Kenneth “Buddy” Brien / Ho’Neohpo’aestse

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Kenneth “Buddy” Brien / Ho’Neohpo’aestse

Kenneth Bruce Brien, 40, Colstrip, Montana, formerly of Lame Deer, Montana, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 in Kalispell, Montana, after a short battle with COVID-19.

He was born August 24, 1981 to Eva Mae Foote and Ronald Bruce Brien in Crow Agency, Montana. He was a member of the Greasy Mouth clan and a child of the Big Lodge clan. His Cheyenne name was Ho’Neohpo’aestse / Gray Wolf.

Buddy, as he was affectionately known, grew up in Crow Agency and attended schools in Crow Agency, St. Xavier, Montana and Hardin, Montana. He attended high school in Lame Deer, where he enjoyed playing football and basketball and other sports. He attended Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan, Montana where he learned a trade in heavy equipment and later earned his high school diploma.

Buddy returned to Lame Deer where he worked construction. He then went to work at St. Labre and other jobs before going to work at Colstrip Inn & Suites the last four years of his life.

He enjoyed football and was a diehard New England Patriots fan and loved to joke and tease other family members about the game. He also enjoyed calling and bantering with his dad, Kenneth, to tease him about being a Dallas Cowboys fan and his mom for being a 49’ers fan.

He had a great sense of humor and always made people feel loved and happy with his contagious laughter and happiness. Everyone felt it when he walked in a room.

Buddy enjoyed working on his cars and other electronic devices and was always tinkering with something to get it working again.

Calling his family by nicknames was an endearment for him. Many of the people he loved had nicknames.

Buddy was a wonderful dad and loved his children more than anything else in the world. A favorite pastime for Buddy was spending time outdoors with his children. He could make going for a car ride special and he loved taking his kids out for ice cream and just spending special time together and telling stories and making memories.

He loved playing video games with his sons Keyson and Teddy and his brother Robert Foote.

Buddy loved hanging out with his older brother Corey and just hanging out and doing “guy” things together. Buddy loved his family and friends and just enjoyed life to the fullest.

Buddy was preceded in death by his father Ronald Bruce Brien; maternal grandparents, Edna Redfox and Robert Foote; paternal grandparents, Ella Tallbull and Robert Brien, Joy and Kenneth “Buddy” Brien Sr.; and his brothers, Clarence Joshua Brien and Adrian Spotted Elk.

He is survived by his wife Mariah Brien; his children Joseph ManyHides, of Browning, Keyson, Teddy, Ronnie, Kimberly, Olivia and Cheyenne, of Ashland; his mother, Eva Marie Foote; his dad, Kenneth (Theresa) Brien EnemyHunter; his mom, Deanna (Terry) Dennis; his brothers, Corey Spotted Elk, and Joshua Walks Last; his sisters, Crystal (David) Hickman, Diana (Nick) Brien James, Kim Brien, and Taylor Huss Brien; aunties, Bobaleen Brien, Valerie (Travis) Birdinground, Sherri Don’t Mix, Barbie Brien, Rena Frank, Charlotte Blackwolf, Zippy Tall Bull, Martha Larimer, and Connie Wilcott; special aunties, Georgia Wilson, Mary Walks Last, and Lucille White Hip; uncles, Curtis Brien, Eric (Lorrie) Brien, Danny (Teri) Brien, Harold (Danetta) Brien, Larry Dean Brien, Vernon Brien, Verlin Foote, Vincent (Clara) White Crane, Reginald Kills Night, Robert Brien IV, and Mathew Brien; Godparents, Glenda and Marvin Dawes; special friends and relatives, Donna Backbone, Shaylene, Brandy, Jeremy, Randall and Reasco Killsnight, Desi Rowland, Deanna Whitecrane, Michael “MJ” Foote, Shandon Wallowing, Preston Gray, Steven Carrel, Amanda Whitecrane, Robert Foote, Daniel “Dan-Dan”, Maria and Luella Brien, William Howe Jr., and Jay Bigback; and many other cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles and aunties too numerous to mention.

We will miss you and will hold you close to our hearts. Thank you for giving us so many wonderful memories. You will live on through your children.

Buddy’s family is very large, if we have forgotten to acknowledge you in our time of grief please forgive us.

Traditional wake was held on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at St. Labre Mission in Ashland. Graveside funeral service was held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at St. Labre Cemetery in Ashland.

Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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