Aaron Braathun was born on November 9, 1921 in Ames, Iowa, to parents John O. and Aletta E. (Rorvig) Braathun. He was baptized and confirmed in Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland. Aaron graduated from Roland High School in 1941 and attended Luther College in Decorah.
In 1945, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Ethyleen Cole, and together they made their home and raised their family in Roland. For most of his working years, Aaron was on staff at the Farmers Co-op in Roland as a fuel truck driver and later as a crop specialist for the Heart-of-Iowa Cooperative. During this time Aaron and Ethyleen enjoyed trips to Austria, Germany, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Aaron’s strong faith and his passion for helping others led to his service on the Church Council and teaching high school Sunday School classes for many years. Following their move to Timberland Village, he enjoyed and appreciated his membership at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City. He was very active in the community and served on the Roland School Board helping to accomplish success during the Roland-Story School reorganization and later on the school bond projects to obtain a new middle school and high school for the Roland-Story district.
Aaron was happiest when he had family and friends around. He loved sports and he greatly enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their school activities. He was also an optimistic fan of the Chicago Cubs.
Aaron passed away on August 28, 2013 at Bethany Manor at the age of 91. He was blessed by the loving care he received both at Timberland Village and Bethany Manor. He is survived by Ethyleen, his wife of 67 years; three children, Linda (Dave) Donohue of Roland, Don Braathun (Cathy) of Story City and Janice (Mark) Billerbeck of Radcliffe; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Blessed be the memory of Aaron Braathun.
Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and photos may be shared at www.soderstrumadams.com.