Bryan was born in Plentywood, Mont. November 5, 1954 to Leonard and Helen Peele. He graduated from Antelope High School, Antelope, Mont. in 1973 and then enlisted in the Navy as a photo intelligence specialist. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where his claim to fame was the chance to be a "Walk On" on the famous TV series, "Hawaii Five 0". He later ended his enlistment stationed at Whidbey Island, Wash.
After Bryan got out of the Navy he moved to Thompson Falls where he met and married the love of his life, Jacqueline (Jaki) Draszt. He began work at the WI Sawmill until it closed and then worked at the local Ace Hardware. In 2003 he started his own construction company "Frame to Finish" with his son Doug. The two of them and their crews built many beautiful homes and were well known.
Always the rock hound when he was young and with an interest in creating something out of nature evolved the love of making knives, unique cribbage boards, and other one of kind items. One of Bryan’s favorite memories was that Jack Nicklaus, the professional golfer, was an owner of a knife he made inlaid with a golden bear and that he used one of his tools in a golf tournament on TV.
Bryan loved Montana from bird hunting in the prairie back home to big game hunting in the mountains of the northwest. Always an avid hunter and fisher he knew the land and enjoyed sharing his time with many friends and family. He loved showing off his trophies, photos and stories with all of them.
Bryan is survived by his wife of 36 years and his two adored children, Doug (Kristi) Peele and Kelly (Rob) Bitterman. Not only was he very proud of his children, but when the grandchildren came along, Papa could not be prouder or say the word "No" to any one of them, Brandon, Terrin , Kaylie, Madisyn, or Harper.
He is also survived by brothers, Allen (Ann) Sheffer and Leonard "Dude” Sheffer and his sisters, Shirley (Jack) Stephens, Ruby Stobie, Bonnie Vulles Dodd, and Kim (Lanny) Nordhagen, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bryan was preceded in death by his father and mother.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for Bryan Douglas Peele Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Elks Club in Thompson Falls.