April 13, 2011

Marvin Braaten

Marvin Harold Braaten, 95, a longtime Arnegard, N.D., farmer, most recently of Watford City, N.D., died early Saturday morning, Feb. 19, 2011, at the McKenzie County Health Systems Center in Watford City.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, with Pastor Tim Swenson officiating. Interment of his cremains will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery, south of Arnegard. Military Honors will be presented by the American Legion Carl E. Rogen Post #29 of Watford City.
Marvin Harold Braaten was born Dec. 18, 1915, to John and Olga (Bakken) Braaten in Arnegard. He was raised on the family farm 12 miles south of Arnegard, and educated at Redwing country school. He was baptized and confirmed in the Zoar Lutheran Church.
When Marvin was a young man, he took work at Cut Bank, Mont., working on a sheep farm for a time, and later in the oil industry. He joined the United States Navy on March 3, 1942, at Salt Lake City, Utah, and was raised to the rank of Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 20, 1947, at San Fransico, Calif. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Medal, Victory Medal WWII, Good Conduct Medal and American Theater Medal. After his discharge from the service, Marvin returned to the farm, where he worked until he was 65, at which time he retired.
He was married to Verna Anderson on July 9, 1974, in Dickinson, N.D. The couple resided on the farm until 1997, when they moved into Watford City. After his retirement, Marvin and Verna enjoyed spending time at McKenzie Bay and spending winters in Mesa, Ariz.
He was a member of Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, the VFW and the American Legion, Carl E. Rogen Post #29 of Watford City. He served on the Elsworth Township Board, the Zoar Lutheran Church Board, the Arnegard Elevator Board, and the Wheat Modification Board.
Marvin was an enthusiastic and competitive bowler, winning many awards through the years, and he loved to golf, hunt and fish when he was younger.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Verna, of Watford City; step-children, Bob (Linda) Anderson, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Susan (Chuck) Muhs of Oakton, Va.; and five step-grandchildren, Laura Muhs, Alexandra Muhs, Michael Anderson, Sarah Anderson and Katie Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Levette; and numerous cousins.
Friends may share memories and condolences with the family online at www.fulkersons.com.