W. Curtis Montz

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W. Curtis Montz of 420 Warren Ave., Kingston, died at the age of 101 years old Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

Born in Luzerne on Nov. 16, 1911, the son of the late Harry W. and Laura Honeywell Montz, he was educated in the Hazleton and Kingston public schools. He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary in 1929 and from Penn State College in 1933, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

For nearly 50 years he was employed by Fowler, Dick and Walker, The Boston Store, in various capacities, concluding as vice president of sales, promotions and advertising and continued after 1980 at Boscov's in public relations.

In 1987 he was appointed interim executive director of the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts for a term of 13 months and had been at the Kirby Center in other duties until 2010.

He served in the U.S. Navy from December 1941 until January 1946 in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

He was a member of the former Kingston Presbyterian Church, of which he was a ruling elder.

His brother, Robert W. Montz, preceded him in death.

He was also past president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society, the Wyoming Commemorative Association and chairman of the Cherry Blossom Festival for numerous years.

He was a former member of the Westmoreland Club, Irem Temple and the various Masonic bodies.

In 1973 he initiated the Luzerne County Scholastic Art Awards and for 21 years was active in its administration.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edythe Burrell Kolb Montz; by daughters, Kathryn K. (Miller), Indian Lake; Burrell M. (Covey), Greenville, N.C.; and son, Harry W. II, Kingston Township. He has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give special thanks to Erwine Home Health and Hospice and Manor Care for the excellent services that they provided.

Memorial services will be held at the Forty Fort Meeting House at a future date. Burial will be in Forty Fort Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the F.M. Kirby Center of the Performing Arts, or to the organization of choice.

For more information, or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at hughbhughes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 26, 2013
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