Past President and Torrence Award Winner of the Xenia Area Chamber Passes
Robert T. Montgomery, 86, of Xenia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, November 15, 2018. He was born February 10, 1932, in Xenia, Ohio, the son of Lewis W. “Monty” and Pearl Gultice Montgomery. He was the president of the Class of 1950, Xenia Central High School, served in the United States Marine Corps, during the Korean War, and attended the United States Naval Academy. In 1987, he received his CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and CHFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) professional designations from the American College, and in 1991 he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Antioch University. His insurance career started in 1956, and his business evolved into Montgomery Insurance and Investments which is one of the largest insurance and investment firms in Greene County operating today. In 1982 he received the prestigious “Agent of the Year” award from the Travelers Insurance Company, was a lifetime member of the Travelers Insurance Company National Leadership Club, and received their “Quality of Life” award in 1995. He was a lifetime member of Faith Community United Methodist Church, where he and his wife were instrumental in developing the Stephen Ministry and where he led the men’s prayer group, outreach ministries, and taught Sunday school. He was a lifelong member of Xenia Elks Lodge, # 668, the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, who awarded him the 1977 F.M. Torrence Award, and he served on the board of the Ohio Veteran’s Children’s Home. The American Red Cross, Community Chest, YMCA, Xenia Community Schools, Toastmasters, the Greene County Foundation, Greene Memorial Hospital, Cedarville University President’s Associates, and many other organizations have benefited from his wisdom, leadership, and willingness to serve. After the 1974 tornado, he was instrumental in leading the Spirit of ’74 committee of volunteers who worked long and hard to restore their hometown. In 2002, he received the outstanding honor and recognition of the E.J. Nutter Award for his service to the Greene County community. He is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy (Wilson) Montgomery, whom he married, April 8, 1954, a daughter, Stephanie Blackbern, two sons, Bradley T. (Tami) Montgomery, and Eric L. (Amy) Montgomery, all of Xenia, six grandchildren, Timothy (Valyn) Blackbern, Thomas Blackbern, Blair (Charlie) Davis, Brook (Justin) Lodge, Kent (Amberly) Montgomery and Evan Montgomery, three great-grandchildren, William Lodge, Carter Davis, and Morgan Davis, a brother, Richard A. Montgomery, Xenia, by many nieces and nephews, and by many close friends and clients. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Kent W. Montgomery, a great-granddaughter, Mia Jo Lodge, and by a brother, Lewis W. Montgomery, Jr. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services will be held at 10am, Tuesday, November 20, at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 100 Country Club Dr., Xenia, with Rev. Rick Tettau officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm Monday at the church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bridges of Hope, P.O. Box 241, Xenia, OH, 45385, or to a favorite charity in his memory. Condolences may be made to the family at www.NeeldFuneralHome.com.