Olaf R. Breden Jr., age 86, of Wyndmere, ND, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021, at Villa Maria in Fargo, ND. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021, from 5 PM to 7 PM followed by his 7 PM prayer service at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home. Visitation will continue Friday, September 3, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wyndmere from 9 AM to 10 AM followed by his 10 AM funeral service. Fr. Troy Simonsen will officiate the service. Burial will be in Nordmanna Cemetery in McLeod, ND. A livestream of the service will be available on the funeral home’s website. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, ND.
Olaf Richard Breden Jr. was born on February 27, 1935, to Olaf and Ragna (Solhjem) Breden in Leonard, ND. He was baptized on April 21, 1935, at Zion Lutheran Church in Leonard. At the age of 3, he moved to his forever home in Wyndmere. He attended a one room country school in rural Wyndmere before beginning his lifelong career as a farmer.
In 1960, he met the love of his life, Marcella Schudar, at one of the Breckenridge Pavilion dances. They were united in marriage on November 24, 1962, at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church in Cayuga, ND. Together they had one son, Richard, and raised him in rural Wyndmere.
Farming was Olaf’s life. He passed on that passion to his son and together they farmed for over 35 years. He took pride in his farm and his collection of John Deere tractors. When he wasn’t farming, he would winter in San Tan Valley, AZ, with Marcella and spent as much time with his family as he could.
His easy going, family oriented, and sociable personality will forever be missed by his wife of almost 60 years, Marcella Breden; son, Richard Breden; granddaughters, Breanna and McKenzie Breden; brother-in-law, Glen Claus; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mellem, Virginia Litchfield, Barbara McBrien, Rosanne (Mike) Rebson, and Marion Schudar; and several other loving family members and friends.
Olaf was preceded in death by his parents, Olaf and Ragna Breden; brothers, Joseph Breden, Alvin Breden, and Obert Breden; and sisters, Elma Hegseth and Ruth Claus.