Robert Dealand Montgomery (Bob) passed away at the Teton Medical Center in Choteau Montana on Saturday, July 16, 2016 one week shy of his 83rd birthday. His family will miss him but are grateful he has gone home to be with his Lord. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 22, at the Augusta Community Church with a luncheon to follow at the Augusta Youth Center.
Bob was born July 22, 1933 in Selah, WA to Arthur Leonard Montgomery and Gladys Livesay Montgomery. He was raised in Washington, Colorado and Wyoming. He graduated from Baggs Wyoming High School then moved to Montana where he met the love of his life, Darlene Wattam. They were married on August 28, 1953. Bob spent two years in the Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, the family returned to Havre Montana where their four children, Thomas, Peggy, Teri and Bruce were born and raised.
Bob worked for the Montana Department of Highways, GVW for almost 33 years, first in Havre and after 1978 in Helena when he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement, GVW. He retired in 1986. Bob and Darlene lived in Helena until 2008 when they moved to Augusta Montana.
Bob belonged to many organizations including the Eagles, Masons, Boy Scouts Council, and was a Boy Scout Master. After moving to Helena he was an active member of the Moose Fraternity. Bob was a member of the Augusta Community Church. He loved hunting, fishing, stamp collecting, fly tying, playing cards and spending time with his family.
Bob's love for his family was beyond measure. He worked hard, often carpentering as a second job to see they were well provided for. He encouraged them to do their best at whatever they chose to pursue. He loved cheering his children and grandchildren on whether at sporting events or visiting them across the miles. He loved deeply and was deeply loved.
Survivors include his wife of 62+ years, Darlene, daughters Peggy Montgomery, Havre MT, Teri (Russell) Bean, Augusta MT, son Bruce (Corinna) Montgomery of Louisville KY; grandchildren Paul Montgomery, Burien WA, Annie Bean and Matt (Emily) Bean, Augusta MT, Dustin (Caitlin) Montgomery and Shae Montgomery, Louisville KY; great grandchildren Miles and Eloise Wakeham, Solana Beach CA, Teagan and Aspen Bean, Augusta MT and Liam Montgomery, Louisville KY. He is also survived by three brothers, Fred (Katie) Schaffer and Joe (Marie) Shaffer, Craig, CO, Thomas (Karen) Shaffer, Brookings, OR and sister Gladys (Mike) Ferman,Wickenburg, AZ.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ben and James Montgomery and Jackie Shaffer, his son Thomas Montgomery, and granddaughter Emily Montgomery Wakeham.
Memorial Contributions to the Augusta Community Church, Moose Charities (155 S International Drive Mooseheart, IL 60539), or a charity of the donor's choosing are welcome.
Condolences may be left on-line at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com