With great sorrow, this world and family thoughtfully wished Lee Roy Brumley a peaceful passing on the morning of January 14th, 2020.
On February 19th of 1924 Lee Roy and Eva (Travis) Brumley blessed the Earth, and Forsyth, MT, with the birth of their son, Lee Roy Brumley. Of all the children to the Brumleys, Lee was the second of seven, and among them, the first-born son. He had four sisters by the names of Lorraine, Eva, Jessie, and Sally. In addition, He had two brothers named Ira and Jerome.
To capture the essence of Lee, he was the true image of a classic American cowboy. He had the perfect upbringing to inspire his passion for the cowboy lifestyle; he grew up on the family ranch north of Forsyth, MT. Oftentimes his hardworking personality led to him helping his father with the daily chores.
Lee grew up to be a fine, young man. As he steadily approached his twenties, he was soon called to the services of World War II in August of 1944. Over the course of his five months of European combat with the Army, Lee had visited several European countries. Upon receiving injuries during the war, he had become a decorated soldier with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart after showing his relentless commitment to this country throughout his time in Europe. Eventually, his honorable discharge led him to a new life in October of 1946.
Returning to the humble ways of living life as a cowboy, Lee felt as though this was one aspect of his life that he could not part with; living the life of a cowboy was his passion. He worked on the O.T.O Ranch on the Shields River, but Lee could not predict all of the many joys about to cross his path.
Lee had then met his first loving wife, Roberta Lee Ford. Beginning a family was an absolute must for this marriage as both were absolutely excited to enjoy the wonders of parenthood, and the young couple birthed three children; Rita Kay, Duncan Lee, and Dallas Wade (deceased).
Thereafter, the family moved to Billings and of course, Lee began steady work over the course of many jobs in order to support his dearest wife and children. His brother, Ira, was already working for the Post Office and he had convinced Lee through brotherly love to apply. Beings Lee was the perfect candidate with his steadfast ways, he had been accepted in the year of 1962.
Unfortunately, Roberta would not be able to assist Lee with the upbringing of their children, as she had passed, but she was always there in spirit to guide her children.
In 1967, Lee had the courage once again to find love while managing his ranch and raising his three children. One October night, he met the graceful woman he would soon call his wife, Naomi June Mortenson. Although they knew for themselves it was love at first sight, the dynamic couple took three months to build a steady courtship, and then married on January 6, 1968. Recently, due to God’s grace and good marriage they celebrated a 52nd Anniversary. During their marriage, they birthed two sons, Craig Allen and Mark Wallace.
In 1990, Lee finally gave up work from the Post Office and honorably retired to the life of upkeeping their rental properties.
Into later adulthood, Lee’s hobbies consisted of gardening and taking his children to hunt all of God’s beautiful wildlife Montana had to offer. He loved his freshly grown and harvested vegetables, but not without a side of salt or sugar. When his children entered adulthood and provided him with grandchildren, it could be guaranteed his sense of humor would come about in all of the silly jokes and stories he shared. He continued to enjoy the outdoors until just a few short years ago when his health no longer allowed him to endure the conditions.
Lee is preceded in death by his father, Lee, his mother, Eva as well as his first wife, Roberta, son Dallas, brother-in-law Bud, sister-in-law Beredena, mother-in-law Millie, and all of his siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi, by his children Rita and spouse, Perry, Duncan and spouse, Debbie, Craig and spouse, Jessica, and Mark and spouse, Mallory, daughter-in-law Cathy, and brother-in-law Richard. Additionally, his 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews are mourning this loss.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to A-Plus Health Care, and especially Dawn. Also thanks to Compassus hospice, Theresa, Becky and Kate for the excellent care Lee received in the past few months.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites individuals to donate to the American Cancer Society. A PUBLIC VIEWING will be held Friday January 17th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. MDT. A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE will be held Saturday January 18 in his loving memory as we celebrate the life of Lee Roy Brumley.