Lou "Ray" Montgomery passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2012, with family by his side.
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Ray was born on May 4, 1920, in Wichita, Kan. Due to unfortunate circumstances, he spent much of his early childhood in an orphanage in Detroit, Mich., before his adoption into the McDonald family of Grosse Point, Mich.
He served in the Army during World War II and afterward studied at the Pasadena Playhouse where he met Phyllis Goldbach. They married in 1946 and, after a brief time living in New York, made their home in Los Angeles, Calif.
Ray had a colorful career acting, writing and directing in theatre and television. This included work with the Mercury Theatre Group in 1939 and in television, including shows like "Gilligan's Island." He considered himself to be a renaissance man and also worked in photography, retail management and teaching.
After retiring to Klamath Falls in 1988, he enjoyed spending time painting, bird watching, boating, making fractals and listening to music. He also enjoyed singing in the church choir. He noticed beauty everywhere in life and loved sunsets, flowers and nature.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife in 2003 and is survived by his three children Morgan, Ian and Christy as well as grandchildren Ace, Mia, Holly and Katie.
His last several years were difficult and he was brave in living them.
"And you, my father,
there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle
into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
And he did.
And now … one of our aircraft is missing.
Published in Herald And News on Oct. 23, 2012