Aasten Herman Braaten, 86, of Butterfield, died at his home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Aasten Herman Braaten, 86, of Butterfield, died at his home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 22 at Community Bible Church in Butterfield with Rev. Tim Hall officiating. Burial was at Butterfield Community Bible Church Cemetery in Butterfield. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Aasten was born Aug. 31, 1930, on the family farm west of Butterfield, the son of Svienung (Sam) and Mabel (Iverson) Braaten. His mother died when he was just four years old and his father died when he was 11. Aasten attended Long Lake Lutheran Church and Butterfield School through the eighth grade. He then worked for his grandmother's cousin, Ted Olested until he was 21 and received his draft notice. He enlisted and served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1959 and was stationed in England and Norway. Following his return from the service, he worked for his uncle near Dassel before returning to Butterfield where he drove truck for Bill Veech. On June 13, 1959, Aasten was united in marriage to Agnes Adrian. The couple started farming north of Butterfield, they moved into town in 1993 and continued to farm until 2014. They enjoyed wintering in Texas, for a few years, and Arizona for 18 years. Aasten was a member of the Community Bible Church in Butterfield serving as a council member and on the BTA Board.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes of Butterfield; son, Bret (Annette) Braaten; daughters, Barb (Mark) Warner, Beth Winters; grandchildren: Blane and Connie, Mike and Paula, Nick and Jenn, Nathan and Cally, Nadeen and Jeff, Travis and Misty, Scott and Brittany, Naomi and Andy; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Anna Ringen and Mabel Olson. He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Kevin; siblings: Aaste, Olaf, Marland, and Asste Oleanna.