James E. Montgomery

February 21, 1931 ‒ September 12, 2016

Galion, Ohio

James E. Montgomery, 85, of Galion passed away Monday, September 12, 2016 at Signature HealthCARE in Galion.

Born February 21, 1931 in Bucyrus, he was the son of Walter and Hazel (Probst) Montgomery. He married Nora J. (Rapp) Montgomery on May 25, 1957 and she survives.

James served with the United States Marines during the Korea Conflict and was a truck driver for Kaplan Trucking Company. He was a member of the Crestline VFW Post 2920 and AMVETS Post 87. James especially loved spending time with his family

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Delbert W. Montgomery of Ava, Missouri, Larry J. Montgomery of Galion, Lester F. (Judy) Montgomery of Galion, David A. Montgomery of Galion, Edward T. (Jan) Montgomery of Suffolk, Virginia and Lori (Scott) Murphy of Galion; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother Kenny (Louise) Somerlot of Owosso, Michigan; sister-in-law Betty Somerlot of Willoughby and brothers-in-law Wilbur Coykendall and Frank Bishop, both of Galion.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by step father Delbert Somerlot who raised him; brother John Somerlot and six sisters, Edna Music, Lucille Bishop, Ruby Coykendall, Juanita Keirns and Mary.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 16 with Rev. Pat Fruth officiating. Burial will follow at Iberia Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Marines and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Signature HealthCARE, Alzheimer unit or Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of James Montgomery, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • We are so sorry to read about the death of Mr. Montgomery, we met him and his wife when our family members were at Village Care a few years ago. What a dedicated Father he was, always there to be with David. Our prays are with you and we know he is at rest in the arms of OUR LOVING FATHER. God be with you all.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss…your family was such a huge part of my life growing up and I know the loss you are feeling. Praying for love and comfort for all of you.

  • Lori I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Tell your Mom,Cody,Garrett and Scott too. Sincere thougt go out to your sister and brothers. Sandy,Paige,Rob,Tamar Wright

  • Montgomery family may God bless you and keep you in the coming days. Lori I am hear to listen if you just want to talk. Cody and garret remember your grandpa in the years ahead and I know you two will help her along the way.

  • Nora, Lori, Larry, and the rest of the family – I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing and have passed along the news to the Montgomery Cousins who have e-mail. I am sorry I won’t be able to come up for the calling hours or for the funeral but will certainly keep you in my thoughts and prayers. That is a wonderful video of memories.

  • Nora and family – our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this sad time. My mom (Audrey) has always spoken of Jimmy as being one of her favorites down through the years, always remembering spending time with him at the Montgomery Reunions. He’s at peace now. May God be with you always!

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our cousins on the Samuel Montgomery side of the family has grown smaller in the last two or three years. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We hope to see you at the reunion in the future. Our Sympathy, John and Carolyn (Montgomery) Boyer

  • Nora, Larry, Lori, and family. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Jimmy. I am sorry I won’t be able to attend either the calling hours or the funeral. You are certainly in my thoughts and prayers and in those of the other Montgomery cousins.

  • To all of Jim’s family my deepest condolences. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. There are fewer and fewer of us Mongomery grandchildren left. I take some consolation in knowing that Jim had such a wonderful family and family life. He will be missed.

    Cousin Jim (Cool)
    Prague, Czech Republic

  • Dear Family,

    We are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great family man and a good friend.

    WE will miss him but know that he is with you and you have many great memories to last a lifetime.

    HIs kids were great kids to have in my class at school. No problem as they were well behaved.


    Bob and Jan Riddlebaugh

  • To Nora and all the kids. We are so sorry to hear about Jim passing. We all have good memories of Jim joking and always having a good time. He was a good person. Sorry we did not make it but you are all in our prayers and thoughts.