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January 21, 2003
Burial Date: January 24, 2003
Funeral Home Dickinson, ND
Funeral: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dickinson
Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond A. Kilen, 76, of Dickinson is Friday, January 24, 2003, 10:00 a. m. at St. Patrick?s Catholic Church with Father Austin Vetter, celebrating. Interment will be at a later date at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Dickinson Veterans Drill Team will provide military rites. Visitation is Thursday from 9:00 a. m. to 9:00 p. m. with a rosary at 7:00 p. m. at Stevenson-Mischel-Olson Chapel. Raymond passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at his home. Raymond, a son of Carl & Frances (Drury) Kilen was born November 25, 1926, in Curlew, ND. He grew up and attended schools in the Almont, Curlew and Sims areas. Ray began working at an early age with the Northern Pacific Railroad as section hand. He entered the US Army on March 6, 1945, serving until November 26, 1946. August 3, 1953, Raymond married Anna Marie Armbrust at St. Joseph?s Catholic Church. Raymond returned to Mandan where he worked as a fireman for the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1965, the family moved to Dickinson and have made their home here since. In the early 60?s, Raymond was promoted to Engineer and continued working for Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Elks, Eagles, VFW, American Legion, Forty & Eight, St. Anthony Club, Odd fellows, Sons of Norway, Friday Nite Gang and St. Patrick?s Catholic Church. He enjoyed as well as being a very accomplished musician with the ability to play many instruments. Not only was Raymond an avid fisherman but also, he loved teaching his grandchildren the sport. He found enjoyment in playing cards, rodeos, baseball, woodworking, spending the winter months in Arizona and restoring his 46 Oldsmobile. Raymond will be greatly missed by his wife, Anna Marie of Dickinson, two daughters, RayAnn Kilen of Dickinson, Sandra (Eldon) Rohde of Halliday; grandchildren, Emily (Melvin) Albert of Fargo, Elizabeth, Luke, Carl, Riley and Tanner Rohde; five sisters, Mavis Voracek of Fargo, Florence Nagle of Mandan, Grace Smith of Almont, Etheleen (Burton) Hoovestal of New Salem, Charlotte (Edward) Thiel of Almont; three brothers, Virgil (Lorraine) Kilen of New Salem, Thornton (Caroline) Kilen of Mandan, Tharen (Mary) Kilen of Mandan and one sister-in-law, Helen Kilen of Mandan. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Norman Kilen.