Junior H. Montgomery 93, Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester, passed away at 3:55 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at his residence.
He was born on July 15, 1923 in Star City, the son of Everett and Lena P. (Kimble) Montgomery. He graduated from Grass Creek High School in 1943. He served with the United States Marine Corps as a raider during World War II stationed in the South Pacific. On October 14, 1950 in Fulton, Indiana, he married Bonnie Mathias and she survives.
Junior started working after high school for the Pennsylvania Railroad, eventually retiring from Conrail as an engineer. He was also a farmer for over fifty years. A horse enthusiast, he was a member of the Indiana Standardbred Association where he had been an active owner and trainer in harness racing, a member of the Fulton County Saddle Club, Fulton United Methodist Church, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainman, Rochester Moose Lodge and the Logansport Eagles Lodge.
Survivors include his wife: Bonnie Montgomery, Rochester; daughters: Deborah and husband Mike Lee, Fort Myers, Fla., and Jann Wiliamson, Columbus, Ohio, Kristi and husband Randy Alber, Rochester, Jill and husband Pat Kelley, Hitchcock, Texas; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; special nephews, Marty Zartman, Matt Montgomery and Mark Montgomery, who all helped Junior on the farm; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Darrell Montgomery, Forest “Frosty” Montgomery and Donald Montgomery.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday December 19 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at Fulton Cemetery, Fulton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Donor’s Favorite Charity.
Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home is making the arrangements.