Hunter Braden, 23, passed away on September 29, 2022 in Billings, MT. Hunter was born in Great Falls, MT on August 10, 1999 to Scott Braden and Jodi Kirkwood. Shortly following his birth, he returned to his home in Miles City, MT. Hunter attended Garfield Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Middle School, and Custer County High School in Miles City. He also attended a semester at Williston High School his sophomore year; he, however graduated from Custer County High School in 2018.
Hunter was an extremely talented athlete playing baseball, soccer, football, and hockey. He played Hockey for the Miles City Generals and was one of the highest goal scorers that ever played for the Generals during his time in the Squirts and Peewee leagues. He received many awards for his achievements including, but not limited to, best offensive player. He was one of the few players who had ever scored a “hat trick”, let alone 3 in a single season of Peewees. For those of you that aren’t hockey fans, a “hat trick” is 3 + goals in a single game. He was so humble in his talents and always strived to be a positive role model and leader for his peers in all of the sports he played.
Hunter was incredibly intelligent and had a photographic memory from the time he was a small child. He always amazed me with how smart he was, i.e. once identifying a painting on an office wall as being one of Vincent Van Gogh. He was only roughly 6 or 7 years old at the time. He educated us on detailed information about the famous painter. He spoke of the painter’s history, personal details about him as a person, his personal tragedies, and the type of art he painted. I had no idea where he had learned about it. When asked, he boldly said “I learned it in art class.”
Hunter had the best sense of humor, always making others laugh. He was so quick witted and clever, always finding a way to catch you off guard and blow your mind with his humor. He was always a kind and caring soul, exhibiting empathy for others, even though he sometimes had trouble expressing his feelings and emotions. He enjoyed the outdoors, specifically hunting, fishing, camping, etc. One of his greatest passions however, was dirt bikes. He loved riding dirt bikes from a very young age and planned on purchasing many motorcycles in the future. He loved listening to music and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Hunter had a way of drawing people in with just his presence. The impact Hunter had on others is unmeasurable.
Hunter held many different jobs during his life, with experience in auto mechanics and tire work. He worked for his father at Rolling Rubber for a period of time while living in Miles City. After graduating from high school, he moved to Williston with his mother and stepfather, Doug Kirkwood. He worked for Ford Motor Company under his stepfather for roughly a year and a half, gaining their respect and positively impacting everyone he worked with there. He took tremendous pride in his job there and planned to return to Williston (and Ford) possibly in the future. At the time of his death, he was employed by Transition Landscaping. He loved this job and those he worked with. His boss and coworkers described him as their “unofficial adopted son” and incorporated him wholeheartedly into their little family. They, along with all of his family and friends were so very proud of him. He will be forever missed.
Hunter was preceded in death by his Great Grandparents Buzz and Georgia Goldenstein, Great Grandparents John and Borghild Storrusten, Grandmother Linda Storrusten, Great Uncle Jack Storrusten, Cousin Todd Storrusten, Brother Gage Braden, Grandparents Bernard and Caroline Braden, Aunt Barbara Ammon, Aunt Susan Braden, Aunt Cindy Braden, Uncle Mike Houston, Aunt Shelly Braden, cousin Robb Dundas, Great Grandma Nona, Great Grandparents Johnny and Dorothy Johnstone, Grandparents Ray and Sandy Kirkwood, and several friends he considered brothers.
Hunter is survived by his mother Jodi Kirkwood, father Scott Braden, stepfather Doug Kirkwood, stepmother Dawn Barker Krahwinkel, brother’s Quinton (Rachel) and Trace Kirkwood, brother Jon Milloy (Johna), Sister’s Samantha McGowan (Brad Rasmussen and Allan J Buck III). Brittany Askin (Garrett, Khloe, and Kyler) Kiara Efta, Grandfather Don Storrusten, Uncle Chad Storrusten (Teri), Uncle Dane Storrusten (Theda), Aunt Shirley Dundas (Doug), Uncle Bill Braden, Aunt Sharon Braden, Uncle Buck Braden, Uncle Brad Braden, Uncle Steve Braden (Janelle), Aunt Bernie Braden, Aunt Brenda Huston, Uncle Dave (Heidi), and numerous cousins and friends he considered family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. at The Parlor, 1806 Main St., Miles City, MT. Please bring any pictures you have of Hunter to the celebration, a cork board will be provided to place pictures on. The family would like to have this as a keepsake.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the family to help cover funeral expenses.