Services celebrating and honoring the life of retired Claremore Fire Department Captain, Donald "Leroy" Montgomery, will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Claremore Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Claremore under the direction of DeLozier Funeral Service. Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3-7 at Claremore Church of the Nazarene with family receiving visitors from 5-7. Leroy passed from his temporary earthly home to his eternal heavenly home, surrounded by his family on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. He was 77.
Born Sept. 4, 1939 in Claremore, Okla. to Leslie F. and Ruby B. (Reed) Montgomery, Leroy was raised and educated in the Harmony Star and Sequoyah area, graduating from Sequoyah High School. During his school days Leroy excelled at sports, playing basketball and baseball. On June 28, 1961 he married his first love, Martha Sue McClurg, in an outdoor wedding ceremony at her parent's home. Their union was gifted with one daughter, Dana, who was truly Leroy's pride and joy.
Leroy loved being a husband and father and faithfully provided for them throughout his life. He worked for several years at Everitt Lumber Co. Then in 1972 he began a career with the City of Claremore Fire Department, earning the rank of Captain before his retirement. Deciding he really wasn't ready to end his work career, Leroy went back to work for Suburban Chevrolet and after 34 years it became his second retirement. A man with a wide variety of interests and hobbies and for as long as his health allowed Leroy stayed busy. He enjoyed his pair of mules "Mousie" and "Katie" and having them harnessed up to his red wagon. Leroy had a small herd of Braham cattle and was very partial to the white Braham bull that he raised from a calf.
He loved just being with his family, going on vacations with them, attending birthday parties, or just spending time with his grandchildren. The list wouldn't be complete unless you mentioned his favorite place for breakfast, Dot's Café.
Perhaps the most important thing in Leroy's life was his love for the Lord. He made a profession of faith at a very young age and lived his entire life according to the instruction he found in the study of God's Word. Leroy was an example of a man with a Christ like heart, not only in his career as a firefighter, but in the way he would always put others needs before his. His church and fellowship with his church family at the Claremore Church of the Nazarene brought him much enjoyment.
This husband, father, grandfather, and friend will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Leroy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sue, of their home; daughter, Dana Ingersoll and husband A.J. of Claremore; grandchildren, Jared Parker and wife Toni of Tulsa; Brittany Brumley and husband Sam of Claremore; great grandchildren, Trinity and Trenton Brumley of Claremore; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Francis and Shirley McClurg of Claremore; and Libby McAdams of Oklahoma City; special friends, Holly Thompson and her husband Kenneth and their children Sierra and Natalie, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Ruby Montgomery, mother and father-in-law, Walter and Anna McClurg, sister, Linda Sumter and her husband Monroe, sister, Winifred Raper, and brother, Donald Montgomery.
Please view and sign Leroy's online tribute at www.delozierfuneralservice.com.
Published on February 27, 2017