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Oct 13, 2012



Donald Leon Braaten, the son of Elmer and Olga (Austriem) Braaten was born on December 8, 1934 in Rugby, North Dakota. He died at the age of 77 years on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Towner County Living Center in Cando, North Dakota.

Donald was raised in the rural Wolford, North Dakota home of his parents where he attended grade school at the Juniata Country School then attended Wolford High School, graduating in the class of 1953. After high school he attended telegraphy school for a time before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Donald was honorably discharged from the army in 1962. Following his military duties, Donald worked for the Great Northern Railroad for many years as a depot agent in North Dakota, Montana, Washington and Oregon. After his retirement from the railroad, Donald spent some winters in Washington and Oregon with his brother Leroy and sister Evie. After returning to North Dakota he farmed the family farm, where he was a proud 3rd generation member of the Braaten family to live on the Pierce County Centennial farm that was homesteaded in 1900. In later years, Donald worked at the Leonardo Pasta Plant in Cando. For the past four years he has resided in assisted living facilities and at the Towner County Living Center in Cando until the time of his death.

Donald was proud of his Norwegian heritage, loved country living, old time country music, antiques and farm auction sales. He loved music, dancing and whistling. He played guitar, concertina and harmonica. Donald was a member of Ox Creek Lutheran Church of rural Rolette, North Dakota until its closing.

Survivors include, a brother, Leroy (Marlene) Braaten of Vancouver, Washington; a sister, Evelyn (Robert) Forbes of Eagle Point, Oregon; a sister-in-law, Darlene Braaten of Great Falls, Montana; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Braaten, and his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Rugby with private burial services at a later date in the Ox Creek Cemetery. Rachel Johnson, Officiant.

Friends may greet the family for one hour prior to the time of services at the funeral home on Saturday.

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.

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Oct 13, 2012



Boyd Keith Eagleson passed away on September 21, 2012 at St Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck.

He was born April 1, 1942 in Montrose Township of Cavalier County ND, the youngest son of William and Jonena (Bergman) Eagleson. Boyd graduated from Milton High School and attended North Dakota State University. He married Marcia Goodman of Milton, ND on May 8, 1965 in Grand Forks, ND.

Boyd was a member of the Army National Guard from 1964-1973. He served as a trooper with North Dakota Highway Patrol and was stationed in Towner, ND from 1966-1976. He returned to farm and raise Angus cattle and horses in Milton, ND in 1976 until 1985. In 1985, he returned to law enforcement where he served as Chief of Police in Rugby until his retirement in October 2005. He and Marcia recently moved to Mandan, ND.

He was a member of the American Legion, First Lutheran Church in Rugby, ND and the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association. He served a scout leader and was a former school board member in Milton, ND.

He was an avid hunter, outdoorsman, gunsmith, woodworker, and gardener.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Marcia of Mandan, ND. Children: Chad (Corie Delzer) Eagleson, Bismarck, ND, Andrea (Brian) Bonness of Mandan, ND, Sean (Melissa Kezar) Eagleson of Grand Forks ND, Jace (Jennifer Tofte, Bismarck, ND) Eagleson, Manvel, ND, Ashley (Kyle) Beeter of Logan, ND. Grandchildren: McKenzie, Tyler, Sydney, Tierney, Preston, Brandon, Peyton, Kade, Oakley, Kenley, and Karsyn. Great-grand children: Jayel and Elyn, brother, Sam Eagleson of Racine WI and sister Shirley (Floyd) Graveline of Bemidji, MN and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Ross Boyd; sisters Vyolet Bjornson Papenfuss and Lois Stevens; and brother, William Eagleson Jr.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday September 29 at First Lutheran Church in Rugby ND.

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Oct 13, 2012



Goldy Morrow, 75, of Beulah, North Dakota, formerly Wolford, ND, died September, 20, 2012 at her home in Beulah. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Peace United Methodist Church, Beulah with Pastor Steve Behrens officiating. Burial will take place at 11:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, September 26 at Wolford City Cemetery, Wolford.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM CDT on Monday at Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah.

Goldy was born on June 12, 1937 in Wolford to Mosie and Edna (Stoll) Yoder. She grew up and attended school in Wolford. On July 29, 1954, Goldy married Lyle Morrow and the two farmed near Wolford until 2001, when they moved to Beulah.

Goldy was a member of Peace United Methodist Church and was active in the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and going for walks. She also loved to decorate for the holidays and spend time with her friends. She especially took great joy in being with her grandchildren.

Goldy is survived by two daughters, Melody (Jerome) Heth of Towner, ND and Teri (Rick) Mitzel of Beulah; two sons, Jim (Carol) Morrow of Center, ND and Jeff (Kathy) Morrow of Wolford; eight grandchildren, John (special friend, Trisha Nelson) Mitzel, Matt (Lindsey) Mitzel, Amanda Morrow, Sara Jo (Josh) Paluch, Justin Heth, Josh Morrow, Zach Morrow and Peyton Morrow; one great-grandchild, Sawyer Mitzel; two sisters, Shirley (Bud) Larson of Bothell, WA and Della (Boyd) Stevenson of Leeds, ND; and two brothers, Edwin (Marla) Yoder of Rugby, ND and Don (Ruth) Yoder of Harvey, ND.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Lyla, her parents, and her sister, Sharon Elgaen.

Arrangements are conducted by Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.

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Oct 13, 2012



Katherine (Bischoff) Voeller, the daughter of Nickolas and Elizabeth (Schwan) Bischoff was born on December 11, 1917 in McHenry County near Berwick, North Dakota. She died at the age of 94 years on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.

Katherine was raised in the home of her parents on the family farm and received her education at a rural school near her home. On November 15, 1937 she was united in marriage to Nat Voeller at St. Anselms Catholic Church at Fulda, North Dakota. Katherine and Nat made their home near the church where the couple built and operated their family farm. In the early years, Katherine was involved in the many of the farm’s chores and in later years, the growing and preserving of food for the family along with the many daily activities of a farm wife raising seven children. She loved cooking and always enjoyed company and entertaining. In 1972, Katherine and Nat retired and moved into Rugby. There Katherine’s passion for quilting began.

Katherine was a member of St. Anselm’s Catholic Church at Fulda for many years, where she was active in the Catholic Order of Foresters and Christian Mothers, and a current member of Little Flower Catholic Church and was active in numerous organizations.

Survivors include her children, Richard (Betty), Rugby; Gladys Voeller, Brainerd, Minnesota; Rolland (Birgit), Breezy Point, Minnesota; Raymond (Judy), Des Moines, Washington; Lloyd (Mary), Rugby; LeRoy (Lori), Devils Lake; and daughter-in-law, Donna Voeller, Fargo; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Theresa Halvorson, Bismarck; and Helen Volk, Fargo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nat (July 14, 1983); an infant daughter; a son, Robert; sisters, Pauline Klause and Lena Kuntz; brothers, Pete, Jack and Vincent Bischoff; and her parents.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby, North Dakota with burial in the church cemetery. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.

Organist: Angie Deplazes

Vocalist/Cantor: Kathy Voeller

Honorary Bearers: All Grandchildren and Great-Grand Children

The Casketbearers: Curt Voeller, Tim Voeller, Shawn Voeller, Jeff Voeller, Scott Voeller and Kyle Voeller

Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby

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Oct 13, 2012



Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 at Leeds Lutheran Church for Willard Lee Westad, 43, Maddock, who died Wednesday Sept. 19, 2012.

Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Maddock.

Willard was born March 21, 1969 in Cando, a son of Willard and Gladys (Gray-Johnson) Westad. He grew up on the family farm in Albert Township, rural Maddock, and graduated from Maddock Public Schools in 1987. In 1989, he graduated from Lake Region College in Devils Lake with a degree in agriculture. He worked for Lake Region Grain in Devils Lake, sales barns in Rugby and Devils Lake, Strata Concrete in Devils Lake, and Sally Ebach in Minneuwaukan. He married Denise McGath at Leeds Lutheran Church. In 2006 he graduated from auctioneering school in Mankato, Minn., and in 2007 started Westad Auction. He operated that and the Esmond Locker until his death.

Willard was a member of the Esmond Volunteer Fire Department, the Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Maddock, the St. Petri Lutheran Church of rural York, a team roping circuit and a pool league. In his youth he was a member of the 4H club and FFA. He also served on the Albert Township board.

He is survived by his wife, Denise; two children, sisters Carol Erickson of Fargo; Doreen Clock, Minot; Kathie Eslinger, Minot; Vonnie Quam, Devils Lake; mother and father-in-law, Delores and Duane Wilcox, Devils Lake; brothers and sisters-in-law Greg McGath, Devils Lake; Ken McGath, Devils Lake; Camille Anderson, Devils Lake; Steve McGath, Oregon; uncle, Donald Gray, Washington state; aunts, Judy DePlazes, Cando; Lois Korth, Clintonville, Wisc.; Ruth Huie, Bedford, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Willard was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his grandparents.

Pastor Richard Budd officiated. Music was provided by Kathy Melaas, vocalist, and Paula Duren, pianist.

Casketbearers were Dan Bonderson, Junior. Logan, Gene LaMotte, Scott Smith, Jon Hermanson, Curt Heilman, Cory Heilman, Mark Williams, Bob Beranek, Mark Lysne, Kenny Richter, Mark Wack and Dale Pfeifer.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock.



Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Nelson Funeral Home in Leeds for Patricia J. Armstrong, 69, Leeds, formerly of Churchs Ferry, who died Thursday, Sept. 20 at Kindred Hospital in Fargo.

Patricia was born April 27, 1943 in Caldwell, W.V., a daughter of James and Laura (Barrett) Ellison. She was raised and educated in West Virginia. On October 12, 1965 she married Rex Armstrong in Waukegan, Ill. In 1991 they moved to Churchs Ferry and operated the Watering Hole Bar for 13 years. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at various nursing homes, but retired due to ill health.

She is survived by her husband, daughters, Dreama Ellison, Leeds; Laura Beebe, La Pine, Ore.; five grandchildren, sister, Judy Maulder, Narrows, Va.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, James; granddaughter, Faith.

Pastor Richard Budd officiated. Music was provided by Darlene Albertson, soloist, and Doris Michaels, organist.

Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds.

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