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James Ronald Montgomery, 72

James Ronald Montgomery, 72, of Hibbing, Minn., died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at his home in Hibbing. The funeral was held Saturday, March 8, at the Salvation Army Chapel in Hibbing. The Rev. Rod Tuomi officiated. Burial will be in the Bearville...

James Ronald Montgomery, 72, of Hibbing, Minn., died Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at his home in Hibbing.

The funeral was held Saturday, March 8, at the Salvation Army Chapel in Hibbing. The Rev. Rod Tuomi officiated. Burial will be in the Bearville Township Cemetery. The Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born June 30, 1935, to Ronald A. and Louise A. Montgomery in Minneapolis. He was a resident of Hibbing for the past 31 years. He made his career in the U.S. Armed Forces, serving more than 21 years of service in the Air Force. After his time in the military, he owned and operated Monty's Appliance Repair in Hibbing. He loved fixing things and tinkering. He would lend a hand to anyone who asked him for help. He was a member of the Hibbing Christian Assembly Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially duck hunting, and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Montgomery of Hibbing; sons, Bryan J. (Susan) Montgomery of Hibbing, David Neil (Patricia) Montgomery of Aurora, Minn., Jacob A. (Crissy) Montgomery of Coon Rapids, Minn.; daughters, Linda Walker of Kelly Lake, Minn., Ronda (Bob) Fridlund of Hibbing, Laura (Mark) Swehla of Pillager, Minn., Petra (Charles) Steaderman and Joann Montgomery, both of Burnsville, Minn.; sister, Judith (Wallace) Lamon of Bemidji; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gayle Montgomery; and one great-grandchild.

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