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Richard D. Bracken

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Richard D. Bracken, 64, of Leeds, ND and Joshua Tree, CA passed away Monday August 29, 2022 in rural Towner County, ND. Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at the Leeds Lutheran Church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Everyone is welcome to stream the funeral service through the Nelson Funeral Home Facebook Page. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds, ND. Online condolences may be left at

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Richard’s memory to the Susan G. Komen Organization ( This is a cause he was passionate about after losing his mother to breast cancer, and his wife being a breast cancer survivor. He was always grateful to the help our family received.

Richard Bracken’s soul left this earth on Aug 29, 2022. He was 64 years young but transitioned doing what he loved, farming in Leeds North Dakota where he lived his entire beautiful life. He is survived by his loving wife Melody Bracken, who he has been with for 42 years, daughter Ashley Bracken and her partner Brian Barnes, daughter Amber Bracken, two siblings Steve Bracken (wife Mary) and Dawn Ahlberg (husband Mark), his dad’s wife Harriet, and 6 Chihuahua fur babies- Princess, Muffin, Penny, Lola, Rita, Frankie and his best friend Jackie. Richard also leaves behind incredible nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

Richard Bracken loved his family more than anything…except maybe onion rings. He met his wife in Bakersfield CA when he was hauling bees. Apparently, that city girl couldn’t resist his sweetness and quickly moved to North Dakota where they had their two daughters. From the moment his two girls were born, nothing else mattered in the entire world.

Richard was so goofy with his girls and loved spending time with their friends, always teasing. He lovingly assembled doll furniture and built them forts in the yard. Firewood was always chopped for the many backyard bon fires. He showed his love by acts of service for his girls.

Richard’s favorite time of the year was the holidays, not only because he loved Amber’s peanut butter kiss cookies, but because it meant an annual road trip out to Joshua Tree in his later years. He was planning on retiring and moving out to sunny California, because his home was wherever his girls were and that is where his heart belonged.

Richard told his girls he loved them every single day. He would either call them and leave silly messages or, once he discovered the iPhone, a day didn’t go by where they wouldn’t wake up to a text telling them it was a beautiful day and that he loved them. We will cherish those messages forever.

Richard is proceeded in death by his mother Beatrice Bracken and father Lyle Bracken. We are confident they are joyfully reconnecting.

It’s a wonderful thing to love.

Posted online on September 04, 2022

Published in Devils Lake Journal