Following a courageous yearlong battle with a terminal illness, Edward Wilmont Montgomery, 89, passed away on Jan. 4, 2013, in Polson, Mont.|
Ed was born on June 12, 1923, in Bellingham, Wash., to John and Bessie Montgomery. He was the fourth child in a family of six children and was raised in the Seattle area.
In 1941, Ed traveled to Alaska to work in construction. He met and married, Grace June Geraghty, in Fairbanks in 1947. Ed and Grace lived, and raised seven children in Fairbanks, and were married until Grace passed away in 1992.
Ed later married Geraldine (Gerry) Engebretsen and moved to Polson, Mont., in 2006.
Ed lived a long and adventurous life, working in construction as a Teamster and as a goldminer in Livengood, until his retirement in 1992. He enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with stories of his "Cat Train" days up to the North Slope, driving trucks on the Alaska Highway and mining gold in Livengood.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings; his wife, Grace; and his eldest son, Gary.
He is survived by his second wife, Gerry; and six of his children, Nicki, Linda, Mari, Patti, Mark and Ty (and their spouses); six grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private family gathering is planned in June to spread his ashes.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 11, 2013