Lt. Col. William C. Montgomery, (USA Ret.)
BORN: July 18, 1937
DIED: September 12, 2009
LOCATION: Hot Springs Village, AR
Friday September 25
Faith Lutheran Church
1196 DeSota Blvd
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Lt. Col. William C. Montgomery, (USA Ret.), of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, went home to his Heavenly Father on September 12, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 18, 1937, in Edgemont, South Dakota to the late Lawrence T. Montgomery and Blanche A. Wilson Montgomery of Caldwell, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife, Fran Montgomery of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; two daughters, Patricia Montgomery/Elvekrog (Amy) of Stoughton, Wisconsin and Kimberly Kielley (Erik) of Oregon, Wisconsin; four granddaughters, Baye, Elizabeth, Adelynne and Ana Kielley; four brothers, three sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Colonel Montgomery graduated from Caldwell High School, the University of Idaho (ROTC and Forestry), and Webster College (M.A, Business Adm.), St. Louis. While in High School, he lettered in many sports and especially loved his position as quarterback for the Cougars. Upon graduation from the University of Idaho and ROTC, he pursued a gratifying military career in the U.S. Army where he received the Bronze Star and medals for Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Joint Service, Air Medal, V-Device National Defense, Vietnam Service Campaign and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, with silver and gold stars.
Retiring in 1984 from his last assignment as Professor of Military Science, La Crosse, Wisconsin, he began to pursue his love of the outdoors. In 1987, he returned to his boyhood home in Idaho, where he flew back-country aviation and aerial photography, and was a certified hunting guide in the wilderness area of “Big Creek”. There he met his soul-mate, Fran, on a winter wilderness trek. Both enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, mountain climbing, camping, backpacking and photography. They married two years later, to continue that love for another twenty years. During that time Bill flew as a back-country pilot for Arnold Aviation in Cascade, Idaho, and Bowers Aerial photography, of Boise, until he and Fran retired to Hot Springs Village in 2006, where they pursued the gentler sport, golf. Great fellowship with their church family at Faith Lutheran, wonderful neighbors at Magellan and elsewhere in the village, built a wonderful extended family for Bill and Fran.
He will be greatly missed by his loving family, his Faith family, neighbors and friends all over the country.
“YOU ARE HOME MY SOLDIER, SO WALK GENTLY NOW ALONG HEAVEN’S PATHS IN THE SHADOW OF OUR LORD.”
Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2009 at Faith Lutheran Church, Hot Springs Village, with Reverend Mark Carnahan and Reverend Henry Behling officiating.
Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Memorial Fund, Lutheran Braille Workers #160, both of 1196 Desoto Blvd, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 or Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
Gross Funeral Home is in charge of cremation.