Rev. Dewey J. Montgomery
October 07, 1960 ‒ January 14, 2021
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio
Rev. Dewey J. Montgomery, 60, of Cardington passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a sudden illness.
He was born in Portsmouth, on October 7, 1960 to the late Rev. Dewey C. & Esther (Asbury) Montgomery. After spending some time in Maryland and Delaware, Ohio he made his home in Cardington for the past 14 years.
Throughout his life’s journey, he had worked as a tow truck driver, as a carnival worker in Maryland, and in the field of asbestosis removal. He loved to work with his hands, one who was always tinkering with some project or tool. His wife Mary perhaps summed it up best, that “he was a jack of all trades and a master of none”.
Dewey was a man of deep faith, one not afraid to testify about God. A devoted member of Edison Enterprise Church, he volunteered with their Garage Ministry and Food Pantry. He prayed loudly and was outspoken.
He enjoyed a passion for riding motorcycles, especially his Harley Davidson, spending time at the beach, and fishing. Known as Paw Paw Butter to his treasured grandkids, Dewey was proud to be a child of God and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, which is how he will be remembered.
Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife and partner of 40 years, Mary L. (Alger), son James (Kimberly) Morris-Montgomery, granddaughters Shaylynn, Kyra, Paxton Morrris-Montgomery, siblings; Emmalee (Scott) Eagon of Delaware, Pauline Montgomery-Daniels of Cardington, and John Montgomery of Cardington, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother Christopher Montgomery in 2018, sister Gladys Hitchcox , nephew Anthony Montgomery, great- nephew Canaan Weaver, and great-great niece Annemarie Helton.
Eulogy for Dewey Montgomery Written by sister Emmalee Eagon
Dewey was a man that was larger than life. He never met a stranger and was never afraid to speak his peace. He loved his family and everyone he knew, he was genuine, never fake, or phony just honest and straightforward. Dewey would offer to help anywhere or anyway he could, whether it was to fix a car, help build you a fireplace, framework your house, plumbing, electrical, sew your clothes, rebuild your motorcycle, or do a flower arrangement, Dewey would be right there getting the job done. You never wanted to tell him he could not do something, or it could not be done because he would find a way, he always came through or to your rescue. He was an avid Harley Davidson man, he loved riding his bike with his nephew Bob mostly on trips to big bike rally’s or on runs to raise money for some child in a battle for its life or a fellow biker’s family needing help due to their love one being gone. He was an Ohio State Buckeye and he never gave up on his Browns. He loved sports of all kinds, NASCAR, basketball, baseball, soccer, and softball. He once managed and played on a championship softball team when he lived in Baltimore, Maryland. Dewey was a preacher and a teacher. He made sure every male child in our family could fish and hunt or fix a car. He looked forward to the Fall every year to go dear hunting with his brothers and the Coffee boys, I am sure they have some stories to tell. He loved to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone he met, he was bold and unashamed of his Savior. Dewey mostly loved praying and praising God; it was in those times he felt mostly blessed. His desire was that everyone would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus, as he would say, “Come on fellows you can’t get to Heaven without Jesus, so you need to get it done, there is no time to wait.”
When it came to family, he loved us all with a heart as big the world. Dewey especially loved being with his granddaughters. He loved watching their games, whether it be Shay’s basketball, Paxton’s soccer, Kyra’s pageants, dance recitals, or any other event, he would sit with a big smile and watch with pride. He enjoyed going camping with his family and taking them swimming. He loved to go to Fredericktown High School Football games walking up and down the side lines cheering Maeson and Keanan on to victory and giving them pointers on how to get the job done. He taught Keanan to throw the shot put, he said, “Son you have to put some grunt in it, it will make it go farther.” Keanan pushed with a grunt and it worked! Oh, he loved children, there is no child in this family big or small that has not sat on Santa Claus’ lap. He loved to see their faces light up at Christmas and he always had to give them a candy cane.
There is so much more to say but we would be here for a long time. One thing we will always remember is that he had the biggest smile, and his personality was just as big. Dew you will be remembered by all that ever came into your life for you made an impression on all that knew you. You will be missed dearly.
You did well brother, we are sure you are having a Hallelujah time in Glory.
Friends may call on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 -8:00 pm and again on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 9:30 am until the 10:30 am services at Edison Enterprise Baptist Church, 3055 St. Rt. 95, Edison, Ohio 43320, with Pastors Edward Colegrove and Lucian Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery, Cardington.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family to assist with final arrangements.
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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family with arrangements.