Kenneth D. Montague, 89, of Washington, KS, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Washington County Hospital. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, at the United Methodist Church in Washington. Pastor Randy Jellison-Knock officiated. Sheila Ouellette played the organ while Dr. James Smart sang “In the Garden” and “Under His Wings.” The pallbearers were Chad Parrack, Brad Parrack, Chris Montague, Randy Wise, Les Gauby and Bob Kern. The honorary pallbearers were Lee Gauby, Jim Breeding, Roger Otott, Ric Johnson, Toby Anderson and Gary Gauby. Burial was in the Washington City Cemetery. Kenneth was born September 9, 1924, near Washington, son of Walter and Carrie (Furnam) Montague. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. After his military service, he returned to the farm, where he raised crops and livestock. He liked playing cards, dancing and going to the casinos to gamble. Kenneth was a member of the Wholmoor American Legion Post #237 at Linn. On February 19, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mildred Johnson in Washington. She preceded him in death on September 28, 1994. He was also preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Roger; and four sisters, Zelda Scholl, Darlene Gassert, Christine Oliver and Shirley Fischer. Survivors include his children, Jolene (Jim) Parrack, Washington, Gary (Debra) Montague, Washington, Karen (Kevin) Schnieder, Crete, NE, Ronald "Squeak" Montague, Washington, Terry Montague, Washington, Sharon Montague, Washington, and Rick (Tricia) Montague, Elkhorn, NE; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established to the Wholmoor American Legion Post #237, Linn, KS. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home.
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