In Loving Memory of Brian S. Graf "Bompa"
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brian S. Graf, affectionately known as "Bompa" to his family. He was born in Choteau and raised in the picturesque town of Fairfield, Montana. Brian entered this world on December 11, 1961 to Raymond and Beverly Graf and departed suddenly on September 15,2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories.
Brian was a proud graduate of Fairfield High School, Class of 1980, where he not only gained an education but also formed lasting friendships that would shape his life. In 1984, he embarked on a lifelong journey of love and partnership when he married, Crystal Gebhart. Their union was a testament to the enduring power of love and companionship, and together they faced life's challenges.
Brian and Crystal made their home in the community of Conrad, Montana. Throughout his life, Brian wore many hats, excelling in various roles. He was a skilled mechanic, known for his ability to fix just about anything that came his way. As a dedicated farmer, he tilled the land with a deep respect for the earth and its bounties. Additionally, Brian served as a compassionate Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), extending his caring nature to those in need. He spent the last 16 years as a vital part of McManus Transport.
Brian had a passion for life that was evident in his hobbies and interests. He found solace and camaraderie on the pool table, where he would challenge friends and family to friendly games. His love for fishing and hunting was a bond he shared with his beloved brother, Ed, in the breathtaking Black Leaf Mountain. Brian's music collection was a treasure trove of old rock and roll classics, reflecting his timeless spirit and appreciation for the music of the past.
However, the true joy of Brian's life was spending time with his family. Whether it was gathered around the dinner table, celebrating special occasions, or simply sharing stories and laughter, his family was the heart of his existence. His children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, and his love for them knew no bounds.
Preceding Brian in death are Emanual and Lydia Graf; Brother, Todd; Belva and Jim Maxwell; and many uncles and aunts.
Brian is survived by his parents; companion, Crystal; his children, Jeff (Jen) Graf, Kelly Graf, Carli Gebhart, Kellie Gebhart, Cole Gebhart; his grandchildren, Izzaha Werner, Kaden Gebhart, Kenzi Gebhart, Ari Gebhart, Elizabeth Graf and Spencer Graf; his brothers, Michael Graf, Dennis “Ed” Graf, Rodney Graf and Darrin Graf; nieces, Kory, Amber, Mariah; nephew, Thomas; aunts, Mona and Dana Sue, Karen Graf; uncle, Peter Mion; Ernie and Karen Tordal and a host of extended family and friends who will carry his memory in their hearts.
A celebration of Brian's life was held Saturday September 23 at NewLife Church in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Great Falls Rescue Mission in Brian’s name.
As we say "Train, train take Bompa straight out of this town" may we remember him for the love he shared, the joy he brought, and the lasting impact he made on our lives.