Less than one week prior to his 93rd birthday, our beloved father, grandfather and dear friend, Maurice “Buzz” Flanagan, passed away with pride and dignity with his family at his side.
Buzz was born January 28, 1931 to Lewis and Ida (Kitchin) Flanagan on Spring Creek in Stillwater County Montana.
Buzz was the middle child of three children, including older brother Louie and younger sister Marlene. Buzz’s father passed away in 1935. Ida continued to raise their three children, with the help and love of Buzz’s uncles, Curtis Hart and Homer Kitchin, at the family homestead on Spring Creek, where Buzz attended elementary school. Buzz later attended high school in Columbus, Montana.
In 1955, Buzz married Barbara Holman in Absarokee, Montana. Buzz and Barbara purchased a place on Trout Creek in Stillwater County Montana where their son, Martin was born.
A few years later, they moved up the Boulder in Sweet Grass County, where their daughter, Tamera was born.
After the Boulder ranch sold, Buzz and family moved to Big Timber. Buzz continued to pursue his true passion in becoming an excellent cattleman and broker in both Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties. During this time, he also ran fishing and hunting camps, primarily in Slough Creek and Placer Basin, with the help of his son Martin, and many friends.
Buzz later married his second wife and soulmate, Mary Lou. She was an excellent business partner and his best friend. He continued to flourish in the cattle business for years, well into his 80’s. Buzz continued to get calls asking for his expertise in the cattle business up into his last years. Buzz was a well known and loved Montana icon - a true cattle man and cowboy at his finest.
Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Mary Lou, infant son Maurice Neil, and daughter Tami.
Buzz is survived by his son Martin, grandchildren Stephanie Abney, Calahan Flanagan, Larissa (Chris) Swanson, Daisy (Cody) Holden, Nels (Jamie) Flanagan, and Brigit Flanagan. Great grandchildren include Tanner and Talan Abney, Caden Flanagan, and Paisley, Maverick, and Josie Holden. Also surviving Buzz are stepchildren Rita, Geri Lou and Billy, along with his cousin Joe.
Funeral services will be held at Stenberg Funeral Home on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. Private graveside services will be held Monday, February 5, 2024 at Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee, Montana.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Buzz’s name may be made to the Pioneer Medical Center, PO Box 1228, Big Timber, MT 59011.
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215 Anderson Street
PO Box 723
Big Timber, MT 59011
Rosebud Cemetery Road
Absarokee, MT 59001