Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Obituary: Walter L. Montgomery


January 18, 2007

Funeral services for Walter L. "Wolf" Montgomery, 76, Leavenworth, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home in Leavenworth. Burial will be in Mount Muncie Cemetery.

Mr. Montgomery died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at his home.

He was born July 25, 1930, in Bain City, the son of John N. and Jennie E. "Topsy" Wells Montgomery. He attended high school in Leavenworth and Lawrence.

During high school, at the age of 17, Mr. Montgomery was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a left-handed pitcher and played for them from 1948 to 1953. He scouted for the Baltimore Orioles for several years. He was a substitute sports reporter for the Leavenworth Times in the 1980s. He also submitted jokes to the "Tonight Show." He was a published author and wrote "Wolf's Bain City."

He worked as a salesman for L.B. Price in the Leavenworth area. He owned and operated Leavenworth Home Supply and TV Repair for several years. He also coached an American Legion baseball team.

He married Dorothy Bailey in 1950, and the marriage lasted until 1962. He married Louise Bequette in October of 1962. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include four sons, Scott Montgomery, Lawrence, Matthew Montgomery, Eudora, Walt Montgomery Jr., Leavenworth, and Bart Montgomery, Lansing; six daughters, Melissa Montgomery Arnett and Nancy Montgomery Strain, both of Lawrence, Carol Goodwin, Sue Snider and Cathy Milnark, all of Leavenworth, Darcia Murrish, Overland Park; an honorary daughter, Pam Trapp, Leavenworth; two brothers, Wayne "Rock" Montgomery, Ventura, Calif., and Gary Montgomery, Tampa, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Bailey Montgomery Gensler; a sister, Delores "Dodie" Bottoms and a brother, John "Fat" Montgomery.

The family suggests memorials to the Walter "Wolf" Montgomery Memorial Fund for a sports related memorial, which will be designated at a later date. Memorials may be sent in care of the Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, 707 S. Sixth Street, Leavenworth 66048.

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