American Veteran 09

Thomas Montgomery

November 4, 1938 ~ June 27, 2019 (age 80)

Tom Montgomery of Owatonna died June 27, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. Mass of Christian Burial is set for Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owatonna.  Friends may greet the family starting at 9:00 am at the church.   A parish rosary will take place at 10:30 am prior to the funeral mass.  Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Rites by the Steele County Funeral Unit. 

Thomas Harold was born November 4, 1938 in Duluth, MN the son of Harold and Mildred (Bergfalk) Montgomery.  He attended school in Duluth and was a member of the Duluth East graduating class of 1957. Tom enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1958 and was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD until his Honorable discharge in 1961.  He was united in marriage to Judy Rapp on May 6, 1962 in Rapid City, SD.  Tom attended college at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  He started work for Control Data in 1967 as a Project Programmer working on international business projects that took him all over the world.  Tom retired in 1991 after 28 years of service with Control Data.  In 2002, Tom received the gift of life after receiving a donated kidney from Lisa Bullerman.  This gift gave Tom an additional 17 years of life with his family, for which he was so grateful.  Tom loved travelling, golf, watching all sports, building and remodeling their house.  He will be remembered as a family man that loved life, his family and his Scotties; Maggie, Brody and Bella.  Tom will be greatly missed by his wife Judy of 57 years, son Doug (Leah) of Spring Valley, daughter Karen (Don) Byrd of Apex, NC and three grandchildren Hope, Logan and Evan.  Additional survivors include his siblings Pat (Harvey) Nelson, John (Dianne) Montgomery, Mike (Edie) Montgomery, Nanette Montgomery, Carol (Butch) Pehan, Linda (Dave) Nordean and Tessie (Ken) Perrault along with many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Elise Judith, parents and siblings Dan, Jim and Pris (Dave) Schulze. Memorials may be directed to the Steele County Humane Society or the donor’s choice.  To leave a message go


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