Stan Montague

Longtime Anchorage resident Stanley Arthur Montague, 86, died Nov. 8, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a short illness.

A visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, with the funeral at noon Thursday at Witzleben Funeral Home, 1707 S. Bragaw St. in Anchorage. The United States Navy at Fort Richardson National Cemetery will provide full military honors at his burial after the ceremony.

Stanley was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Henderson, N.Y., to the late Hawley and Anna Hurry Montague. His family noted that he "was known to all residents of Henderson as 'Skipper' because of his fascination with ships and tales of the sea." His fascination with the sea and his dedication to his country brought him to joining the U.S. Navy in 1939. He served the Navy with distinction and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Medical Corps. During his service to his country, Stanley was awarded the Purple Cross, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic/Pacific Medal with 5 Silver Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and a Commendation Ribbon from the Philippine Republic.

After his retirement from the military, Stanley pursued degrees from Ferris State University (AS), University of Alaska Anchorage (BS) and Alaska Pacific University (MLA). He found rewarding administrative and executive careers at Federal Electric Corp. in Anchorage and Fairbanks, ITT in both New Jersey and Winnipeg, Manitoba, and as manager of labor relations for the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Telephone Utility.

After retirement, he and his wife of 63 years, Audrey Ione Montague, sailed around the world, visited China, the Caribbean, traveled extensively throughout Alaska, the United States and Canada in addition to pursuing a mutual passion for gardening when they were at home. He took great joy in helping mentor and encourage his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was active in the Fleet Reserve Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Purple American Heart Association.

"Dad was a great man and attentive father who encouraged a love of country in all his children as well as a sense that every individual should contribute to making the world a better place to live. He believed in education and the joy of knowledge. He was a loving, supportive and giving husband and father and a friend to many."

Stanley is survived by his wife of 63 years, Audrey: sons, Dale, Gary and Randy of Anchorage, Dennis of Lynch Station, Va.; and his grandchildren, Sean Colin Montague of Orange Park, Fla., Connor and Linden Montague of Anchorage, Michelle Duke, Jennifer McCrickert and Michael Montague of Virginia, and Wendy Potter, Eric Montague, Christine Giles and Patricia Montague, all of Anchorage, and Monica Montague of Albany, Ore.; and 10 loving great-grandchildren.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home.