OBITUARY

Stuart "Stu" Brittain Countryman

August 3, 1948November 7, 2021
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Stuart “Stu” Brittain Countryman, age 73, of Westfield, Indiana, passed peacefully surrounded by his family. He joined the love of his life, Alice M. Bowman Countryman and family and friends in Heaven on November 7, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born August 3, 1948 in Topeka, KS, the third child of Dr. Frank W. Countryman (deceased) and Betty Ann (Kosters) Countryman (deceased), Stuart was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana with his two sisters, Marianne and Lisa, and his three brothers, Frank Jr., Phil (deceased), and Chris.

Stuart graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic grade school where he was a member of BSA Troop 174 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His educational journey continued at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, where he joined the first group of students to attend the school and became a member of the inaugural graduating class of 1966. These four transformative years were highlighted by life-long friendships and the development of a love of service to his family and fellow mankind. Stuart was incredibly grateful for his fellow classmates, the Jesuit priests and brothers, and the teachers, coaches and staff that impacted him during his time at Brebeuf Jesuit. The Brebeuf motto “Men for Others” (the school was all male at the time) provided a guiding principle that Stuart followed throughout his life. He matriculated to Purdue University and graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in math.

He was a successful and proud business owner of Hoosier Badge, where he employed many family and friends. He took great pride in providing high-quality products, trophies and awards to make any occasion special. The personalized service he delivered fostered loyal customers, many of whom became friends. There was nothing he was prouder of than his children and grandchildren, and nothing made Stuart happier than helping them or spending time with them. Spending time assisting with home renovation projects, teaching do-it-yourself skills or working in their yards, no task was too large or small for him. He mastered home improvement before HGTV or internet resources were available. Whether sipping a glass of Maker's Mark or a pull off of his mug of Dos XX Amber, Stuart treasured conversations with his family and friends. Stuart had a servant’s heart, was a true man for others and would gladly give the shirt off his back to a stranger. His generosity knew no limits. If you were a friend or relative of Stu Countryman, you had a friend for life.

Stuart was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alice and is survived by his fiancée, Carol King Moeller, and children, Brad (Eileen), Heather O’Brien (Matt), John, Nick (Cyndi), and Peter (Missy), and grandchildren Olivia, Patrick, and Katie Countryman, Alice, Andrew, and Evan O’Brien, Joseph, Caroline, Anna, Emma, and Betsy Countryman, Lucas and Natalie Countryman, Will, Alex, Josh and David Countryman, and Carol’s family Mike (Emily) Moeller and Justin Moeller, and Noah and Claire Moeller.

The family would like to thank Stuart’s caregivers who provided compassionate care throughout his illness. Family and friends will gather on Friday, November 12th for visitation from 5-8 PM in the chapel of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, 2801 W. 86th Street. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 13th at 11 AM, also in the Brebeuf Jesuit chapel. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stuart’s name to Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.leppertmortuary.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Alice Countryman, Wife (deceased)
  • Carol King Moeller, Fiancee
  • Brad Countryman (Eileen), Son
  • Heather O'Brien (Matt), Daughter
  • John Countryman, Son
  • Nick Countryman (Cyndi), Son
  • Peter Countryman (Missy), Son
  • Frank W. Countryman, Father (deceased)
  • Betty Ann Countryman, Mother (deceased)
  • Stu is also survived by 17 Grandchildren and Carol's family Mike (Emily) Moeller and Justin Moeller, and Noah and Claire Moeller.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, November 13, 2021

Memories

Stuart "Stu" Brittain Countryman

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Mike Meyers

November 12, 2021

Another high school football player here, amazing the memories from over 50 years ago. He was a leader, not the most natural athlete, but he willed himself and others to a higher place. I was honored to wear his "83" my senior year as he graduated the year before. We were pole vaulters together. But ... the best thing here is to see all the family pictures ... to know one of your fellow Brebeuf guys lived a full and wonderful life ... just wished I could have told him how much I looked up to him. Class of '67.

Steve & Kathy Noone

November 12, 2021

We remember Stu as a joyful business man at Hoosier Badge. He always had a smile and went out of his way to serve us as his customers. We also were privileged to know dear Alice and all the Bowman family over the years. Please know that we extend our deepest condolences to the Countryman and Bowman families as you grieve the loss of this great man. May God bless him with eternal rest!
Steve and Kathy Noone

John Real

November 11, 2021

A paraphrased headline from the fledgling ARROW of 1965 "COUNTRYMAN LEADS BRAVES TO VICTORY" still holds true today. Stuart had a unique ability to make all of us "Be Better", Feel Better" and importantly "Do Better". I have always appreciated his constant support, wise advice and infectious laugh.
To quote D. J. Harrell '67, "Stu Countryman is everybody"s best friend."
I will miss you, my brother!
John Real, Class of 1967 and Four-year "Countryman boarder".

Adrian Willett

November 11, 2021

Stu was always such a fixture at Countryman birthday parties. Always smiling and joking with the kids, we will remember him fondly in our household. Hugs to your family.

Mike Kleese

November 10, 2021

Stuart and I share shared the same birthday, played the same position (defensive safety) in frosh football, and were featured in one of Brebeuf's earliest sports articles when Doc Countryman confused me with Stuart as they were loading me up into an ambulance in Brebeuf's first football game. Since that event, we always called each other "Brother Stuart . . . Brother Mike" If there were merit badges in scouting for genuine, caring, and all around great guy, he certainly earned them throughout his life. We all will miss his smiling face and embracing friendship. Rest in peace, Brother Stuart.

Adrianne Keller

November 10, 2021

Nick, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I loved spending time with your parents at all the Immaculate Heart & Brebeuf functions. I will keep you & your family in my thoughts & prayers.
Love to you all,
Adrianne SerVaas Keller

Stacy and Peggy Thompson

November 10, 2021

We have been blessed to have Stu in our life. We will miss his smile and easy going personality. Our prayers go out to Carol and all of his loved ones.

Dana Harrell

November 10, 2021

.....The summer between my sophomore and junior years, Stuart called me in early July 1965 and said we're going to start "captain's practices" over at Riverside park ....I said what's a captain's practice?....he said, "me and Tiny (Jim Kiefer our other captain) are going to start holding practices without the coaches so we can get in shape for the season"....I can't honestly say that I knew those summer practices would begin our run to two undefeated football seasons, but I did know, right then and there, that we were going to be a tough team to beat.....Stuart was determined and tough-minded and the whole team felt it...What a leader....

My sincere condolences to the Countryman family....RIP Stuart!!

"Hail Brebeuf Forever", Dana Harrell '67

Connie Cain

November 10, 2021

We were privileged to meet Stu through his Fiancé Carol. Stu was so strong and courageous. Carol and Stu’s faith in God, their steadfast love and caring enriched each other’s lives. Rest In Peace, Stu. God, bless Carol and her family and Stu’s loving family. With our loving sympathy, Connie and Tom Cain

John Felter

November 10, 2021

Stu was a tremendous end for Rick Wagner, especially against the powerhouse Lafayette Jeff in 1965. A tandem receiving group with Clyde Peach and running skills of Mike Blakley and Sammy Carter propelled the Braves to their first undefeated and untied season. It was a tremendous achievement for a school that was soon to graduate its first class. Thank you head coach Jack Baker, assistant and offensive line coach and defense coach Ron Miller. Freshman coach John Hittle added the mathematical analysis. Thank you Fr. William J. Schmidt, S.J. for your vision of Catholic tradition in the spirit of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Jesuits will leave a legacy despite current problems. Viva Christo Rey.

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