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Donley, Monte Dane
passed away in Sun City, Arizona on August 8, 2015 at the age of 86. Monte was born to Elmo and Hannah (Poling) Donley in Chicago, Illinois on March 7, 1929. During the summers of his junior and senior years of high school he headed West, hitchhiking with a friend to work on a small family farm and at a neighboring ranch in Oregon. Monte graduated from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago in 1947 and headed West again, this time to northern California, where he worked at his uncle's saw mill. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1948 and sailed from San Diego to Japan on the U.S.S. Bataan. In 1952, he was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in the armament division. He got a job with Addresograph Multigraph and settled in Alhambra, California, where he began his courtship with Kathleen Hughes. They eloped to Santa Barbara, where they were married in the First Methodist Church on July 31, 1954. In 1956, Monte and Kathy moved to Arizona and bought a home bordering cotton fields in a town called Scottsdale, where they raised a family and lived for 35 years. In 1973, at the height of the OPEC oil embargo (and long lines at the gas pumps), Monte bought the first of several motorcycles, which he rode religiously for the next 18 years. When he retired from the City of Phoenix water department after 20 years, he and Kathy moved to Sun Lakes, where they lived for 22 years until relocating to Sun City. Throughout his life, Monte was an artist, an inventor, a craftsman, an aviation enthusiast, and a history buff. He taught his girls how to swim, how to fly a kite, how to throw a ball, how to use a bow and arrow, how to shoot, and how to use their imagination. He instilled in them the importance of doing one's best, the value of hard work, and the pleasure of simple things. He loved the sun, any body of water and clear skies. Most of all, he loved his family. Monte is survived by his wife, Kathleen Donley, his daughter Becky Donley, his daughter Margy Clement and son-in-law Ralph Clement, his daughter Jenny Hicks and son-in-law Ken Hicks, plus five grandchildren and one great grandchild. They miss him dearly.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 23, 2015
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