|Michael Kilen, 53|
|Written by TRF Times|
Grand Korks, N.D. - Michael Kilen 53, of Grand Forks, N.D., formerly of Greenbush, died on Saturday, August 13, 2005 at the Roseau Area Hospital, Roseau, as a result of a traffic accident.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 17, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Greeenbush, with Pastor Bryce Fellbaum, Pastor Ken Hart and Father Jeyapaul, officiating. Casket bearers included Daryl Bushee, Tom Hoverson, Rick Sovde, Daniel Novacek, Gene Janousek, Allan Gibney and Doug Kilen. Interment was held at the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Leo (rural Greenbush). Interment prayers were led by Father Jeyapaul and Stephanie’s sister Andrea sang “Ave Maria” at the graveside.
Michael Jerome Kilen, the son of Arthur and Helen (Bertilrud) Kilen, was born Feb. 27, 1952 in Greenbush. He grew up in Greenbush, was baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Greenbush and was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Greenbush. He graduated from Greenbush High School, Class of 1970. He married Stephanie Novacek on July 22, 1972 at St. Aloysius Church, Leo.
He farmed in Hereim Township, rural Greenbush for many years. He moved to Grand Forks, N.D. in 2001. He had served as Hereim Township Board Supervisor, board member of the Greenbush Shipping Assn., member of the Karlstad Eagles Club and was a member of the Meadows Condo Board at Grand Forks.
Michael farmed and worked construction throughout his entire life. He loved to hunt, fish and attend auction sales. His greatest joy in life was his two grandchildren who loved to visit in Grand Forks, N.D.. They also enjoyed their frequent travels and camping trips with Grandma and Grandpa. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Kilen; three children, Nicholas Kilen of Antioch, Tenn., Angela (Kevin) Peterson of Greenbush and Richard Kilen of Moorhead; two grandchildren; his mother, Helen Kilen of Greenbush; two brothers, Keith (Eileen) and Jerel (Audrey), both of Greenbush; two sisters, Carolynn Kilen and Ann Graham, both of New Hope; and one Godchild, Marissa Graham.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Kilen in December of 1978.