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Monty Montgomery
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CHARLO - Monty Montgomery, 78, of Charlo, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at St. Patrick Hospital, after battling cancer for almost three years. He was born Feb. 28, 1933, in Gold Creek to Bill and Mabel Montgomery, one of eight children. When Monty was very young, the family moved to Moiese and soon after settled in Big Arm, where he spent the majority of his childhood. As a teenager he exaggerated his age by a year and joined the Navy, where his brother Martin was serving during the Korean War. After Martin unexpectedly died, Monty was discharged from the Navy and returned back to Montana. Soon after his return home, Monty joined the Diamond R Guest Ranch in Spotted Bear as an outfitter where he met his future wife Eileen Colvin. Monty and Eileen were married April 19, 1958, in Charlo. About a year after they were married the couple moved to Big Prairie in the Bob Marshall Wilderness where Monty worked as a packer for the U.S. Forest Service from spring to fall each year. In this remote area, only accessed by plane or a 28-mile horseback ride, they had three sons, Lee, Lynn and Steve. After nine years, Monty left the Forest Service to work for Dupuis Lumber as a sealer while graduating from the first horseshoeing class in Bozeman. The family home was at Charlo during this time where daughters Susan and later Rebecca were born. A rancher, horseman and packer, Monty was admired, loved and a man of his word. He was known as a person who was a great judge of character. If he was your friend, he was a lifelong friend. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Martin and Willie. Survivors include his wife, Eileen of Charlo; three sons, Lee (Denise) Montgomery of Gillette, Wyo., Lynn (Denise) Montgomery of Plains, Steve (Terri) Montgomery of Covina, Calif.; two daughters, Susan (Monty) Werdin of Lewistown and Rebecca Montgomery of Jackson, Wyo.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Services will be held at the end of December. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the excellent care Monty received at St. Patrick Hospital from Drs. Scott and Brewington, and the nurses and aides on the fifth floor. Cremation & Burial Society of the Rockies is assisting the family.

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