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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. Jan Hayes on October 14, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Marnie,
    We are sad to learn of Bill’s passing. We always admired how your relationship with him showed true love.
    May your fond memories and strong faith sustain you at this time.
    Jan and Dan Hayes
    Gulf Breeze residents.

  2. Ellie Thieman on October 14, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Marnie, I admire you for your ability to always keep a smile on your face no matter what challenges life gave you. You and Bill were truly an inspiration of true love.

    May your strong faith and strength guide you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Ellie Thieman

  3. Ann & Dave Zogbaum on October 14, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    We were so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. May you find comfort remembering the wonderful times you shared over the years.
    We hope you personal strength, your family, and your strong faith bring you support during this difficult time.
    Ann & Dave Zogbaum
    Gulf Breeze/ B building

  4. Jonah Smith on October 14, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Montgomery Family,

    I will never forget Bill, Marnie and Mark (at the time) welcomed me into their home for a couple months while we transitioned from IL to MN. I was taking over for Bill after he retired and we had the best time contemplating (debating) the nuances of retirement in the US. Bill went out of his way to introduce me to everyone and teach me much of what I know and believe today. I’ll always cherish those days and the warmth that came from all of you. To my kids he’s grandpa Bill, to Mark and I he was Ole Whitey, and for me personally he will always be a mentor and friend. God Bless you and your whole family.

    Jonah Smith, Danielle Smith, Isabella Smith, Logan Smith, Henry Smith & Hadley Smith

  5. Brian Palazzolo on October 14, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a very Special man. I was honored to sit at the mini dinner tables and enjoyed his stories!

  6. Dennis Shaw on October 15, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Marnie, so sadden to hear of Bills passing, you were wonderful friends during my time on the PD. Always enjoyed our visits and thankful for your service to the neighborhood and city . May God bring you comfort in the time ahead. 🙏. God Bless. Dennis.

  7. David D. Dickson Jr. on October 15, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Marnie & Family, sorry for your lost. Blessings to you and family always. The support that you always provided to your community, city and to the Lansing P. D. will always be remembered. May God comfort you during this time and always.

  8. Kathleen Fennig on October 15, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Dear Marnie,
    I was saddened to hear of the loss of your dear husband, but I also know that you were a true example of a loving and devoted wife and that will certainly give you peace in the days to come. I hope to see your beautiful smile again next year, when the weather turns chilly.
    Love and Hugs,
    Kathleen Fennig

  9. Gary Zurek on October 15, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I was deeply saddened by hearing of the passing of Bill. He was a wonderful man who I felt so blessed to have got to know if only for a short time. I met Bill in the early 2000’s and the minute I met him we seemed to become instant friends. He just had a special way about him.

    Not only was he a great friend and mentor for me but he did so much for TSC and so many of our employees. His passion, commitment to excellence and creativity was an inspiration to all who came in contact with him. Although we have not seen Bill for a few years, all of us at TSC who knew and loved him often share our ” Bill Stories” with genuine fondness. He will always have a special place in my heart and TSC’s history.

    I am sorry I won’t be able to attend the memorial service but I want you and your family to know that you will be in Jeanne and my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless,
    Gary & Jeanne Zurek

  10. Mara Lud on October 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I send you my deepest sympathy for the loss of Bill. It was great to reconnect with you this past year. I have great respect for you and your strength, compassion, and uplifting spirit. I know God will bless you with peace and love during this very difficult time. God bless Bill and you.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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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