James W. Montgomery


JAN 31, 1922 - AUG 16, 2009

We never quite know how a person touches another life, until it’s our own that’s touched. Jim Montgomery lived in such a way that it made an impact. It was evidenced throughout his life, through service to his country, his family, his friends, and his church.

Jim served in the United States Navy, from 1940 to 1946, assigned to both the USS Idaho during the invasion of Pearl Harbor and later on the USS President Polk. Certainly a man of courage and bravery.

Jim and Dorothy were married September 8, 1943, during a 15-day leave between ship reassignments, at the First Baptist Church in Topeka. Their union was blessed with four children: James Jr., Robert, John, and Marilyn. Jim planned yearly summer trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains or National Parks in the Western United States, creating life-long memories for his children and a tradition of family togetherness that has continued to be followed. The blessings continued with the addition of grand-children and great-grand children. Jim was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was deeply loved by his family.

Jim’s devotion extended beyond his family, to include his friends and church family. Jim was gifted with being able to fix anything given to him and he was able to bless others by using that gift. He enjoyed helping his neighbors, fixing their radios and televisions. He kept in contact with his Navy buddies, making sure they were given the opportunity to gather together, by organizing and hosting several Navy reunions throughout the years. Here at Sunnyside, he served his church family for forty-eight years in various capacities; he served as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, deacon, trustee, and sound technician.

It is evident that Jim lived a life not for himself, but for others: for the Lord, his family, his friends, and his church. Let us not forget the legacy that he has left - a life of service.

Jim will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched. May his life of service be a reminder of how we should serve the Lord Jesus Christ and each other.