James Montgomery

Saturday, January 26, 2013
James Montgomery

Funeral services for Mr. James Montgomery, 77, of Spencer, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer. Rev. Russell Muilenburg will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

There will be a flag presentation conducted by the VFW Clay County Post No. 3159.

Mr. Montgomery passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at home.

James Darwin Montgomery, the son of Percy and Hazel (Moats) Montgomery, was born on Oct. 2, 1935, in George, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in the Sioux Falls and Spencer areas, were he graduated from high school. On Sept. 11, 1953, he entered into the military, serving in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 14, 1956. After his service, he lived in Primghar. He met Frances Wiese and they married on Aug. 15, 1958, in Hospers, and he attended school at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

The couple lived in several communities around northwest Iowa before settling in Spencer in 1963. James worked at Wells Blue Bunny, delivering milk, Morton Buildings and was a custodian at Sacred Heart Catholic School. James spent most of his career - over 20 years - at John Deere, first as a truck driver and then as the partsman. In 2001, he retired, and then 6 months later he began working at Del's, delivering flowers. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards. He kept track of his grandkids by staying in touch with them on facebook and recently enjoyed quilting with his daughter. He was a member of Hope Reformed Church since 1963 and sang for many services over the years. He was also a fixture at the Mainstreet Café.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Frances of Spencer; his son, John and his wife, Christy of Carroll; two daughters: Patricia Montgomery of Spencer and Teresa Kanago and her husband, Kerwin of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren; one sister, Betty Cooper of Alcester, S.D.; one sister-in-law, Catherine Montgomery of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Dr. James Wiese and his wife, Clarice of Marcus, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home in Spencer is in charge of arrangements.