On the afternoon of October 22, 2019, Scott Howard Burley passed away peacefully of natural causes at Powder River Manor in Broadus. He was surrounded by his family; Scott was 92 years old.
Scott was born in Miles City, Montana on November 3, 1926, he was the second child of four and the first-born son of James and Freda Burley. Scott attended Kelly Country School with his older sister Carrie, they often rode to school in their horse drawn cart or horseback, even when it was below zero. Scott took violin lessons as a child and later learned to play the steel guitar. Music was a big part of his life, he loved dancing and providing the music with the “Powder River Playboys” and later in years with “The San Antonio Band”. Both bands were made up of family, friends, and neighbors.
Scott joined the Army in 1951 and he served his country until 1955. He then returned to his beloved ranch on the Cache Creek/Mizpah Creek. On July 16, 1956 he married his lovely bride, Vivian “Buntsy” Hurley in a double wedding ceremony with his brother Everett and bride Bonnie Cathey in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They were married 63 wonderful years. They worked the family ranch and started Burley Brothers Partnership with brother Everett. They ran cattle and sheep. Scott had several side jobs to provide for his growing family. He worked at the Truck Stop. In town in 1967 he took over Joe Gali’s mail route, 3 days a week with brother Everett, they shared every other week.
Scott was blessed with 4 children whom he loved so much; Debra Burley ~Feb. 18, 1957, Sheri Burley – Gali ~May 19, 1962, Jerry Burley ~June 18, 1969, James Burley ~ April 8, 1972.
Scott was a proud member of the VFW Post in Broadus where he served as Secretary/ Treasurer for many years.
Scott loved horses and everything about them. He rode on several wagon trains throughout the years. He loved his cow dogs “Hank” and “Spike” and his 7 greyhounds he used for coyote hunting. He was the most patient and kind man I have ever met – he will be missed.
Scott was proceeded in death by his father, James Burley, his mother, Freda (Mitchell) Burley, sisters, Florence Burley and Carrie Weber, brother, Everett Burley, and his daughter, Debra Burley.
Scott is survived by his loving wife Vivian “Buntsy”, sister, Thelma (Francis) Taylor, sister-in-law, Bonnie Burley, daughter, Sheri (Daniel) Gali, son, James Burley all of Broadus, son, Jerry (Joanne) Burley of Columbia Falls, Montana, 11 grandchildren; Travis (Amanda), Macey(Keith), Skyler, Dakotah (Sarah), Tymber (Bryan), Kristen (Brandon), Branden (Courtney), Shelden, Kaitlen (Dallas), Bailey, Brooke, 15 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Bible Church in Broadus.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation (diabetesaction.org) or Powder River Manor.