MONTFORT, Rodney Givens|
Rodney Givens Montfort, age 96, passed on Friday, August 8, 2014, from complications associated with Alzheimer's. Rodney, the first child of Vories and Onita Givens Montfort, was born June 17, 1918, and raised on the family farm near Campbellsburg, KY. Rodney also had Texas roots and was proud of the fact that his great grandfather helped settle Del Valle and served as its first Postmaster.
After graduating high school in 1936, Rodney left Kentucky and moved to Texas, only to complete another senior year at Austin High. He attended the University of Texas and in the early 1940's he began employment with the Interstate Theatres of Texas. He left to join the Army during World War II, briefly attending the University of Florida and served as an artillery specialist earning two Bronze Stars. He resumed employment with the Theatres after the war. In 1948, he married Eleanor Miller. They would have been married 66 years on November 26. They had two daughters, Cheryl, and Delanie. At 41 years of age he began another career with the Postal Service and retired as a supervisor at the main post office in downtown Austin.
Rodney had an undeniable exuberance for life. He was fiercely loyal to family and friends. He served His Lord, he served his country and was always community and service minded. He was heavily involved at First English Lutheran Church, volunteered for many years at the Austin State Hospital, was a member of the VFW Post 8925, at Pilot Knob, and was initiated into the Onion Creek Masonic Lodge in 1955. Rodney's deep voice often resonated at the Austin Saengerrunde German Club where he enjoyed many years of involvement with the men's singing group. He and Eleanor enjoyed years of camaraderie with this group - not only singing, but attending dances and traveling, too. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching it all - often as a well-recognized fixture at his grandchildren's events.
Preceded in death by his brother, Donald Montfort, and sister, Loyce Flood, he is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter, Cheryl Roberts, and husband, Robert Eaton; daughter, Delanie Case, and husband, Dan Case; sister, Madge Dearth; grandchildren, Jeff (Jody), Kelli, Craig (Annie), and Scott (Tiffany) Roberts, Garrett (Lauren), Trevor (Breanne), and Clayton Lundgren; step-grandchildren, Ryan and Lindsay Eaton; great-grandchildren, Macey, Maria, Miller, Mabry and Emery Roberts; numerous nieces and nephews and extended friends and family, especially Janet and Fred Owen, and Evelyn and Harvey Gann.
A special thanks to Rita Beatty and her wonderful staff of caregivers in the Clarebridge unit at the Summit NWH and to Susan and Joan with Brookdale Hospice.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, August 11, 2014, at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Avenue, Austin, Texas. Entombment will follow at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Mausoleum, Austin, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to First English Lutheran Church, or to the
, Capital of Texas Chapter.
Condolences may be sent at: www.HarrellFuneralHomes.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2014