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Bryan “Buddy” Lewis Brah, 76, passed away of natural causes in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Born in Ft. Riley, Kansas on July 1, 1943 to Clarence and Mary Ann Brah, much of Bryan’s youth was spent in Houston, TX and Milwaukee, WI. Ever on the move, in 1969, Bryan relocated to Chicago, IL where he began working for what would one day become Northwest Airlines. Eventually this career led him to Omaha, NE where he made his home for a significant stretch of time. Over the next several years, Bryan made many friends while working and traveling with the airlines, and impacted the lives of the many individuals he met. He lovingly became known as “Buddy” because he truly was a friend to everyone he met!
Active and ambitious, Bryan played football, boxed, sang in a band, and served in the Army. He never lost his love for music and sports, enjoyed watching Nascar, hunting and fishing, was a self-proclaimed “history buff,” and had a story for every occasion. Never one to sit still and always looking for ways to improve the lives of those around him, he always started his day with a “to-do” list. He successfully designed and completed many home-improvement projects, and really was a man of many talents!
After 30 years of dedicated service with Northwest Airlines, Bryan retired and moved to Arizona, where he eventually settled in Mesa and spent his golden years with Nancy Heady. His life had slowed down in the last few years, but he never stopped being “Buddy.”
He is survived by his children: Brian Balsewicz (Milwauke, WI), Bryan Brah, Jr. (Austin, TX), Michelle Mayasich (Tucson, AZ), Erin Brah (Denver, CO) and their respective families. He is also survived by grandchildren (Kimberly Stoecker, Corbyn and Elyas Mayasich) great grandchildren (Noah and Samantha Stoecker), and his brother Spencer Brah (Virginia).
Bryan’s funeral and memorial service will be held on Monday, July 29 at 9:00 am at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.