PONTOTOC – Raymond Furr Montgomery Sr., 90, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Sunshine Health Care.
He was a World War II Army Veteran, Private First Class Headquarters Battery – 109th Field Artillery Battalion Battles and Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe, Battle of the Bulge, Bastonge, Germany.
A recent found newpaper article from 1945 summaries Mr. Montgomery’s fight for his country: “Private first class Raymond F. Montgomery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Montgomery, Pontotoc, is enroute home from the Eurpean Theatre of Operations with the veteran 28th :Bloddy Bucket” Division, which in eight months saw vicious combat action from Normandy’s hedgerows to the heart of the Reich. His unit left Germany July 5th for Camp Pittsburgh, an assembly area in France, and is homeward bound from there. After battling across Normandy, Pfc. Montgomery and his unit paraded through Paris, then went east through Belgium and Luxenbourg and smashed into the Siegfried Line and into Germany. It fought in Hurtgen Forest in November and in December caught the full force of the Ardennes offensive and later helped liberate Colmar in Alsace and drive to the Rhine. Pfc. Montgomery wears five battle stars on his FTO ribbon, has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal, his unit commended for beach landings and spearheading into Belgium. His wife is the former Sue McGee, of Houlka.”
He was retired from Kimberly Clark Corporation after 36 years of dedicated service. He was fond of saying that he was never late for work. He especially liked to remind his three sons of his punctuality. He was a former Sunday school teacher at Leawood Baptist Churchin Memphis, Tenn.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Interment is at Pontotoc City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Sue Montgomery; children, Raymond F. Montgomery Jr. (Oleta), W. Herbert Montgomery (Diane) and James D. Montgomery (Eileen); grandchildren, Monty Montgomery, Marty Montgomery, Barry Montgomery, Kevin Montgomery, Trevor Schlafer, Lee Montgomery, Tonya Montgomery, Tallie Montgomery and Dan Ostenski; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by brother, Mack Montgomery; parents, Mary Illa Montgomery and Victor Barron Montgomery.
Pallbearers are Mike Montgomery, Kevin Montgomery, Barry Montgomery, Monty Montgomery, Lee Montgomery and Trevor Schlafer.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.