Lawrence L. "Jack" Montgomery, 67, Brownstown, entered into eternity on Saturday, Jan. 26, surrounded by his loving family at his residence.
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He was born Sept. 27, 1945 in Crothersville to the late William and Margaret Jewell Chandler Montgomery. He was the youngest of seven siblings. On Feb. 20, 1993 he married his beloved wife, the former Mary Ann Callis, and she survives.
Mr. Montgomery graduated Crothersville High School in 1963 and earned degrees in math and business from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1968. He moved to Brownstown to begin a career in banking with The Peoples Bank in 1970. In 1980, he took a 10-year sabbatical and became district sales manager at Kieffer Paper Mills, human resource manager at Sparton Electronics, and Abloy Division of Wartsilia, Inc. in Helsinki, Finland. In 1989, Jack returned to The Peoples Bank, where he later became senior vice-president before retiring in December 2010.
As Jack was growing up on a farm, his father instilled in him that we were not here a long time, and while we are here, we should contribute. Therefore, Jack devoted much of his life to serving the community and impacting those whom he encountered. He was an active member in the Brownstown Presbyterian Chruch; served the past 25 years as a member of the Brownstown Central Community Schools Corporation's board of trustees, the past 20 years as president; and served on the Indiana School Board Association as a director and president. Jack was secretary and treasurer of the Jackson County Fair Association and was recently elected as its president. He was on the Brownstown Health Center Board of Directors and was an officer for the Greater Crothersville Heritage Foundation. He was a board member of the Schneck Medical Center Foundation, president of the Jackson County Visitors Center, and a previous member of the Jackson County Red Cross. His philanthropic memberships included the Brownstown Exchange Club and Elks Lodge 462 in Seymour.
During his life Jack received numerous accolades and recognitions for his extensive community service involvement. In 2010 he was inducted into the Brownstown Central High School Athletics Hall of Fame for his years of being the "voice of the Braves," and for being an avid supporter of all student activities in Brownstown Central Schools.
Lawrence L. "Jack" Montgomery: opposed by a few, a voice to many, an advocate for all. Signing off for the last time as the 41 year voice of Brownstown Central athletics…"and this one belongs to the Lady Braves/Braves."
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ann Callis; daughter, Renee Deann (Shane) Gallion of Medora; son, Ryan Adam Montgomery of Medora; two step-daughters, Jenny (Fransico "Paco") Hamm of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Rebecca (Joel) Aelick of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Lance Gallion, Ellis Gallion, Elisa Gallion, Caylen Fortino, and Ethan Montgomery; step-grandchildren, Carman Hamm, Nicolas Hamm, Joshua Aelick and Justin Aelick; two brothers, John Montgomery, Jr. and Bill Montgomery.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Joe Montgomery, Donnie Montgomery, and Ray Montgomery; and sister, Crystal Hadden.
A Witness to the Resurrection Service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Brownstown Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Augustus Succop officiating.
A celebration of life reception will follow from 3 until 6 p.m. at Thursday at W.R. Ewing.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Brownstown Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund and Voice of the Braves Memorial Fund through Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc.
Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Jackson County Banner from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2013