Col. Patrick J. Montgomery

JULY 18, 1938-DEC. 4, 2011

December 13, 2011
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A fine and honorable American soldier, Col. Patrick Joseph Montgomery, died in Durango, Colo., on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 4.

Col. Montgomery was one of a set of twins born to Phil and Catherine (Hogansen) Montgomery on July 18, 1938, in Sioux City, Iowa. He grew up and attended schools in Sioux City and joined the Army National Guard in 1955 prior to his graduating from Bishop Heelan High School in 1956.

After high school, Col. Montgomery attended San Diego State University in California and then, in 1962, enlisted for active duty in the United States Army. In 1963, he completed officer candidate school and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry. His military career spanned many duty stations in the United States and abroad, including Germany, Korea and Vietnam, where he served two combat tours. In 1987, he retired from active-duty Army service after 25 years of honorable service with the rank of colonel.

Col. Montgomery continued to serve his country and the United States Army for 16 additional years with civilian service at the Pentagon, Fort Ritchie and Fort Detrick until retiring in 2003 in Hagerstown. In 2010, he moved to Durango to be near his son, Ryan.

His son, Ryan, honored his father's military service by also serving in the Army.

In 1973, Col. Montgomery married Irmi Weikard. They were married for 35 years until divorcing in 2008.

He enjoyed reading, traveling the world, movies, dogs and rifle shooting.

Col. Montgomery is survived by his son, Ryan Patrick Montgomery of Durango; a brother, Michael Montgomery of Sioux City, Iowa; sisters, Bobbie Montgomery and Charlene Montgomery of San Diego; and stepfather Charles Walker of San Diego.

A graveside service with full military honors will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista, Ariz., near Fort Huachuca, where Col. Montgomery had served for many years.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be sent to the La Plata County Humane Society, 1111 S. Camino del Rio, Durango, CO 81303 or to Friends of the Durango Public Library, 1900 E. Third Ave., Durango, CO 81301.

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