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James Braton Sr.

May 18, 1935-Feb. 1, 2010

James C. Braton Sr., 74, of rural Barnesville, Minn., died Monday, February 1, 2010 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim, son of Samuel O. and Gladys (Grant) Braton, was born May 18, 1935 on his family's farm in Prairie View Township, Wilkin County, Minn. He attended school and grew to manhood in the Barnesville area, graduating from Barnesville High School in 1954. After his schooling he farmed with his family near Barnesville.

Jim married Janice Czichotzki on June 14, 1956 in Wilkin County, at Christ Lutheran Church, Mitchell Township. The couple made their home and farmed in Prairie View Township near Barnesville, where they raised their family. They retired from farming in 1998 and continued to live on the farm. Jim lived there until the time of his death.

Jim was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Barnesville, and was a past chair of the Church Council. He served on the Prairie View Township and Farmer's Oil boards for many years. He was also a Wilkin County Commissioner from 1983 to 2000.

Jim was a huge fan of the Barnesville Trojan football and basketball teams, attending the majority of their games until his eyesight started failing.

He was an avid country music fan, traveling to performances whenever possible. Hank Williams Sr. was his idol and the family hopes Hank is giving Jim a performance in Heaven!

Jim was a devoted Ford fan, collecting many model and actual cars, pickups and tractors.

As Jim's health deteriorated, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him some of his greatest enjoyment. He thoroughly enjoyed their visits and antics.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; three sons, Jim Jr. (Pam) Braton, Jeff Braton and Jon (Wanda Garry) Braton, all of Barnesville; two daughters, Jackie (Laurel) McKenzie of Detroit Lakes and Judy Andrews of Barnesville; 14 grandchildren, Sam (Heather) Nordick of Mohall, N.D., Jake (Carrie) Nordick of Detroit Lakes, Jolene (Shaw) Loiseau of Colman, S.D., Amber (Cory) Blilie, Casey (Carrie) Braton and Brandi Braton all of Barnesville, Shane Braton of Moorhead, Brian Andrews Jr. and Kaylee Andrews both of Euless, Texas, Jon Braton Jr. of International Falls, Minn., Travis Braton of Spangdahlem, Germany, Amber Garry, Adam Garry and Alex Garry all of Barnesville; eight great-grandchildren, Grace Nordick, Payton and Lawson Loiseau, Hunter and Macie Blilie, Paige, Lydia and Benjamin Braton.

He is also survived by four brothers, Deloris (Peggy) Braton and Howard (Leona) Braton of Pelican Rapids, Sam Jr. (Joyce) Braton and Robert (Donna) Braton of Barnesville; one sister, Beverly Thompson of Arlington, Texas; brother-in-law, Jim Hanson of Hickson, N.D.; sister-in-law, Beverly Braton of Barnesville; uncle, Loren (Mabel) Braton of Pelican Rapids; aunt, Inez Braton of Barnesville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Jim in death were his parents; three brothers, Floyd, Kenneth and Ronald; one sister, LaVonne Hanson; and two nephews, Scott Hanson and Neil Braton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Dobmeier Funeral Home, Barnesville, continuing two hours before the funeral on Friday at the church.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Barnesville. Interment will be in Prairie View Cemetery, Prairie View Township, Wilkin County.

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