Powder River Examiner -

Scott Burley


October 31, 2019

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, MT on November 3rd, 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 music with the "Powder River Playboys" and in later 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, CO. 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 also took over Joe Gali's mail route, driving the route 3 days a week with brother Everett, which they shared every other week.

Scott was blessed with 4 children whom he loved so much. Debra Burley was born on Feb. 18, 1957, Sheri Burley-Gali born on May 19, 1962, Jerry Burley born on June 18, 1969, and James Burley born April 8, 1972.

Scott was a proud member of the VFW Post in Broadus where he served as Sec./Treas. 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've ever met - he will be missed.

Scott was preceded in death by his father James Burley, his mother Freda (Mitchell) Burley, sisters Florence Burley and Carrie Weber, brother Everett Burley, and daughter Debra Burley.

Scott is survived by his loving wife Vivian "Buntsy" Burley, sister Thelma (Francis) Taylor, sister-in-law Bonnie Burley, and daughter Sheri (Daniel) Gali, all of Broadus, sons Jerry (Joanne) Burley of Columbia Falls, MT, and James Burley of Broadus, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to: Diabetes Action Research & Education Foundation (diabetesaction.org) or the Powder River Manor.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 6 PM on Monday, November 4th at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 5th at Faith Bible Church in Broadus.


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