James E. Montgomery, age 89, of Fox Chapel, died Wednesday, July 3rd after a long illness. He was born on July 15, 1929 in DuBois, PA to Edgar and Mary Montgomery. He married JoAnn (Palmquist) Montgomery on November 23, 1950 in DuBois. Their son, Mark, was born in 1959.He graduated from DuBois High School in 1947. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and served stateside during the Korean War until 1953, rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He then attended Penn State University, graduating with honors in 1957 with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation they moved to Pittsburgh and from 1957-1961 he worked as an accountant for Coopers & Lybrand, receiving his C.P.A. certificate with honors in 1959. In 1961 he took the position of Assistant to the Treasurer at The Gage Company (formerly Pittsburgh Gage and Supply Co.), and ultimately served as president of the company from 1975 until his retirement in 1984. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Integra and Union National Banks for 17 years, and on the Board of St. Margaret Hospital for 20 years.Mr. Montgomery was a charter member of Ambassador Baptist Church in Ross Township, and served both as a deacon and treasurer for many years. In his retirement he assisted several local ministries with their financial programs, volunteered with agencies that offered free tax preparation services, and also served with the MS Society. He was an avid Penn State sports fan, and was a Penn State football season ticket holder for 50 years. He was also a musician. He and JoAnn sang regularly on the Peaceful Goodnight radio program on WCED in DuBois in the late 40's and early 50's. During his military years he sang in Gospel quartets, and after moving to Pittsburgh he sang both in church and with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. For many years he led monthly sing-a-longs at Windsor Place (now The Haven) and Arden Courts.Mr. Montgomery is survived by his wife of 68 years, JoAnn; their son Mark (Karen) Montgomery of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren: Kristen (Jonathan) Heisey of Mosnita Veche, Romania, Rhonda (Isaac) Weideman of Spooner, Wisconsin, and Michelle, Marissa, and Joel Montgomery, all of Pittsburgh; four great-grandchildren: Cory and Marci Heisey, and Emery and Konrad Weideman; a sister, Ellen Noker of Mountain Home, Arkansas; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, by a sister, Dorothy Lightell, and by a grandson, Andrew Montgomery. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bock Funeral Home, Ltd. 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM. Memorial contributions can be made to Servant's Heart Camp in Ramey, Pennsylvania.
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