved from the Crookston homestead to Sabin. They attended Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fargo, ND.

Bill was happiest creating machinery and remodeling cars. He also enjoyed family vacations, bowling and fishing. He was a lifetime member of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, MN and the Horseless Carriage Club of Fargo.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gloria, Sabin; son Jim (Lynette) Briden, Moorhead, MN; daughter Janet Briden, Chico, CA; son Mark Briden, Lakehead, CA; granddaughters Markell Briden, Sabin; Tracy Briden-Griffis, Moorhead; Elizabeth (Blake Jegtvig) Briden-Jegtvig, Hawley, MN; great grandsons Kenneth and Jack Griffis, Moorhead; as well as many family members and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother, a grandson, and a great grandson.

Interment will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, at a later date.

Memorials preferred to Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion or Bethel Evangelical Free Church.   


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  1. Richard Birklid says:

    nome ND
    Hello Jim and Lynette. it sure was a terrible to hear your dad is gone. we have watched fourm for more info. How is your Mother Jim..? hope she can get well soon. again well wishes to you all. hard to belive is happened. You all have to hang in there..Richard & Iverne Birklid

  2. Nancie Goodyke says:

    Brighton COSorry to here of such a tragic accident and the loss of your dad. I remember Bill’s quick smile and easy going personality. He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. I hope Gloria will have a complete recovery from her injuries, and can be comforted by all the years of good memories they shared together.

  3. Nick Werth says:

    Bowman North Dakota
    I am sorry to read of your loss in the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Aaron I Geller says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Its with great sadness that I read of the untimely death of” Bill” Briden..Bill was a long time customer of the family business I worked for: Geller`s Auto Parts, here in Fargo he was a friend of my Brother Sam Geller, the owner and he and” Bill” Briden were pals..They constantly talked about families,times and parts and of future projects” Bill” might be working on…Without queston “Bill” Briden was a inovater,magican, and mechanic, he built and rebuilt some very practical vechiles..The Toranado front wheel drive Pickup comes to my mind…I would guess he is more then likely making Saint Peter a special set of wheels never seen in heaven…He truly will be missed he left way too early,had many years to start at least a dozen or so projects..For the trips he made too a warmer climate in the winter..He is now in a place that is always the right temperature, Eternal Home…..”Bill” you will be missed!…Aaron I Geller

  5. Donald and Carol Fisher says:

    Warroad MinnesotWe remember Bill and Gloria from our Crookston days. So sorry to hear of the accident and Bill’s death. Our prayers are with Gloria and the family. He will be missed by many people.

  6. Janet Briden says:

    Chico CA Hi dad. We’re taking care of mom just like you wanted us to. And it’s a joy. Easy to see how you two loved and respected each other for 64 years. We all miss you and talk about you and what you would say about such and such and how you would fix such and such. Thanks for 61 years of the sheer enjoyment of being known as Bill Briden’s daughter. Was always so proud. You always made me feel important. I promise to biXhBremember the important lessons of life – answer fast and sound like you know what you’re talking about and never meet yourself coming. Love you dad. I know you are still around. I feel your presence.Love, Janet (Big Tooley)

  7. Harvey Taylor says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Jim & Lynette & Family, Sorry to read about Bill’s passing away, I hope Your Mom is ok after that car-train accident..

  8. Jeanne Rix says:

    Norfolk NEGloria and family

    We were so shocked to hear of the accident. What a tragedy.

    Our hearts and prayers are with you in your loss. We hope Gloria can recover soon. Merle has known you for so long and gone on so may car tours with you. We enjoyed the two of you so very much.

    Merle and Jeanne Rix

  9. Ted Knack says:

    St.Paul Park Mn.Cecelia and I were sorry to hear of the Passing of your Dad . In 1992 He was very helpful in taking Leharts 110 of the trailer and pushing it back on.Our thoughts are with you and family.

  10. Bob Oliver says:

    Auburn OntarioJim & Family:
    Our sympathy to you and your family on your tragic loss..prayers for your mother also.
    Bob & Lynn Oliver

  11. Shelle Ragan says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Brian Huseth says:

    Underwood MN
    With deepest sympathy please know our loving thoughts are with you Brian & LeAnn Huseth

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