OWENSVILLE — Charles Thomas Montgomery, 95, of Owensville, Indiana, passed away Thursday Sept. 9, 2021.

Charles also known as “Charlie” to many, was born Feb. 28, 1926 in Owensville, Indiana. He was the son of Jesse and Eunice Montgomery and a 1944 graduate of Owensville High School.

Charles left to serve his country in 1944 for the United States Marines where he was trained as a flame thrower before being sent to Japan to fight in WWII. He was later wounded by a mortar round in Okinawa, Japan.

While recovering from his wound, Charles met his future wife Bernice K. (Moeller Farr) “Bunny” at a skating rink in Spokane, Washington. Charles and “Bunny” married on July 28, 1945 and this year marked their 75th year of marriage. Charles has been a farmer his entire life. He worked hard on the family dairy farm in Owensville where he also raised chickens, turkeys, and hogs. He also worked at Alcoa as a supervisor, a carpenter and served as a railroad agent for Southern Railroad for 20 years. Charles was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a special ceremony will be performed at the funeral. He served in the American Legion Honor Guard for 20 years as well as a member of the American Legion Post 51. He sang in a barber shop quartet for 10 years. Charles is also a lifetime member of the Owensville United Methodist Church. Charles led by example, known to portray honor, self-respect and hard work to those he influenced. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Charles is preceded in death by parents and siblings Alice Montgomery (Frank) Garrett, Philip (Lois) Montgomery, Spicy Montgomery (Lex) Johnson, Kitty Montgomery (Franz) Tomlison.

He is survived by his wife Bernice “Bunny”; children Carl “C.T.” (Anne) Montgomery, Bill Montgomery, Ben (Cindy) Montgomery, Jesse (Betty) Montgomery, and Holly Montgomery; grandchildren Ken (Stephanie) Montgomery, Jason (Lisa) Montgomery, Chelsea (Gabe) Meyers, Matt (Bobbie) Montgomery, Melissa (Robert) Edmondson, Trevor (Emily) Montgomery, Jessica Montgomery Hooper, Jaley Montgomery, Jordan (Tabitha) Montgomery, Echo Montgomery (Matthew) Flood; 17 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren on the way.

Visitation is at Holder’s Funeral Home Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 from 4 p.m. — 6 p.m. with Masonic service at 6 p.m., followed by the funeral with Marsha Bishop officiating. Graveside service with military rites is at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 at Benson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to American Legion Post 51 Burial Detail, PO Box 518 Owensville, IN 47665.

 

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