Longtime Anchorage resident, Joe D. Montgomery, 95, died in his sleep on October 5, 2013.
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A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 9th and G Street.
He survived the Dust Bowl and the Depression, dug sweet potatoes and peanuts, worked in the cotton and hay fields, milked cows, rode horses, had daily chores on the old farm, played college football, piloted a B-17, baked cinnamon rolls, made spiced crab apples, and loved attending high school reunions with "the kids" from the 50s.
Mr. Montgomery was born in Floydada, Texas on January 28, 1918. After graduating from Colorado State University in 1941 he traveled to San Francisco and finally north to Alaska on a steamship. He was happy to take a job loading freight and was delighted to learn that the pay was $1.35 an hour. After reaching Anchorage he answered a newspaper ad for a teaching job. With winter soon to follow, he looked for room and board and found it for $60.00 a month at Mrs. Erickson's boarding house where he met his future wife, Ebba. Then Pearl Harbor changed everything. He enlisted and was selected for flight training, which resulted in flying 35 missions as a B-17 pilot with the 8th Air Force. After World War II, he owned the Chrysler Auto Agency for three years before returning to the School District where he worked for 32 years as teacher, counselor, principal, and was Superintendent of Schools for 7 years. He retired in 1977 and was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives and served from 1980 to 1984. He was a member of the State Board of Education, the Alaska Parole Board, Beverage Control Board, Pioneers of Alaska, CARTA and other civic organizations.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ebba Montgomery.
He is survived by daughters, Julie and Marilyn Jo; grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. The support and friendship of caregivers and friends was appreciated and meant so much to Joe. Words can't begin to describe how much he will be missed.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, to sign the guestbook please visit www.janssenfuneralhomes.com.
Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel
737 E. Street Anchorage, AK 99501
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013