Curtis Braaten

Curtis Braaten

Curtis Jerome Braaten, age 76 of Aitkin and formerly of Princeton, Columbia Heights and Onamia, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Curtis was born July 4, 1937 at Starbuck, the son of Clarence and Gladys (Aaberg) Braaten. He attended schools at Starbuck and then in 1950 moved to Onamia with his family and attended schools there.
He married Joan Comstock and they made their home in Columbia Heights.
He worked as an iron worker in steel fabrication. He moved to Princeton in 1983. He married Alta Home Lind (Kowalsky) on December 12, 1987 in Princeton. They lived in Princeton until they retired to Aitkin in 1994.
He was the leader of the legendary Echo Valley Boys Band for over 30 years. He had a radio show in Minneapolis on two stations, KKER and WMIN. He was a member of the Music Union and did many benefits over the years to help many people.
He is survived by his wife Alta Hope (Kowalsky) Braaten of Aitkin; children and spouses: Daniel (Julie) Braaten of Princeton.; Scott (Chris) Braaten of Princeton; Gerald (Kelly) Kowalsky of Aitkin; Lori Kowalsky of Mora.; Julie (Kevin) Glanz of Aitkin; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brothers Adler Braaten of Fridley; Larry Braaten of Milaca and Dean Braaten of Milaca. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gerald Braaten, grandson Joshua Glanz and nephew Dennis Braaten.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30 at St. John?s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and continue Monday from noon until the 1 p.m. service at the church. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery near Princeton. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.

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