Brian A. "Ross" Sproles, 55, of Great Falls, MT. passed away unexpectedly in his home on October 2, 2021. There will be a viewing at 10:00 AM with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM at Croxford Funeral Home on FRIDAY October 22, 2021. The service will also be livestreamed at...
Brian A. "Ross" Sproles, 55, of Great Falls, MT. passed away unexpectedly in his home on October 2, 2021. There will be a viewing at 10:00 AM with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM at Croxford Funeral Home on FRIDAY October 22, 2021. The service will also be livestreamed at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com for those who are unable to attend in person. Friends and family are all welcomed, and the family asks that all who are not fully vaccinated to please wear a mask during the ceremony.
Brian was born in Great Falls on January 29, 1966 to mother Nelle "Dody" Sproles (Agre) and father Charles "Larry" Sproles, he had no siblings, but many cousins. Brian was married for 23 years then divorced, he was survived by 3 children, Jennifer, Justin (Tori), and Kayla (Wes); along with 5 grandchildren, Mckenna, Victor, Emmi, Morgan, and Payson; uncles, Steve (Rhonda) Peters and Randy (Brenda) Peters; and his mother, Dody. Brian was preceded by his beloved father, Larry; uncles, Darrel (Jackie) and David; aunt, Rosie; and grandparents, Art (Christina) Agre, Pete (Hazel) Peters.
Brian's love for music took him many places and allowed him to meet many people. His passion for music began with his father and grandfather who were also musicians who played on stages throughout the state. He started his percussion journey in the 4th grade with his teacher Rick Robinson, Brian excelled quickly, he soon joined the Golden Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps. As he entered high school, he was a part of Great Falls High School's Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and The Blue Notes. He also played for our Veterans at the VA hospital with his father and grandfather during this time. Afterwards, he graduated in the spring of 1984, and toured Europe for 6 weeks with The All American Youth Band. After returning, he entered college at MSU Bozeman to study music even further, he immediately became a member in the drumline and perfected his craft.
After 5 years he left MSU Bozeman to return to Great Falls to raise a family. He soon would join KMON radio, and was known as "The Morning Guy", and coined his radio name Brian Ross. He traveled all over Montana, meeting famous musicians and singers, if Brian could get an autograph, he would, and a picture would be even better. Brian was on the air until 2001, afterwards he worked around Great Falls and finally landed at Albertson's for 15 years. After his father's passing Brian finally got back into radio with Q106 where he finished his career as a DJ.
During all of his working years, Brian was locally famous on stages large and small, he was a phenomenal drummer, and he played all across our lovely state. He would be just as excited to play with big professional bands and singers, as he would playing with kids who were starting to learn. Brian was a patient teacher, he loved to educate anyone who would have a question about music whether it was complicated and detailed or simple. Brian listened and learned every genre of music, even if he didn't love it, he still would listen to it, and if it had a deeper meaning or a unique rhythm, he would appreciate it a little bit more.
Above all else Brian loved to laugh, he also loved to keep others laughing, he always had a joke, and his boisterous laughter filled any room. He loved to take time to talk to anybody. If you spent any time talking to Brian you were his friend by the end of the conversation, and he would never forget about you.
Brian was a passionate father, grandfather, uncle, son, nephew, DJ, musician, drummer, teacher, and a great friend. The world will run on a different beat from now on, he will be sorely missed.
Flowers for the service, and any monetary donations please send to Croxford's Funeral Home, the donations will be then sent to Great Falls High School Music Department for their drumline, in memory of Brian A. "Ross" Sproles.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com.
I remember Brian from when he was about 3 and I used to have a delicious ham dinner at Art and Tina’s when I was married to Raleigh Meade. I got reacquainted when my 2nd husband Kim Nelson was a checker with Brian at Albertsons: we reminisced about the earlier years,his parents and grandparents . He loved talking about his grandchildren. They were the loves of his life! Brian will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with his Mom and family. All God’s Blessings,Marsha McGavin Meade Nelson
October 11, 2021 7:13 AM
Brian was one of the first to welcome me at Albertsons (having always worked for a competitor before that- it was an uncomfortable change). He made me feel at ease with his smile and constant conversation and jokes. He talked of his family frequently, stopping at at the folks for lunch or dinner and was so proud of his kids and grandkids! I often heard of him discussing recipes and the latest one that he was trying. I was happy for him when he decided to go back to his first love working in radio and music. When I tried to listen to his morning show on the rock channel… I had to tell him it was way to early for me to listen to that hard rock but I tried 😆 Am so shocked and saddened to see he passed so young. My deepest sympathies to all of the family - he definitely touched a lot of lives, may you eventually find peace reviewing all the great memories!
October 10, 2021 9:28 PM
Dear Dody, I am so sorry for your loss. Brian was a special person, always a smile on his face. He took after his Dad in so many ways. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Robin Ackerman
October 10, 2021 5:13 PM
His voice and music will be very missed Russ Schade enjoyed great wit and banter every time he met up with Brian. So sorry for this loss he was a co- worker at the big A, loved getting to see him, hugs to all of you
Carol (Morse) Eheler
October 10, 2021 12:05 PM
My condolences to his family. Your son used to play with my brothers. He will be dearly missed.