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Joseph William Montgomery “Bill,” age 69, entered into eternal peace Saturday, October 12, 2019. Bill was born September 25, 1950, in Baltimore, MD and moved to Lansing, MI in 1967.

He is survived by his loving wife and high school sweetheart, Marnie (Green) Montgomery of 47 years and their five children; Kari Montgomery (Gregg) Palazzolo of Ada, MI; Marci Montgomery (Kurt) Jacobs East Lansing, MI; Matthew Montgomery (Lindsey) Lansing, MI; Molly Montgomery (John) Lee Chanhassen, MN; and Mark Montgomery Edina, MN. Grandpa Bill will be missed by his grandchildren; Devin, Zoe, and Jake Palazzolo; Madison, Jack, and Ava Jacobs; Monroe, London, and Presley Montgomery; Savory, Savannah, and Stella Lee. Bill is also remembered by his sister, Jean (Montgomery) Gibson; his brother, Timothy Montgomery both of Forest, VA and many additional family and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph William and Eileen Montgomery, and his brothers, Michael and Patrick Montgomery.
Bill graduated from Gabriels High School in Lansing, MI and is a veteran who served for the U.S. Army. He was passionate about his career in the financial services industry and enriched the lives of many since 1979. He was often referred to as a “legend” in his field due to his personal brand of professionalism, creativity and “will to win.” Bill retired from John Hancock in 2010 as Regional Vice President in Minneapolis, MN and shortly after, Marnie and Bill relocated to East Lansing, MI. When he wasn’t working, he had a lifetime love of golf and his close friends often referred to him as “Cool Breeze.”

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 18, 2019, at St. Martha Parish, 1100 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos, MI 48864, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Michael Murray officiating. The family will receive family and friends at St. Martha Parish at 10:00 a.m., one hour prior to the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Bill’s memory.

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  1. Ronald Middaugh on October 15, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Marnie, I was shocked when I read about your husbands passing. Please accept our condolences for you and your entire family. God bless you.
    Ron & Sandy Middaugh

  2. Ray and Elfreda Winegar on October 15, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Marnie,
    We send you our deepest sympathy for your loss. May you be comforted by the memories of your love of and devotion to each other. May you gain strength from your faith and love of God and your family.
    Ray and Elfreda Winegar

  3. Thomas, Susie and Teresa Izzo on October 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Montgomery family, I was very saddened to here of Bills passing. He was a very Loving , caring, and generous man. Although I only knew him for a very short time, he impressed on me the importance of faith, family and friends. May Gods grace and blessings sustain you all in your time of mourning. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Gary Secor on October 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm


    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. It’s amazing you and Bill had those 47 years to share with and raise a wonderful family. God bless to all of you and hoping that treasured and memorable times with Bill are of some comfort during this difficult time. You all are are in my thoughts and prayers. Gary Secor

  5. Bob & Harriet Onda on November 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Dear Molly and Montgomery Family:
    Our condolences on the passing of your Dad. His many tributes describe a life of a genuinely good man. His achievements were many, the greatest being that of a loving husband, father and grandfather. You must be very proud of him. We offer prayers for you, your family and for the blessing of his soul at rest.

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