Friday, June 29, 2012

Bob Montgomery - Anchor Lodge

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DANVILLE — William Robert “Bob” Montgomery, 82, of Danville, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1930, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., to William Everett and Helia Yeager Montgomery.

He married Mary Faye Smith on June 16, 1954, in Columbia, Miss. She preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 2004.

Surviving are three children, William Robert Montgomery Jr., of Danville, Doris (Bill) Mahoney, of Maitland, Fla., and Mary (Rich) Durnell, of Catlin; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob served his country in the Air Force as part of the Alaskan Air Command during the Korean War. After his service he worked as a pressman for Printing Impressions in Champaign and Interstate Printing in Danville.

Bob was a 60-year member and past commander of the American Legion Post 210 in Danville, where he was very active in the activities and funeral detail and a member of the 40-8. He was also a member of the VFW 728 and a 32nd Degree Mason in the Anchor Lodge. Bob also belonged to the Gao Grotto, the Ansar Shrine and the York Scottish Rite.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Bob Montgomery will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the VA Protestant Chapel in Danville. The Rev. James Blue will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will take place afterward at the Danville National Cemetery, where American Legion Post 210 will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Building Fund or the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Please join Bob’s family in sharing memories, photos or video through his Tribute Wall at

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