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Alden Bothun Oct. 19, 1934 - Aug. 25, 2009

DAWSON -- Alden Dean Bothun, 74, of Dawson died Tuesday at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lac qui Parle Lutheran Church in rural Dawson.

Visitation will be in the afternoon and evening today with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hanson and Dahl Funeral Home in Dawson with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

He was born Oct. 19, 1934, in Riverside Township, Lac Qui Parle County, to Isaac and Helen (Westgaard) Bothun. He graduated from Dawson High School in 1952 and began farming. He served for 13 years with the National Guard.

He married Genevieve Peterson on June 5, 1954, in Dawson. He was a member of the Lac Qui Parle Lutheran Church and served on the Dawson-Boyd School Board for 19 years. They moved into Dawson in 2005 and he continued farming with his son and grandsons. He also picked up and delivered cars for Lee Motors.

He is survived by his wife; six sons: Brad (and Martie) Bothun of Pierre, S.D., Steve (and Lisa) Bothun of Rosemount, Greg (and Tami) Bothun, Kevin (and Monica) Bothun, Don (and LuAnn) Bothun, Doug (and Debbie) Bothun, all of Dawson; 27 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one brother: Verdell (and Diane) Bothun of New River, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson.