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OBITUARY

Frederick Lee Montgomery

20 May, 194227 June, 2020
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Frederick “Fred” Lee Montgomery was born on May 20, 1942 in the small town of Dizney, Kentucky to Virgil and Elsie (nee Carter) Montgomery. The family moved to the north side of Chicago where he spent most of his youth and young adult life. Frederick loved Chicago and was full of stories of his adventures as a young child in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and with lifelong friends Mark and Shirley Norman, Chuck Goforth, Edward “Eddie” Behof, and Bob Carter.

He married young, and was the proud, and disciplined father to Yvonne, Frederick “Freddie” Jr., and a son, Jeffrey, who succumbed to illness at a young age. Frederick worked hard for his family. He was creative and not afraid to try new and different things. During his working years, he spent time as an ironworker, and a supervisor for strapping material manufacturer, A J Gerrard. He then went on to obtain his license in cosmetology and was the proud owner of two beauty shops where he sold wigs and was a hair stylist. The majority of his career, however, was spent as a Chicago Police Officer where he served in the 20th District, later worked at Police Headquarters in the Subpoena Division. Frederick retired after 30 years with numerous awards for Chicago Police Service. He enjoyed close friendships with fellow officers Bill Milmine, Dave Bertram, and John Waterloo. Frederick was an active and longstanding member of The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago Masonic Temple 32°, and the fraternal organization of Medinah Shriners. He was also a member of St Phillips Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches in Chicago.

Frederick had varied and interesting hobbies that included baseball cards and comic books as a child, and golf and fishing as an adult. He loved golfing with his son, Freddie, and loved to tell stories of golf or fishing trips to Teal Point Resort on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas with his brother-in-law Leo, and his friends Eddie Behof, and Mel (and wife Yuriko) Saathoft. Frederick also loved his Fat Boy Harley Davidson motorcycle and had hair raising adventures to tell over a beer. Frederick always enjoyed tending his gardens, cooking delicious meals for his wife, Linda, and traveling with her to favorite places that included San Francisco, California, Paducah, Kentucky, Mexico, and Saint Lucia where they married and honeymooned over 20 years ago.

Like any good Chicagoan, Frederick also loved his sports teams and enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks and the Cubs! He was also a proud member of the NRA, and, unfortunately for his stepdaughter, Jackie, he was a Republican.

Frederick cared deeply for his family and was immensely proud of his daughter Yvonne (John) Colletta and granddaughters Amber (David) Miller and Lena (Lou) Marrese, and his son Frederick “Freddie” Jr. (Kathleen) and granddaughter Elizabeth (Michael) Blache. Frederick was blessed with many great-grandchildren, including Michael, Alexa, Olivia and Ainsley Miller, Adriana and Luca Marrese, and Colton Blache. Frederick was also a loving stepfather and grandfather to Linda’s daughters and their families: Jackie (Grant) Jansen, and Stephanie (John) Todd, and their children Rowan and Neve Jansen, and Chloe and Emily Todd. We would be remiss to not mention Frederick’s deep love for his cats, including Sara, whom he loved passionately for 18 years, Gabby, and most recently Henry James and Bella who were a great comfort to Frederick during his final years.

Frederick is also survived by his dear sister Linda and her children Clint Peterson, Shannon Hansen, Seth Chaps, Lyndsey Chaps, Kristyna Chaps, Eric Holmquist, and Cainon Holmquist.

A service to remember Frederick and his life was held at Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home, The Woodlands, Texas on July 6, 2020. He was laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery Mausoleum, Terrace Level, Unit 9, Chicago, Illinois on July 9, 2020.

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Jackie Jansen

11 July 2020

I will miss you, Fred. I watched you suffer for a long time with your illnesses and I am glad your suffering has ended. I was always in awe of your fight to overcome your diagnoses and reclaim your life, and I'm so sorry you didn't get more time. You will live on in our memories and we will be sure to remember the happy times when you were at your best. I will remember your feisty spirit and unapologetic opinions that often conflicted with mine. You were a great stepdad and a wonderful grandpa. Thank you. I love you.

Love, Jackie

Grant Jansen

11 July 2020

I always enjoyed hanging out with Fred and having a drink or two at Rabbits, at his condo in Chicago, or later his Texas home. I remember listening to the wild stories of his childhood, his pipe-fitting days, his hair salon, and his time as a beat cop on the streets of Chicago.

I remember how Fred was always concocting schemes, and you never really knew which ones he might follow through with. Fred was always one to give you advice and share his life’s experiences with you. I’m glad to have known Fred for the past 20 years and will miss concocting new adventures with him.

Love, Grant

Emily Todd

11 July 2020

I have a memory of Grandpa Fred where we were swimming in the pool and I would always fall for this... he would cup his hands together and say "Emily! Look I got a fish!" And I would always go and see if he actually did. Every single time he would squish his hands together and splash water in my face. it was the funniest thing. I love him so much and will miss him very much.

Love, Emily

Rowan Jansen

11 July 2020

When I was about six or seven, grandma Linda and grandpa Fred came to visit. I absolutely loved listening to the crazy stories about his life. We sat down on our swing outside and he started to tell me about the time he climbed Mt Everest. I thought that was crazy! My own grandpa had climbed Mount Everest! But it got even better... he hiked up the mountain with his kitten, Sara, in his shirt pocket. I thought that was so cool and decided I wanted to climb Mt. Everest with our dog, Marley, one day. Grandpa Fred was a great story teller, who always knew how to make me laugh and he was an even better grandpa. Miss you.

Love, Rowan

Bahama Dixon-Schroeder

11 July 2020

12 years ago my family gained two very important people, Fred and Linda Montgomery. Linda and I worked together while I was pregnant with Tara. She was there for me when I lost my father two weeks before Tara was born. She was there for the birth of my two youngest. Over the years, my kids have experienced unconditional love from Auntie Linda and Uncle Fred. Sadly, last Saturday Uncle Fred lost his battle with health issues that plagued him for a long time. We will miss his unforgettable voice, sense of cool style and smile. Over the years, we had so many fun moments on road trips to Fort Worth, Gruene, and McKinney, and weekends at their house in Houston. The girls loved to play cards or just chat with Fred. They always liked to have a post-birthday celebration during quick trips to Houston to visit. We enjoyed plenty of meals at favorite restaurants and Fred and I shared a warped sense of humor.

Often people forget about the spouse who becomes a nurse over the years. Linda cared for Fred 24/7 with no breaks. She had the role of so many people and I would like to thank Linda for helping Fred for so many years. Her life was not always easy but she never stopped loving him or helping Fred. Doctors visits, multiple medications, monitoring his vitals...the list goes on and on. He was a very lucky man to have a woman like Linda in his life. In illness we are often not at our best, but she never quit. Linda, we are so sorry for your loss and we want you to know we will always be here for you. You are the most generous and caring person I know. Fred loved you with all his heart.

Chanin Surma

6 July 2020

Sending my sympathy on the loss of Fred. He fought a long, hard battle. May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful tribute and life story. I feel like I got to know him from everything you shared. xo Chanin

Mona Saraiya

6 July 2020

I remember the fun time when we celebrated thanksgiving with everyone in Seaside, Florida. Fred was very handsome and he was in a lot of pain, but he still managed to look good, smile and enjoy the beach. I also remember how we avoided talking about politics to keep everything smooth!

I am glad you are free of pain and suffering and thanks for being a wonderful life partner for our dear sweet Aunt Linda.

Donna Morrison

6 July 2020

You will be missed Fred!

Stephanie Todd

5 July 2020

This is a heartbreaking tragedy for our family and, of course, we are very sad. But I would like to celebrate the happiness that Fred brought to our family and my mother. I want to celebrate Fred's life and accomplishments...the feistiness and humor that he brought to any situation. This was something you experienced while sitting with Fred kicking back with a beer or bloody mary. Fred had a crazy and sarcastic humor about the world that I appreciated. He was loving and kind and made our visits to Texas fun. He loved my mother with all his heart and knew he was a hard man to love back.

He told me recently he was afraid to leave my mom behind, and that he wanted to make sure she was going to be fine after he passed. I assured him we would take care of her and he seemed eased.

I wish I had known the younger Fred too. But what I knew of him at this phase in his life was adventurous and fun. He fought hard until the end and it humbled him. He was a good man with a good heart and he will truly be missed. We will continue sharing stories of Fred, keeping him alive through memories and photos. God bless him up there. I'm sure he's riding his Harley through the clouds.

Love, Stephanie

Chloe Todd

5 July 2020

When I was probably 11 or 12, my parents let me stay with grandma and grandpa for a week or two in Texas. One day, Grandma said that she had to go shopping and she left a movie for my sister, Grandpa and me to watch.

We swam, then ate lunch and started the movie. The movie turned out to be the movie Hachi: A Dog's Tale, which was about a dog whose owner dies and the dog waits for the owner. My sister, Grandpa, and I were all crying during the middle and at the end. Once the end of the movie hit, we all stood up to get something from the kitchen and Grandpa says in a sort of laughing and crying voice, "We are never letting Grandma pick out another movie for us, ever!" This is one of my fondest memories with my grandpa. It was good to have that one-on-one time with him.

Love, Chloe

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Dear granddaughter Elizabeth celebrating Frederick's 78th Birthday

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Biography

Frederick “Fred” Lee Montgomery was born on May 20, 1942 in the small town of Dizney, Kentucky to Virgil and Elsie (nee Carter) Montgomery. The family moved to the north side of Chicago where he spent most of his youth and young adult life. Frederick loved Chicago and was full of stories of his adventures as a young child in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and with lifelong friends Mark and Shirley Norman, Edward “Eddie” Behof, and Bob Carter.

He married young, and was the proud, and disciplined father to Yvonne, Frederick “Freddie” Jr., and a young son who succumbed to polio at the age of three. Frederick worked hard for his family. He was creative and not afraid to try new and different things. During his working years, he spent time as an ironworker, and a supervisor for strapping material manufacturer, A J Gerrard. He then went on to obtain his license in cosmetology and was the proud owner of two beauty shops where he sold wigs and was a hair stylist. The majority of his career, however, was spent as a Chicago Police Officer where he served in the 20th District, and later worked at Police Headquarters in the Subpoena Division. Frederick retired after 30 years with numerous awards for Chicago Police Service. He enjoyed close friendships with fellow officers Bill Milmine, Dave Bertram, and John Waterloo. Frederick was an active and longstanding member of The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago Masonic Temple 32°, and the fraternal organization of Medinah Shriners. He was also a member of St Phillips Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches in Chicago.

Frederick had varied and interesting hobbies that included baseball cards and comic books as a child, and golf and fishing as an adult. He loved golfing with his son, Freddie, and loved to tell stories of golf or fishing trips to Teal Point Resort on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas with his brother-in-law Leo, and his friends Eddie Behof, and Mel (and wife Yuriko) Saathoft. Frederick also loved his Fat Boy Harley Davidson motorcycle and had hair raising adventures to tell over a beer. Frederick always enjoyed tending his gardens, cooking delicious meals for his wife, Linda, and traveling with her to favorite places that included San Francisco, California, Paducah, Kentucky, Mexico, and Saint Lucia where they married and honeymooned over 20 years ago.

Like any good Chicagoan, Frederick also loved his sports teams and enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks and the Cubs! He was also a proud member of the NRA, and, unfortunately for his stepdaughter, Jackie, he was a Republican.

Frederick cared deeply for his family and was immensely proud of his daughter Yvonne (John) Colletta and granddaughters Amber (David) Miller and Lena (Lou) Marrese, and his son Frederick “Freddie” Jr. (Kathleen) and granddaughter Elizabeth (Michael) Blache. Frederick was blessed with many great-grandchildren, including Michael, Alexa, Olivia and Ainsley Miller, Adriana and Luca Marrese, and Colton Blache. Frederick was also a loving stepfather and grandfather to Linda’s daughters and their families: Jackie (Grant) Jansen, and Stephanie (John) Todd, and their children Rowan and Neve Jansen, and Chloe and Emily Todd. We would be remiss to not mention Frederick’s deep love for his cats, including Sara, whom he loved passionately for 18 years, Gabby, and most recently Henry James and Bella who were a great comfort to Frederick during his final years.

Frederick is also survived by his dear sister Linda and her children Clint Peterson, Shannon Hansen, Seth Chaps, Lyndsey Chaps, Kristyna Chaps, Eric Holmquist, and Cainon Holmquist.

A service to remember Frederick and his life was held at Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home, The Woodlands, Texas on July 6, 2020. He was laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery Mausoleum, Terrace Level, Unit 9, Chicago, Illinois on July 9, 2020.

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