Bruce Edwin Braden

Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bruce Edwin Braden died on Monday, Dec. 21st, 2009 at his home in Knik due to a house fire. He was 54.

There will be a Memorial Service in his memory on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Christ First United Methodist Church, at 5137 West Fairview Loop, Wasilla. Pastors Robert and Tori Hicks will be officiating at the service. Mr. Braden's ashes will be scattered on Knik 200 Sled Dog Race Trail.

Mr. Braden was born on Nov. 10, 1955 in Lufkin, Texas to Edwin and Cecile Braden.He received his bachelor's degree in photojournalism from SFA University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

In 1993, Bruce moved to Knik. He was involved in the community on the Road Service Advisory Board and as a boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster. His hobbies included, tin art, gardening, reading and dog mushing, through which he made many friends on the Kenai Peninsula.

His family stated, "A modest man with a big heart. He was a hero to the underdog, a champion without a trophy; he had a passion for helping others achieve their dreams and goals and never asking for anything in return. A true friend of Castaway's, giving them a new look on life, a messenger of the Lord. Bruce was a wonderful husband and friend and had room in his heart for all he met."

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Brad Braden, maternal grandmother, Mary Hoskins.

Mr. Braden is survived by his wife, Katharine "Kit" Braden of Knik; father, E.T. Braden of Lufkin; mother, Cecile Braden of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Dale Ellison of Longview, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Ginny and Neil Bowman of Pearland, Texas; nephew, Drew Ellison of Texas; nephew and his wife, Brad and Rosie Ellison of Texas; nephew, Matthew Bowman of Pearland; and nephew Scott Bowman of Pearland.

Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.

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