THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
William Bill Montgomery, 83, of Oconto Falls, passed away Saturday afternoon, May 17 at Community Memorial Hospital.
Born March 11, 1931 in southwestern Wisconsin, to Dallas and Lucille (Sugden) Montgomery, he grew up in that area and graduated from Richland Center High School in 1950. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 until 1957 and on April 6, 1957, he married Louise Shaffer in Muscoda. The couple then moved to the Town of Morgan where they owned and operated a family farm. He also drove cattle truck and worked at Green Valley Elevator.
A longtime member of Tabor United Methodist Church in Gillett and Gillett VFW Post 8314, he also served on the Morgan Town Board for 23 years, the Town of Morgan Cemetery Board and was a volunteer fireman for the Green Valley-Morgan Fire Department since 1960. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, camping, fishing and spending time at the recycling center, handing out Tootsie Rolls to the kids.
Survivors are his wife of 57 years, Louise Montgomery, Morgan; four children, Lucy Montgomery, Clintonville, Beth (Keith) Montgomery-Snearly, Big Bend, Bill (Kim) Montgomery, Juneau and Mary (Chris) Zillmer, Malone; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Delbert (Beverly) Montgomery, Edgerton and a sister, Rosemary (John) Kidd, Richland Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wilma Ray and a grandson, Dan Sonkowsky.
Visitation with the urn present will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 23 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. Visitation will continue at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 at Tabor United Methodist Church in Gillett until the time of funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Gerhardt Miller and Pastor Young Choe will officiate, followed by burial with military honors in the Town of Morgan Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Tabor United Methodist Church in Gillett.
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