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Brayden Binford 11/18/2022

Brayden James Binford, age 18, of New Richmond passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 18, 2022. He was born August 19, 2004 in New Richmond the son to Harper Binford and James E. Thompson, Jr. Brayden graduated from New Richmond High School. He had a huge heart and protected the ones that he loved. Brayden loved warm weather, being outside and the beach. He is remembered as an imaginative, talented, creative and intelligent person. He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Curt and Betty Bottolfson, James and Doris Binford, Thelma Trago, Marjorie G. Thompson and great-great grandmother, Lillian McKeever. Brayden is survived by his mother, Harper (Andrew Zywiec) Binford; father, James E. (Adriane Sevelin) Thompson, Jr.; brother, Aidan Anez; grandparents, Matthew and Kathy Binford, James E. and Marjorie L. Thompson, Sr., Mark and Valorie Sevelin, Richard and Loralee Zywiec; great-grandmother, Ann Elfstrom; aunt, Hayley (Joseph) Needham and cousins, Graham and Brigham Needham; aunt, Jennifer (Scott Dewlin) Thompson and cousin, Kayla Marie Delaney; uncle, Matthew D. (Jackie) Thompson, Sr.; and cousins, Warryn (Kelly), Matthew Jr., and Victoria Thompson; great aunts, Debbie (John) Shattuck and family and Kris (Randy) McCann and family; great uncle Mitchell (Diana) Binford and family and great uncle Michael Binford, great uncle Jeffery (Debbie) Thompson; great-great aunt, Shirley (Raymond) Encer; many cousins, other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Brayden’s Life was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond. Visitation was also Tuesday from 11:00-1:00 pm at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Halos of the St. Croix Valley. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or in emotional distress, we encourage you to reach out for help: 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Brayden’s Celebration of Life


  • Clarence Minke Posted November 20, 2022 2:17 pm

    Harper , my heart hurts for you and your family. I hope God will wrap his comforting arms around your. RIP to Brayden Binford. My theoughts and prayers are surely being sent.

  • Zach LeKander Posted November 20, 2022 2:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I was in Brayden’s grade. Brayden was great at metal shop class and helped me with many things in that class. If the teacher was busy, he would be there to help. Rest in peace, Binford.

  • Kathy and Jerry Wettig Posted November 20, 2022 2:57 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss.

  • James Beliveau Posted November 20, 2022 4:30 pm

    I never expected it to be like this. He had so many plans he wanted to do with me which we’ll never be able to fulfill. It’s a shock to everyone, friends and family alike. Love you buddy

  • Valerie Lombardo Posted November 20, 2022 4:31 pm

    My heart breaks for you Harper, I’m so sorry. I’m at a complete loss for words… again, I’m so sorry.

  • Cindy Hansen Posted November 20, 2022 4:40 pm

    Harper, I’m am so, so sorry for your loss. I don’t have words & I would never assume I know how you feel. May God wrap his arms around you & give you comfort! My heart breaks for you.

  • Mara Bowman Posted November 20, 2022 4:49 pm

    Harper, we are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Brayden. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Sandy Sievert Posted November 20, 2022 5:06 pm

    I am so sorry Harper and Kathy. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you in this difficult time. Prayers for peace.

  • Karees Mathers Posted November 20, 2022 5:20 pm

    Our prayers of comfort lifted for the family, and his friends.

  • Randy, Jeanie, Lea, and Ross Posted November 20, 2022 5:25 pm

    Too all of my dear Bottolfsons…. Our hearts are absolutely shattered for you. There are no words that can comfort, or express our deepest sympathy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ross will take care of him, show him the ropes. ♥️ All Our Love, and may he soar on angel’s wings.

  • Dianna Nichols Posted November 20, 2022 5:27 pm

    Oh Harper, there are no words!

  • eastman Posted November 20, 2022 5:28 pm

    brayden had the biggest heart i’ve known. he was such a bright light in my life, i still can’t comprehend that he’s gone. i’m so sorry for everyone’s loss. he lives on in all of us

  • Jamie Lewis Posted November 20, 2022 6:39 pm

    Harper, I’m so very sorry for your loss. RIP Brayden. Too young. You’ll never be forgotten. Praying for comfort and peace for you Harper and your family.

  • Bev KRUMM Posted November 20, 2022 6:50 pm

    Harper, my heart breaks for you. May God hold you in his arms.

  • Rita Keating Posted November 20, 2022 7:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Harper and Kathy and all of your family. No words to even express this unimaginable tragedy. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Melissa Thompson/Olson Posted November 20, 2022 7:57 pm

    I’m so sorry, thinking of you Harper. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all…

  • Trent Landry Posted November 20, 2022 8:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss our heart is so sad for you and your family Love Lisa and Trent

  • Heather Zehner Posted November 20, 2022 8:19 pm

    Binford Family, my heart goes out to you all. I’m incredibly sorry you are all dealing with this enormous loss. Please let your family and friends lift you up, care for you, and offer support in whatever way possible. You are all in my prayers.

  • Laura Kopp Posted November 20, 2022 9:11 pm

    So so sorry, Harper! Please know prayers are with you and your family!

  • Lori Jarchow Posted November 21, 2022 12:50 am

    I’m so sorry Harper and Kathy!!! My heart hurts for you guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Pam PamSingerhouse Posted November 21, 2022 6:52 am

    Thoughts and prayers to his loved one at this difficult time. So sad, much to young. May he Rest In Peace

  • Asher Beliveau Posted November 21, 2022 7:24 am

    I’m sorry for your loss harper, brayden was like a brother to me. rest in peace bro.

  • Steph Karno Posted November 21, 2022 10:03 am

    Harper, Kathy & Matt, Hayley & Joe (and Brayden’s friends),

    My heart is with all of you. I can see that smile of Brayden’s still from VBS when he was little. I hope you find comfort and peace. Know I’m thinking of each and every one of you. Special hugs to you, Harper.

  • Matthew Parin Posted November 21, 2022 2:08 pm

    Sincere condolences from my family. We will be praying for Brayden and your whole family.

  • Jolene Mcconnell Posted November 21, 2022 2:35 pm

    Harper and Jim as like everyone else, shocked. Just know that anything I can do you both and family, please let me know. God bless you both. I hurt for you all. Huge, huge loss. Sending TONS OF LOVE.

  • Jan Radinzel Posted November 21, 2022 2:51 pm

    Oh Harps. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of Brayden.

  • CAB Posted November 21, 2022 4:12 pm

    I was in class of 2022 with Brayden, there are no words that can fulfill the pain that our class must be feeling, let alone your family. Just know that we will never forget him, he was always there when you needed a friend, when you needed a teacher, when you needed comfort, or when you needed advice on a life lesson. I am so sorry I couldn’t we there when he needed us the most. Fly high Brayden, you WILL live on in all of us, and to the family, im thinking of you and praying to whatever God is out there, that eventually you will be able to have peace in your life again. I know it’ll never be the same, but Brayden will be with you to remind you it’s okay. Much love

  • Lisa Mason Posted November 21, 2022 4:59 pm

    Oh Brayden your too young! Jim Thompson and Harper I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks 💔 for you both and family.

  • Seth Shafer Posted November 22, 2022 2:08 am

    So sorry for your loss, I met Brayden at the Hudson Walmart when I worked there, he was such a kind soul. Keep u in my prayers❤️🙏

  • Brenda Smith Kuhn Posted November 22, 2022 1:34 pm

    Harper I’m so truly sorry. Praying fir you, your family and friends.

  • Linda Sislo Posted November 22, 2022 2:39 pm

    My heart aches for your family with the loss of your beloved Brayden. May you find peace in all the precious memories you shared. I know Brayden touched many lives, including my own several years ago, as an elementary student who left a huge impression on me, with his free & energetic spirit. May you find comfort in all that was special about Brayden.

  • Lisa and Jim handrahan Posted November 23, 2022 6:34 am

    Dear Harper and family our hearts go out to you all there’s never a way to understand why hang tight to your family and friends there a godsend. We love you all!

  • Janet Wallace Posted November 23, 2022 10:45 am

    My heart breaks for all the families effected by Brayden’s death. I will keep you in my prayers for a long, long time.

  • Daisy Fulk Posted November 23, 2022 12:21 pm

    Sending you all so much love during this incredibly hard time. Jax and I are totally crushed.

    Probably one of my favorite memories of Brayden is when Jax & I first moved next door to him. We were hanging out on our back patio reading, drawing, soaking up the sun. Then, all of a sudden I hear 10 yr old Brayden say “Hi Daisy” from all the way up on top of our tall ass tree. Had to be like 20 feet in the air! I jumped out of my chair and was like omg are you stuck?! And he laughed and laughed. Even Jax did a jaw drop at that one! We were totally impressed with how brave he was.

    That wild, firey, bold, kind hearted kid will be so damn missed.

  • Joel and Kim Anez Posted November 23, 2022 4:01 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Our hearts bleed for you. God be with you and may Brayden’s memory always be a blessing.

  • Sue Krenz Posted November 28, 2022 9:22 am

    Harper, I am so very sorry for the loss of your son! No words can ease your pain, but take comfort in knowing so many are holding you close in their hearts. Many prayers to you and your family. Be kind to yourself, there is much love being sent your way. 🙏❤️

  • Anna Bolkema Posted November 28, 2022 2:46 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I never met Brayden but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about him from Adriane. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Shirley Rossing Posted November 29, 2022 7:45 am

    I was so sad to learn of Brayden’s passing. I only knew Brayden a short time as Interim Principal at Paperjack Elementary School. He. Had such a bright smile and big personality, Brayden will live in my heart forever. I wish peace and comfort for Brayden’s family knowing that he touched so many lives.

  • Julie Elfstrom Preimesberger Posted November 29, 2022 10:23 am

    I am so very sorry for the loss of Brayden. I’m Adriane’s Aunt Julie. We sure enjoyed having Brayden at our family gatherings and we will miss him very much. He was loved by all of us, and a big part of our family too. We have many happy memories of Brayden. May he RIP. I pray that God keeps you Harper, and Jim, in his loving and caring arms during this very difficult time. 🙏✝️♥️

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