Services for Boyd Jerome Bratager
Boyd Jerome Bratager, age 91, of Erskine, MN, died Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Country Place Assisted Living, Erskine, MN.
Boyd was born January 7, 1927, in Cummings, ND, the son of Bernt and Clara (Rensland) Bratager. As a young boy, the family moved to Winger, MN, where he attended country school. During World War II, at the age of 18, Boyd was inducted into the army. As a Sergeant, he proudly served much of his time as an armored personnel carrier commander and a messenger in Tokyo, Japan.
On December 14, 1957, Boyd was united in marriage to Sylvia Hassel at Norman Lutheran Church, rural Gary, MN. Shortly after their marriage, they built a home on Boyd’s family farmstead where they continued to live for 57 years. Boyd’s true passion in life was farming. He farmed alongside his brother, Kenneth, for many years and later continued the farming legacy with his sons.
Over the years, Boyd often had sheep around the farmyard which helped graze future cropland. He tediously worked the land and successfully turned many acres into production. When not working the fields, Boyd was often found driving around the countryside looking at crops, perusing implement dealerships, and watching area wildlife. He also enjoyed reading, watching the Vikings, and especially observing the many species of birds that would come to their feeders. And, in their younger years, Boyd and Sylvia loved to square dance and spent many nights on the dance floor.
Boyd was a member of the American Legion, served on the Calvary Lutheran Church council, the Elevator Board, was President of the PTA, and enjoyed playing on the Winger Men’s Volleyball League. He participated in several tractor pulls with his Allis Chalmers One-Ninety, and he loved the P-38 Lightning aircraft from the World War II era. Later in life, he tinkered in his garden, so he could enjoy fresh peas, raspberries, and tomatoes each season.
Above all else, Boyd cherished his family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Even with the busyness of farm life, he always took time to make memories with family. His devotion to Sylvia continued as her health declined and he served as her primary caregiver. In August 2018, due to his declining health, they moved to Country Place Assisted Living. Boyd’s kindness and gentle spirit was known by all and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia of Erskine; three sons: Bruce of Rochester, MN; Jeffrey (Julie) of Erskine, and Brian (Marilyn) of Greenleafton, MN; one sister, Shirley Salveson of Moorhead, MN; nine grandchildren: Jodie (Zachary), Jairo, Bernt (Rachel), Brittany, Tapanga, Tabitha, Heather (Chuck), Derek (Sandi), and Brandon (Brittany); 14 great grandchildren: Colten, Ellie, Hailey, Izayah, Riley, Annika, Tyler, Sawyer, Caleb, Sydney, Greta, Quincy, Vivian, and Stella; and several nieces and nephews.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Bernt and Clara; two brothers, Lowell and Kenneth; one sister, Charlotte Bonde; and his granddaughter, Tenesha.
Funeral Services were held Monday, October 8, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Winger, MN. Visitation took place at Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen, Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at Calvary Lutheran Cemetery.