Harold Eden Brusett passed away Monday morning, November 5th, 2018 in Jordan, Montana.
Harold was born in the dining room at the family homestead in Brusett, Montana, May 18th, 1929. He was the second of five children born to Ed and Helen (Weaver) Brusett.
He had curly blonde hair that his mother wouldn’t cut until he was four years old. He started school at barely five years old so that his sister Alma didn’t have to walk by herself.
Harold enjoyed horseback riding and had pets of all kinds. He once roped a coyote he wanted to tame. Another time Harold got a few bum lambs from the neighbors. He kept them out of sight of his cattleman dad who did not want any sheep on the place. He and his brothers had to rope a range cow several times a day to feed them.
Harold attended the Stone School and the Green Ridge School in early elementary years March – November. In 8th grade he stayed with his aunt and uncle in Custer so he could go to school in the winter and be free to work on the ranch in the summer. He went to high school at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Montana and worked on the school’s farm.
He went to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He drove a red convertible and convinced Mareta Jensen to skip class and go to the next town to watch basketball with him.
Harold and Mareta were married June, 1st 1952 at her home in Texas. They left that very afternoon for Brusett, Montana. They lived in Kenneth and Ruth Butts’ bunkhouse and taught school while they saved money to buy cows and land. Harold made school interesting. Sometimes he rode a horse to school and pulled students behind him on skis at recess. Then they’d switch and pull Mr. Brusett. His teaching career ended in 1960 when they bought the Oscar Butts’ place in Brusett, Montana.
Harold and Mareta had four children. A son, Corwen, who died at birth, followed by Tara, Randy and Bonnie. Harold was an active father. He did Jack LaLane exercises with his kids before taking them to school in the morning—never late. They often went down to Devil’s Creek in the summer. They could stay as long as someone was waterskiing behind the red and white speedboat. On hot summer nights he was a good sport and slept on a mattress outside with his kids and all the nieces and nephews crowded around in their sleeping bags while Mareta pointed out constellations.
Harold became “Papa” when granddaughter Brittani was born. Next came Tierani, Cortani, Kyra, Laif, Jennifer and J.E. Papa saved part of his lunch every day just in case the kids stopped by the field. He enjoyed watching them play basketball, volleyball, show 4H projects, and rodeo. Harold himself played basketball and volleyball well into his 60s and seldom missed a high school game at the gym even after his own grandchildren all graduated.
“Deal the cards!” Papa called out with a big smile whenever grandkids came in the door.
He liked pinochle, farming, ping pong, farming, skiing, farming, golf, farming, and coffee at the Cenex.
He loved well and was well-loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Helen Brusett, a son, Corwen, a sister, Alma Greenway, and a brother, Dale Brusett.
He is survived by his wife, Mareta, siblings Morris Brusett (Geri) and Marilyn Weissenfluh, children Tara Eddy (Dan), Randy Brusett (Sharon), Bonnie Cooley, grandchildren Brittani Tooke (Robert), Tierani Brusett, Cortani Martin (D.J.), Kyra Pinango (Henry), Laif Eddy, Jennifer Ericson (Bobby), J.E. Cooley (Presley), great-grandchildren Taelynn Ericson, Bellani Martin, Baine Martin, Roan Tooke, Tiago Pinango, Remi Tooke, and Vivian Pinango.
No funeral service will be held. You are invited to join family at Fairview Hall, Brusett, Montana on Sunday, November 11th from 2-4pm to celebrate his life. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to GCDHS Athletics, P.O. Box 409, Jordan, MT 59337, Garfield County Museum, or the charity of ones choice.