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Alton Branden, 86

Alton “Al” Branden, age 86, of Silver Lake, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016, at Glencoe Regional health Service Long Term Care.

He was born Dec. 14, 1929, in Emerald, WI, to Otto and Christine (Melby) Branden.Al was 7 years old when they moved to New Brighton, MN.

Al worked at fruit farms in his teens. He drove truck for Mengelkoch Co. for 41 years.

He married Pearl Jerabek Feb. 14, 1981. Al and Pearl built Lake Side Manor Apts in 1984.

Al enjoyed deer hunting with his friend, DuWayne, at Richmond; and fishing and camping at the cabin by Pillager.

He was a faithful member of the Faith Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the church choir, served on the session, and was a deacon when he retired from Mengelkoch Co.

He was a member of the Mariner’s Club.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Micheal; and sisters and brothers-in-law Eleanore (Fred), Virginia (Joe), and Wilma (Ray).

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pearl; daughter, Gerriane (Paul); son, Joe (Deborah); step-son, Dale (Doris); step-daughter, Sandy (Rich); six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, five step-great grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Wangensteen.

A memorial service took place Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment in Faith Presbyterian Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake.

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