Gerald Gary Montgomery

Entiat, WA

Gerald Gary Montgomery, age 60, passed away on March 21, 2011, at his home, with his family and friends surrounding him, following an illness. Gerald was born June 20, 1950, in Wenatchee, WA to William F. & Gertrude (Thornton) Montgomery. He attended school in Entiat and Chelan. He married Catherine A. Keifenheim on November 12, 1972, in Mt. Calvary, WI. Gary and Cathy met while both were serving in the U.S. Army in Okinawa. During his service career, all his children were born at military installations. This was a true military family. To them were born son, Keith (Stephanie) Montgomery, stationed at Madigan/Ft. Lewis, WA; and son, Michael (Kelly) Montgomery of Entiat, WA. While serving in the military, he was stationed in Germany, Ft. Lewis, Korea, Okinawa, the Pentagon and Walter Reed. He also had the opportunity, during his travels with his family, to tour Scotland, his native land and the home of the Lord Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts of America. A truly military family, while during his 20 years of service as an Administrative Medical Specialist, he also started to be involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He held numerous positions with the BSA, receiving many awards; among them were the Silver Beaver Award and the Distinguished Commissioner Award. When he retired from the military, he continued to service the youth in the Entiat Valley as their Scoutmaster for 21 years. He mentored nine Eagle Scouts and was helping two more boys in getting theirs. Besides his family and working with the youth, his interest laid with helping others as was shown through his dedicated service as an Officer in the Entiat Valley Community Services and the Entiat Valley Fire District 8. He also served for 15 years as an Officer of the Entiat Grange 1014. If he was not found among the community, he could be found in the woods/wilderness or along the river banks. Never alone, he either had his family, his many friends, or the scouts. In August of 2010, he retired after 20 years with the U.S. Federal Post Office in Wenatchee, where he was a letter carrier. He will always be known as the "Candy Man" to his patrons and co-workers.

He is survived by his wife; and sons; along with one granddaughter, Sage; four brothers, Carl (Mary) of Seattle, WA, Fred (Alice) of Tacoma, WA, Frank of Withrow, WA and Tom (Sharon) of Tahlequah, OK; and two sisters, Grace Burton of Chelan, WA and Frances (Larry) McCullough of Withrow, WA. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also leaving behind his best friends, John and May Segle, Mary Hursh and Virginia Cooper. He was preceded in death by both parents; his daughter, Annette; granddaughter, Bracken; one brother, Clinton; and one sister, Helen.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to the doctors and nurses of Wenatchee Valley Clinic and the numerous family and friends who have been assisting Gary and his family.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Gary at the Entiat Grange on Saturday, March 26, 2011, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. with Burial Services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Gary has requested that donations be made to the Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank or a charity of your choice, in his name.

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