Howard P. Montague, 84, WWII vet, father of seven

ALBANY—Howard P. Montague, 84, of Philmont died Friday, June 25, 2010 at Albany Medical Center with his loving family at his side. He was born on March 27, 1926 in Hudson, the son of William and Loletia (Huddleston) Montague.
On September 25, 1945, he married his beloved Verna Boyles, whom he cherished. Together they raised seven children. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Jesse Rutherford in the Pacific. Following his military service, he returned to Philmont and worked in mills before his family founded the Montague Coal and Oil Company. Mr. Montague was president of the company until his retirement in 1989. He also owned and operated Howard P. Montague Inc., a school bus company, for many years. Active in the community, Mr. Montague was a life member of the Mellenville Volunteer Fire Department and served as fire commissioner for the Mellenville Fire District. He was a member of the Minkler-Seery American Legion, where he was a post commander; served on the Ockawamick School Board and was one of the first board members when the school district was founded. He was active in the Philmont Rotary Club, where he served as president and assistant to the district governor of Rotary District 7210. He was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. He was recently awarded an honorary membership for his years of service. Mr. Montague was an elected Claverack assessor for several terms. He served as a Little League umpire.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed traveling with his wife to visit their children. He was a lifelong Yankee fan. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, Stuyvesant Falls.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 65 years; seven children, Carol Ann (Jack) Armstrong of Elizaville, Bill (Judy) Montague of Waterford, Linda Traphagen of Buffalo Grove, IL, Paula (Robert) Currie of Homer, Phyllis (Steve) Harris of Eaton, Richard (Kristy) Montague of Fairfax, VA, and Howard (Sarah) Montague of Philmont; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister Pat Moseley of Mellenville. He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Ronald and John.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, June 30, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Stuyvesant Falls with Fr. Frank O’Connor officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Philmont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Philmont Rescue Squad.

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