Michael Anthony Grady

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mike Grady was born in Billings to Richard A. Grady and Louise Flashman on Oct. 23, 1939. He passed away Monday, July 31 in his home in Stanford.

He is survived by his grandson, Anthony Michael Grady of Kalispell. He was the oldest of four children, two of whom are still living - Merle ‘Tim’ Grady of Titusville, Florida, and Carol Arklind of Discovery Bay, California.

Mike’s lifelong wife Elaine passed a few years back, as did his sister, Sharon, who did not survive her prolonged battle with cancer.

Mike loved horses, dogs, cowboy and real country music. In younger years, he excelled in calf roping. The annual rodeo was always the highlight of his summer. His horse, Skip, was his companion and co-worker in the stockyard when Mike was executing his duties as the local brand inspector.

Mr. Mike Grady was a carpenter extraordinaire. He built many a building, (tore down a few, too), lots of home additions or re-models. In 2016, he and Steve Vejtasa built Stanford’s newest building, the new laundromat and the Judith Basin Press.

Renowned for his attention to detail, Mike built everything from cribbage boards, spectacular chess tables featuring inlays of ash and mahogany, full-size custom gun cabinets, secretaries, China cabinets and many other heirlooms. Mike did many concrete jobs everywhere as well.

In Stanford, he built the display case for the famous white wolf, the display pedestal for the full-size horse sculpture, the back bar for the barbershop and the artist studio for a wellknown local artist.

Mike was also a huge baseball fan and followed the Chicago Cubs as a true fan. Mike and his brother made trips to Wrigley Field to see the Cubbies in person - one time going to a Cub’s game at 1 p.m., and a White Sox game the same evening.

Mike also loved cowboy humor and the annual cowboy poetry contest.

He read books like no one else.

He was a regular at the library in Stanford.

Mike also read the “Wall Street Journal.”

He gave freely of his time in support of the 4H club.

Mike leaves behind innumerable friends in Stanford, Lewistown, Winifred and Great falls. All have a story or two to share, as he was truly one of a kind.

Celebration of Life for Mike Grady

Speaking of stories, on Aug, 28, Tuesday afternoon, there will be a Celebration of Life for Mike at the Brady Park, a pavilion which he built, located next to the ASCS/Dept. of Ag. building in Stanford (121 Central Ave). It will be from 5-7 p.m. in the evening.

Bring a chair, share a story, and we will have refreshments for you to enjoy.

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