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Arvin Branden

Jan. 11, 1927-Nov. 13, 2008

Arvin M. Branden, 81, of Audubon, died Thursday, November 13, 2008 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

Arvin M. Branden was born to Henry and Viola Branden on Jan. 11, 1927 in New Rockford. He attended a rural country school and later, attended Audubon Public School.

Arvin served in the U.S. Army. He started his service on Nov. 28, 1951, and was stationed at RAF Fairford, England. He was honorably discharged Nov. 4, 1953.

Arvin married Marlene Y. Schroeder in Audubon on July 25, 1954. They made their home in various locations throughout North Dakota, as Arvin worked on highway construction. In the mid-1960s, they, along with their five children, settled in Audubon, where Arvin established and operated Branden Trucking. Arvin also served as a Becker County deputy sheriff in the early-1970s. He retired from his business in 1991.

Arvin was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church of Audubon. He was also a long-time member of the local chapter of the American Legion Post 339. He enjoyed family outings, fishing, camping, barbequing, gardening and visiting.

Surviving Arvin are his wife, Marlene Branden of Audubon; his five children, Morris (Marjorie) Branden of Romeoville, Ill., Daniel Branden of Vergas, Richard (Linda) Branden of Detroit Lakes, Yvonne Branden of Point of Rocks, Md., and DeLane (Diane) Branden, who is currently stationed at RAF Mildenhall, England; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two sisters, Donna Nicholson of Highland, Calif., and Venoie Hemmelgarn of Audubon; as well as his brother, Norman (Barbara) Branden of Audubon.

Preceding him in death were his two sisters, Clara and Darlene; and two brothers, Vern and Dallas.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 17 at First Lutheran Church in Audubon, with the Rev. David Beety, officiating. Interment was in First Lutheran Cemetery, Audubon, with Military Rites provided by Audubon American Legion Post 339.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.