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Joseph H. Montgomery

 

Joseph H. Montgomery, 54, of Chandler, Arizona, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Tempe, Arizona, on Jan. 14, 2021.

Joe was born in Monmouth, Illinois, on Dec. 2, 1966, the youngest of six siblings to Charles and Doris (Mettler) Montgomery. He attended Monmouth schools and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1985, then earned an associate degree from Carl Sandburg College in nearby Galesburg, Illinois.

In 1989, Joe joined the Monmouth Police Department and was employed there until moving to Gilbert, Arizona, in 2007 and going to work for the Arizona State University Police Department for the past 13-plus years.

While serving honorably for ASU, Joe continued his education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2015 – graduating in the same ceremony as his oldest son Brett– and a master’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security in 2017.

Joe will be remembered for his exemplary service as an officer, but the proudest accomplishment was playing the role of hero to his family, which includes his wife, Sandra (Talley) Montgomery. They were married June 16, 1990, in Monmouth and had four children: Allison, Brett, Seth (Kylie), and Natalie.

Joe was a selfless, tireless provider for his family, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them, including camping trips, traveling to softball tournaments, and watching his beloved Los Angeles Rams and Dodgers.

His leadership, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and overall decency will be deeply missed by his family, the officers who worked with him, and those who knew him well.

In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren Sesily, Brielle, and Adaline, Joe is survived by his five siblings: Marjorie Waddell, Betsy Kreminski (Karl), Mitch Montgomery (Kim), Harold Montgomery (Sherry), Marty “Jug” Montgomery and numerous extended family members, including sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law from Sandra’s side: Michael Talley (Evie), Pam Talley DeMay (Mike) and Vicki McNamara (Barry). He was preceded in death by his parents.

There was a private family viewing to pay respects on Monday, Jan. 18, at Bueler Mortuary. Following the viewing, Joe will be cremated.

On Friday, Jan. 29, there will be a memorial service to honor Joe. It will be held at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus Institute Building at 3 p.m. It will also be streamed online through the ASU Police Department’s site. https://www.facebook.com/ASUPolice/

 

 

26 Comments

  • Teleia Andrews Posted January 20, 2021 7:42 PM

    Praying for you, Sandy, and your whole family during this tragic time. May you sense the love and care of family and friends, and know God will be your strength in the days ahead.

  • Debbie S (Davis) Hruby Posted January 20, 2021 7:43 PM

    Joe was a classmate from Kindergarten- Graduation of High School. Very nice & caring person. Joe will be deeply missed. Sending thoughts & prayers to his family & friends. RIP Joe & Thank you for your service!

  • Christi Bruch-Munson Posted January 20, 2021 7:49 PM

    Thinking of you and your family. He was a great guy Monmouth misses him

  • Joe and Brenda Clark Posted January 20, 2021 10:27 PM

    Sandy Joe and I are praying for you and your family, may you feel Gods love and be surrounded by His perfect peace, we will always remember you and Joe were baptized the same Sunday Joe and I were ! Love you Sandy and you will see Joe again in heaven!

  • Angela Reimolds Posted January 20, 2021 10:37 PM

    Randy & I are absolutely heartbroken with and for you, Sandy. Please know that we’re praying for your family and trusting that you’re sensing God’s presence like never before.

  • Tammy Brentise Posted January 21, 2021 5:41 AM

    Thinking of you and your family he was a great guy Monmouth Definitely misses him Healing prayers for you and your family

  • Pam Kruidenier Posted January 21, 2021 5:47 AM

    Sending lots of love to whole family.

  • Ruth Harlow Posted January 21, 2021 6:59 AM

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. Prayers for the family!

  • Wanda Day Posted January 21, 2021 7:10 AM

    My heart and prayers goes out to you Sandy and the kids. All my family! Loosing Joe us is Big loss in my heart. I loved him so. I love you Sandy and the kids too!! Joe will never leave our heart and memories. You and the kids were so blessed to have had such a love and Great man in your lives. Hugs my cousin let the angels wrap their wings around you and bring you comfort. Sending much love to you and the kids

  • Wanda Day Posted January 21, 2021 7:10 AM

    My heart and prayers goes out to you Sandy and the kids. All my family! Loosing Joe us is Big loss in my heart. I loved him so. I love you Sandy and the kids too!! Joe will never leave our heart and memories. You and the kids were so blessed to have had such a love and Great man in your lives. Hugs my cousin let the angels wrap their wings around you and bring you comfort. Sending much love to you and the kids prayers and love sent to you all

  • Helen and James Paul Posted January 21, 2021 8:15 AM

    Sending our sympathy from Monmouth, I’ll. May all your wonderful memories help bring you peace! Sending our love , as well.

  • Peggy Jones Posted January 21, 2021 9:21 AM

    Oh my Sandy, so so sorry to hear of Joes passing. What a wonderful person that loved life and family so much. May God give you all strength in the days ahead. What a beautiful family. Love you all.

  • Don DeJaynes Posted January 21, 2021 9:32 AM

    Sandy & Family
    I very sorry for your lose of Joe, I have thought of you and Joe often, more in the last few month’s, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your lovely family.

  • Steve and Lynn McVey Posted January 21, 2021 10:14 AM

    Sandy & Family –
    Steve and I send our deepest sympathy to you. Joe was a wonderful person who loved you all so much. We are thinking of you and hope you will find strength in all your special memories.

  • Jen Rovinski Senecal Posted January 21, 2021 10:18 AM

    You are in all of our prayers. May you find comfort in the Lords’s arms. My heart breaks for you and your family.

  • Chelsey Stuart Posted January 21, 2021 10:37 AM

    I am so deeply sorry, Montgomery family. My heart breaks for you all. I only knew Joe for a short period of time and it was 14 years ago, but I remember how kind he was and I know he was so incredibly important to your family. Praying for all of you. Sending you all big hugs!

  • Sherrie & Sam Brooks Posted January 21, 2021 12:04 PM

    Sam & I are heartbroken for you & your family. Sending love & prayers to you all.

  • betty munson Posted January 21, 2021 2:40 PM

    my heart goes out to you and your family sandy.thinking of all of you. lots of hugs coming from monmouth!

  • Pam Best Posted January 21, 2021 4:06 PM

    Sorry doesn’t seem sufficient at this time. Joe was a classmate of mine from grade school through high school, and I deeply mourn his loss. Sending you all my love and prayers…

  • Nicki Posted January 21, 2021 4:29 PM

    My deepest condolences to the family. My heart breaks for you all. I remember Joe from all the years he served his community in Monmouth and he was always professional and polite.

  • Karen & Kevin Farrell Posted January 21, 2021 6:40 PM

    Sandy & family, We are so sorry for your loss. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. Joe’s love & memories will live on in your hearts forever. Prayers & hugs. Karen & Kevin Farrell

  • Lynne Winders Posted January 21, 2021 7:15 PM

    Sandy, my heart goes out to you and your family. I remember Joe from grade school where he was always smiling and so kind to everyone. My heart is breaking for you and I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during your difficult time.

  • Lisa and Jim Nichols Posted January 21, 2021 8:02 PM

    Sandy, Jim and I are so sorry. We have great memories of you being our neighbors. Love you!

  • TerBear Posted January 21, 2021 9:37 PM

    The Montgomery Family are some of my dearest friends! Their not just friends, I consider them family❤️ my heart is broken for the loss of Joe! May God wrap his arms around my dear friend Sandy and Allie, Brett, Seth and Nanner’s. And help you thru this! Love you ALL! Hugs and prayers!

  • Leese and Chris Posted January 22, 2021 10:34 AM

    We are sending so much love to our dear friends and just know we have you in our prayers and share in your grief on the loss of Joe..we love you all and will always remember Joe ❤

  • Wendy Avery Posted January 29, 2021 2:17 PM

    Love from Illinois. Big hugs to you all.

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