Kenneth J. Gratton, 73, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of the Langdon, ND, area passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 3, 2018, at CHI, St. Alexius, Devils Lake Hospital.
Kenneth J. Gratton, 73, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of the Langdon, ND, area passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 3, 2018, at CHI, St. Alexius, Devils Lake Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial for Ken will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake with burial in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake. Military Honors will be accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team-Army. Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 7 p.m. The Rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus with Reverend Mr. Ken Severinson, Deacon officiating the service. Visitation on Thursday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral Mass. Kenneth Joseph, son of Arthur J. and Marie A. (Reidhammer) Gratton was born on July 18, 1944, at Langdon. He grew up on the family farm at rural Langdon, helping his parents with the farming and attended Langdon Public School. He continued his education at the Hanson Auto, Diesel and Welding School in Fargo, ND. On Nov. 14, 1967, Ken entered the United States Army and proudly served his country in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4 on November 13, 1969. He was a part of the Army Reserve until Nov. of 1973. After his discharge, Ken returned to North Dakota where his sweetheart was waiting for him. Ken was united in marriage to Margaret Hiltner on Aug. 7, 1971, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon. They established their home in Walhalla, ND, and Ken worked at the Bus Plant in Pembina, ND. A few years later they moved to Cavalier, ND, where he worked for the Gambles Store. In 1975, Ken bought the family farm and they had many happy years working on the farm, raising their three oldest sons, Troy, Todd and Tim and living the life of a farmer which he loved so much. In 1988, the family moved to Devils Lake but he continued farming. The Gratton’s were also the owners and operators of Gratton Construction, building houses, out buildings, remodeling, etc. Ken sold the farm in 1993 but his passion for farming never waned and he worked for many years on the Brad Larson farm until officially retiring in 2011 due to increasing health problems. He did work at Leevers for a time also. Their years in Devils Lake included welcoming another son, Kyle to the family. Kenneth believed in hard work, doing your best at everything and he instilled this same work ethic in his children. His sons meant the world to him and deer hunting season was a cherished time for all of them. He was a very talented wood worker. He made cabinets, bookcases, entertainment centers, rocking horses and so many other projects. He was very innovative and many of his projects had very unique features. He so treasured time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughter and was a great “hockey Dad” to Kyle. He was a member of St. Alphonsus Church and later St. Joseph Catholic Church and also the Knights of Columbus. Ken is survived by his loving family. His wife of 46 years, Margaret; sons, Todd (Chanal) Gratton, Devils Lake, Tim (Jamie) Gratton, Fargo and Kyle Gratton, Devils Lake; grandchildren Chance Zacher and Arabella Gratton and great granddaughter Lillian Zacher; sisters, Aldena Woolridge, Sedalia, Missouri, Claudette (Louie) Franchuk, Dickinson, ND, Julie Gratton, Devils Lake; brother, Vincent Gratton also Devils Lake; brothers-in-law, Todd Olson, Jamestown, ND, and Michael (Laurie) Hiltner, Kiowa, Kansas; special family friends, Kevin Hoffman and Jody Schumann; many nieces, nephews and cousins and his best friend, his dog Bandit. He was preceded in death by his parents; oldest son, Troy in 1990; sister, Joan Olson and in-laws, Dorothy and Michael Hiltner.