Bradley Lee Kountz, 71

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Bradley Lee Kountz, 71

Bradley Lee Kountz

Our much loved Bradley Lee Kountz, 71, of Brockway, Montana passed away July 29, 2021 at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City from complications of a heart infection.

Brad was born October 7, 1949 in Miles City, MT to Jack Kountz and Letha (Mothershead) Kountz, the youngest of five children, Barbara, Sharon, Beverly and Harvey. He attended Pasture Creek School with his siblings and Mothershead cousins, and completed grade school in Brockway. Brad graduated from Circle High School with the Class of 1967. He began his lifelong passion of farming and raising cattle with his father and later his wife Mary Kay. Brad and Mary started dating after his mother encouraged him to ask her out. Mary had worked on the ranch a couple summers earlier helping Letha with the household chores and evidently she thought they would make a nice couple.

Brad and Mary Kay (Berger) were married September 11, 1971 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Circle, Montana. They lived on the ranch, raising their daughters Tina, Carey and Kaylee. He was a generous and maybe at times, a bit too lenient Dad, he was a Grandpa that absolutely and unconditionally loved his grandkids, and Brad was a loving husband who never failed to tell Maris (Mary) every day that he loved her. He was so very proud of his daughters, his sons-in-law, and his amazing grandchildren. If anyone asked him about his kids or grandkids, Brad would proudly tell them all about their accomplishments and talents. Brad and Mary took them all to Disneyworld in 2018, a trip filled with good memories.

He thoroughly enjoyed his family and extended family and friends, hunting with his friends and especially grandson Rhett, flying his airplane, raising top quality Gelbvieh and Angus cattle and bulls, farming, camping and boating at Fort Peck Lake and taking trips (as long as they weren’t too long!) with friends and family. He was a big sports fan and would cheer on the Circle Wildcat teams (especially when his kids and grandkids were on the court), the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Montana Griz, and the Big Timber Sheepherders. Brad also was also a big rodeo fan, making the trip to the NFR three times and was always looking for a rodeo to watch on TV. He enjoyed roaming the countryside in his side-by-side, a good rib steak and an occasional cold beer or a Pendleton and 7-up.

Kountz Ranch, Inc. held a bull sale for over thirty years and Brad always said the most satisfying things about the bull business was meeting people, checking out EPD’s to improve the program and the social gathering after the sale. Anyone that knew Brad would say he was an extremely social and generous man and seemed to make friends wherever he was. He never knew a stranger and whomever he met, before the conversation was over, Brad probably had found out the people they knew in common, where they lived, etc. Mary would be in a panic when she saw him in a deep conversation with someone and she would wonder if this was someone she should know and she couldn’t remember them. Later Brad would say, no I just met him. Brad and Mary retired from ranching and farming in 2015, so recent years were spent doing whatever they choose to do which often centered around grandchildren’s sports and school activities, helping the neighbors, trips to Big Timber to see the Kleinsassers and check out their mini cows and road trips with friends.

We know things won’t be the same without him or seeing that big smile of his, but we will always hear him say, “Just be nice!”, “It’s five o’clock somewhere!”, “Well, there you go again.”, “Time for another one”, and “Have a good one!”

Brad was a member of the Brockway Commercial Club, Brockway Entertainment Committee, American Gelbvieh Association, American Angus Association, a member of the Brockway School Board for many years, and a 4H leader. He participated in the Brockway Community plays when those were a fund raising project and helped out at the Brockway Dairy Day Rodeo.

Brad is survived by his wife of almost 50 years Mary Kay, his daughters Tina (Cary) Phillips of Circle and grandchildren Ramsey Bailey, Rhett Bailey, Flint Phillips, and Falynn Phillips; Carey Schneider of Billings, and Kaylee (Matt) Kleinsasser of Big Timber and their children Greeley and Izzy; his sister Bev (Jerry) Eissinger, his brother Harv (Patrice) Kountz, his mother-in-law Irene Berger; brothers and sisters-in-law Michael and Betty Berger, Clay and Sherry Berger, Deanna and Tim Rittal, Patti and Mark Soares, Greg and Noreen Berger, and Therese and Mark Iwaniak, whose friendships and support were cherished, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Brad was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Letha; his son-in-law Scott Schneider; his sister Barbara Sutton and her husband Henry; and his sister Sharon Reather and her husband Ron (Alice); and his fathers-in-law, Clay (Minnie) Berger and Mervyn Berger.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Circle High School Gymnasium. Interment will follow in the Brockway Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www. stevensonandsons.com.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the McCone County 4-H Club, McCone County Fire Department, Redwater Valley Ambulance service or to the Circle Wildcat Booster Club.

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