Floyd J. Braaten, 86, Minot, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Floyd was born June 3, 1926, in Bottineau County, near Russell, to Calmer and Anna (Rice) Braaten. He was raised near Russell and was educated at Layton Township School. Following his formal schooling, he was employed by area farmers near Upham.
Floyd entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 28, 1950, during the Korean Conflict and served his country honorably until being discharged on Sept. 28, 1952.
Floyd was joined in marriage to Maralyn Waters on Oct. 11, 1952, in Bottineau. They lived first in Upham and then moved to Russell. He assisted Ivan Goheen with his farming operation until they moved to Minot in May 1957. Floyd became employed as a maintenance engineer for North Hill Bowl working 54 years until semi-retiring in 2011.
Floyd was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and the American Legion, both of Minot. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with family and 7 a.m. coffee at North Hill Bowl.
His family includes: loving wife of 60 years, Maralyn, Minot; children, David (Elaine) Braaten, Minot, Kathy (Robert) Wiedrich, of Cathay, Linda (Alan) Beyreis, Garrison, and Pam (Steve) Seibert, Minot; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Viola Latendresse, Upham, Mary Ann Lafontaine, Minot, and Ruth Latendresse, Upham; brother, Leo (Pat) Braaten, Great Falls, Mont.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Floyd was preceded in death by: his parents; sisters, Lola Brandt and Ella Miller; brothers, Gene, Donald, Melvin and Vernon Braaten.
Funeral Service: Monday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at the new location of Faith United Methodist Church, 5900 U.S. Highway 83 N., Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Sunday, Nov. 4, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred.
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