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Maurice E. (Montie) Montgomery

September 30, 2012 by

Maurice E. (Montie) Montgomery, 80, died at the Lake District Hospital Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 following a brief illness.
Monte was born June 24, 1932 in Haley, Idaho to Robert and Margaret (Hamilton)Montgomery.
As a young boy and young man he worked as a cowboy during roundups in Idaho. He worked one summer haying at the Hershey Ranch near Wisdom, Mont. He graduated from high school in Mackay, Idaho in 1950.
He spent his early years at the Triumph mine in Haley, Idaho. He earned a drafting degree in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following his degree he became a blasting specialist with dynamite in Arizona and at the Triumph mine in Idaho.
Montie’s company, Delph Construction installed underground utilities on some major projects including the Trojan Nuclear Plant, The City of Rogue Rive one of the expansions at the Portland Airport and major parts of the city of Gresham, including Mt. Hood Community College.
Following the closure of his company he also owned and operated the Feather Bed Inn in Chemult where he also housed “BEARY THE BEAR.” He came to Lakeview in the mid 1980’s where he hauled chips and logs throughout the area including hauling the last load of logs for the Circle De Lumber Company in Klamath Falls prior to its closure.
He eventually retired to take care of his cows and chickens at his “ECHO VALLEY RANCH” west of Lakeview.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Timothy Montgomery; brother Ree Montgomery; and sister Roberta Richardson.
Survivors include his wife Judy Montgomery of Lakeview; son Tad Montgomery of Jackson, Idaho; daughters and sons-in- law Arma Jo and Randy Zimmerman of Nampa, Idaho, Penny and Mark Haney of Sweeny, Texas and Jennifer and Danny Mueller of Scottsdale, Ariz.; stepdaughters Holly Vaughn of Klamath Falls and Sarah Vaughn of Medford; sister Nancy Farmer of Filer, Idaho; many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren;one grand-baby to be; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Montie may be made to the Lake County Library Building Fund, 513 Center St. Lakeview 97630 or Mooseheart Child City & School Inc., Mooseheart, Ill. 60539 or “help an old cowboy down on his luck”.
Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements.

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