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Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

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OBITUARY

Frederick Lee Montgomery

May 20, 1942June 27, 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 32 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 or a joint. 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 will be held at Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home, The Woodlands, Texas. He will be laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery Mausoleum, Terrace Level, Unit 9, Chicago, Illinois.

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Chanin Surma

July 6, 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

July 6, 2020

I remember the fun time when we celebrated thanksgiving with Everyone. Fred was very handsome And he Was in a lot of pain, but still managed to look good and 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

July 6, 2020

You will be missed Fred!

Stephanie Todd

July 5, 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 once 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. He will truly be missed and 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

July 5, 2020

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

We swam until lunchtime, then we ate and started the movie. The movie was fine, but it turned out to be the movie "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" about a dog whose owner dies and then dog waits for the owner to return everyday. Well, my sister, grandpa, and I were all crying during the middle of the movie and towards the end. When the end of the movie hit, we all stood up 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

Leo Paul

July 4, 2020

Remembering the good time with Fred and Linda when we drove up the California coast and visited Solvang, Morro Bay and toured Hearst Castle. Rest In Peace, Fred. Love, Leo and Kathy.

Alysia King

July 4, 2020

This is the last time Olivia and I saw my Uncle Fred in Las Vegas before we moved to West Virginia in 2012. I took this pic. Time is precious and see your family often. You were loved by many and will be truly missed.

Linda Montgomery

July 4, 2020

Miss you so much Darling!
Sleep well!♥️

Louise Butler

July 4, 2020

I knew Fred as stepfather to Jackie Jansen. He was a funny guy!! He will be missed.

Louise Butler

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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 32 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 or a joint. 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 will be held at Forest Park - The Woodlands Funeral Home, The Woodlands, Texas. He will be laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery Mausoleum, Terrace Level, Unit 9, Chicago, Illinois.