BOYD BRAKKEN...proud veteran of the cavalry,devoted husband and father

Boyd Brakken, longtime resident of Queen Anne, died Dec. 19, 2006, at Swedish-Ballard Hospital following a short illness.

He was 92.

Born May 27, 1914, in Osakis, Minn., to Martin and Eleanor Brakken, he was raised with nine sisters and brothers in a Norwegian community.

Mr. Brakken joined the United States Army at the age of 19 and proudly served at Fort Mead during the last days of the U.S. Horse Cavalry. The military took him to posts in Europe, Japan and Alaska. While stationed at the Chilkoot Barracks in Haines, Alaska, he met his wife-to-be, Margaret Barnett. Together they raised four sons: Alan, Dale, Boyd Jr. and Eric.

Upon retiring from the Army, the family settled on a farm near Puyallup. They also enjoyed life in the Nevada desert, until the birth of granddaughters in Seattle sparked their eventual settling in the Northwest.

In Seattle they made their home on Queen Anne Hill, where they gardened, took daily walks and spent time with family. After his wife's death in 2002, Mr. Brakken moved to the Norse Home on Phinney Ridge. There he continued his dedication to exercise and pursued his interests in finance and current events.

In addition to his wife Margaret, Mr. Brakken was preceded in death by his son Dale and siblings Isadora, Virginia, Harold, Ronald and Joyce. He is survived by his sons Alan, of Sumner, and Boyd and Eric (wife Patti), of Seattle; granddaughters Shelby (Joe), Morgan (Nathan) and great-grandson Indiana Maxwell, all of Portland; siblings Maxine Lobejko, of Minneapolis; Audrey Binkley, of Quartzsite, Ariz.; and Gary Brakken, of Seattle.

In March there will be a celebration of Boyd and Margaret's life at the family home on Queen Anne.

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