Arthur "Eugene" Montgomery, 93, of Seymour, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.
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Born Dec. 9, 1920, in Seymour, he was the son of Arthur and Emma (Nicholson) Montgomery. On Jan. 5, 1946, in Fort Wayne, he married Marjorie Elizabeth Kennedy, whom he met while in the Army.
She preceded him in death Dec. 20, 2003. In his own words, Gene said, "I was blessed with 58 years of togetherness with my wife, Marge, and we were blessed with three great children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and that made for a good life in this world." He looked forward to being reunited with his wife in a world of eternal life. "Through Jesus that promise is given by Him," he said.
While in the U.S. Army, Gene served as a tech sergeant under the command of Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic. He earned many ribbons and medals, including the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Gene was a salesman for Robin Hood Flour for 27 years. After retiring, he became an auctioneer for seven years. Later, he and his wife owned and operated an antique shop in Reddington for more than 25 years.
He graduated from Shields High School.
Gene was a member of Reddington Christian Church, having served as a Sunday school teacher, an elder and board member. Gene was a member of the Gideons for more than 13 years and also was a member of American Legion Post 89.
Survivors include children, Janos (Bill) Bingham, Jim (Toni) Montgomery and Robin (Mike) Hall; five grandchildren, B.J. (Anne) Bingham, Nathan Montgomery, Adam Montgomery, Travis (Leslie) Hall and Cody Hall; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Frank Montgomery and Norval Montgomery.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Voss Chapel with the Rev. Bill Weaver officiating. Burial will take place at Reddington Cemetery with full military services conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Reddington Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Mar. 3 to Mar. 11, 2014