OTTUMWA — Charles “Charley” R. Montgomery, 68, of 740 E. Alta Vista Ave., died at 5:50 a.m. February 22, 2014, at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
He was born February 5, 1946, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Charles J. and Henrietta J. Meinders Montgomery. He married Linda L. Lund on April 25, 1970.
A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1964, he also graduated from Iowa State University in Mechanical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Utah while serving in U.S. Air Force in Germany.
He worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works 35 years, retiring in 2001.
He had been a member and grew up in the Wesley United Methodist Church. For the past 20 years he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, was on the Endowment Committee and was a volunteer for the Food Pantry of the church.
He had been a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America, had been a board member of the YMCA and was past president of the TENCO board two different times. He served on the Commission for Ottumwa Housing Authority 12 years and was a longtime member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Cyclone Club.
As a graduate of the Ottumwa Class of 1964, he had been working hard and looking forward to his 50th class reunion this Labor Day weekend, renewing old friendships.
Surviving are his wife, Linda; three sons, Chad (Rebecca) Montgomery of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Corey Montgomery of Ames and Craig Montgomery of West Des Moines; a granddaughter, Lillian Lee Montgomery; a sister, Pat (Al) Wick of Rochester, Minn.; a niece, Diane Wick.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Cheryl Wick.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. David Klanderman officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Military services will be conducted by O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion and Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.