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John Tilford Broten

John Broten, age 85, of Bremen, ND, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at Ave Maria Village, Jamestown, ND.

John Tilford Broten was born on February 24, 1936 to John & Mabel (Tweten) Broten in Maddock, ND.  He was baptized at the South Viking Church.  In 1942 his parents moved to a farm they purchased in Valhalla Township, where he started grade school at Valhalla #3.  After graduating 8th grade in 1950, he attended the BCATS High School in Maddock for 2 years.  He was confirmed in 1951 at the Eden Lutheran Church and was a member there till the church burned down in 2003.  He then joined Grandfield Lutheran Church. 

In October 1959 he enlisted in the US Army for 3 years.  After basic training at Fort Ord, CA, he spent over 30 months as a mechanic at 575 Med, Amb, Sep in Ulm and Karlshrue, Germany.  After being honorably discharged in 1962, Tilford went home and took over the farm and farmed until he retired in 2000.  He also operated a repair business on the farm during the winter months for 30 years. 

Tilford collected a lot of cars and tractors over the years, along with several other hobbies.  In his retirement, he enjoyed restoring tractors and cars, going to car shows and threshing shows with the motorhome.  Tilford was a member of the stream threshers in New Rockford and a member of the VFW in Sheyenne.  He served on several church boards, Eden cemetery board and served 40 years as a supervisor on the Valhalla Township board.

He is survived by his family and close friends.  Tilford is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. 


Tilford’s Visitation will be Monday, August 23, 2021 at 1:00PM-2:00PM followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00PM all at Grandfield Lutheran Church, rural Sheyenne, ND.

His Burial will be at the Eden Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Tilford, he was a good friend and and a great neighbor he will be greatly missed

  2. RIP Tilford.

  3. Tilford was a great friend to my mom and stepdad Ann and Orville Johnson. I got to know him from our annual visits from NJ to ND beginning in 1973. Tilford was a true self sufficient North Dakota farmer and could fix anything. He offered help to many and was always a hard working gentleman. As they say they don’t make them like that anymore. May Tilford Rest In Peace.

  4. Saddened to hear of Tilford’s passing. Prayers go out to his family and friends. He was an awesome baker. Ann and Orville will be waiting to enjoy your company once again.

  5. A friend of both Vince and Dale. Rest in peace

  6. Sorry to hear About Tilford he was a good friend and customer over the years and always fun to visit with in his shop on the farm.

  7. Rest In Peace Tilford

  8. We were good friends when he went to BCATS. Used to see him Bremen at times and at Viking church

  9. Proud to be a relative of this wonderful man. Will miss having telephone conversations with him. I’m sure there was a wonderful family reunion in heaven. You can rest in eternal bliss now.

  10. So enjoyed our visits with you, on the farm and when you came to Washington for our cousin reunions. So sorry I couldn’t be there with you for our final goodbye so Rest In Peace Til.


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