John “Monty” B. Montgomery

John “Monty” B. Montgomery
John “Monty” Bailus Montgomery, 92, of Warsaw, joined his beloved wife and sons in Heaven on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, while at Good Samaritan Care Center, Cole Camp.  He was born on October 19, 1928, in Aliceville, Alabama, to John W. B. and Eva C. (Drummond) Montgomery.
Monty enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in July 1947, serving as a weather forecaster and National Security Agency in eight states and three countries abroad.  A Korean War veteran, Monty retired as an Air Force Master Sergeant after twenty-three years of active duty service.
Briefly, he was an employee of the United States Postal Service in Gulf Breeze, Florida, until he purchased a local business there.  He was also a volunteer firefighter for ten years, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of the Cooties, the Air Force Sergeants’ Association, and was a past commander for the VFW Post No. 3976 in Sugar Creek, Missouri.
On November 13, 1952, at Meridian, Mississippi, he married Ilileen “Irish” L. McCormick.  He proudly boasted of his four children, John (Pat), Lana Lee (Lonnie), Barbara (Bobi), and Michael (Mike).  In 1978, he and Irish sold their business and moved to Independence, Missouri.  While living there, he was a long-standing auto mechanic with Waits Service Station, and a member of the Mount Washington United Methodist Church.  In October of 2002, he and Irish sold their Independence home and moved to Warsaw, Missouri.
Monty is survived by his daughters, Lonnie and Bobi, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his two sisters, Mildred and Mary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eva Montgomery, his wife, Irish, his sons, Pat and Mike, and his brother, Robert H. Montgomery.
Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas, with military honors.  A memorial ceremony will occur early to mid-2021.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.

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