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Walter Bratland, 85

Walter Bratland, 85, of Thief River Falls, formerly of Strathcona, MN died on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in LifeCare Greenbush Manor at Greenbush MN.
 Walter R. Bratland, the son of Oscar & Mabel Bratland, was born November 8, 1926 at Strathcona, MN.  He grew up and attended school there.  He married Marion Larson on September 11, 1954 at Fosston, MN. He worked at a grain elevator until he was disabled. They then returned to the home farm at Strathcona where they lived for many years and he did ‘hobby farming,’ raising a few cows and a few sheep. In 1986 they moved to Thief River Falls and have lived there since, except for the past year he has lived at LifeCare Greenbush Manor.
Walter’s hobbies included reading books & magazines, dancing the polka and he especially enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years—Marion.
Daughter—Marlene (Clay) VanHorn of Donnelly, MN.
Son—Marvin (Julie) Bratland of Strathcona, MN.
4 Grandchildren—Melanie Smith (David) Klein of Thief River Falls, MN, Matthew Smith of Thief River Falls, MN,  Melodie  Smith (Travis) Traille of Wahpeton, ND & Adam Bratland of  Strathcona & former son-in-law—Melvin Smith of Wheaton, MN.
Sisters—Myrtle Sterner of Thief River Falls, MN,
Pearl Lybeck of Grand Forks, ND and Ruby Erickson of  Thief River Falls, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and Brothers—Ben, Obert, Junior, Raymond, James & his twin brother Warren.
Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2 PM in Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush with Pastor Curtis Matz, officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery of Strathcona.  Arrangements were with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush.
Gieseke Funeral Chapel
Greenbush, MN

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