Kenneth Anthony Montgomery
Ken Montgomery was a family man. He married Suzanne Nelson in August 1979 and they have four children – Kenneth, Matthew, Kristine, and Kevan – who were all with him when he passed.
Ken was a wonderful friend and volunteer. He could fix almost anything and his friends knew it and appreciated his generosity of time and skills. He supported his sons as each went into Boy Scouts and was a Merit Badge instructor. He coached and supported their teams in baseball. His children’s schools all knew him well for the countless ways he helped.
Famously known for goofy dad jokes that could make you groan, Ken was an avid fan of the NHL Dallas Stars, the MLB Texas Rangers, the Texas A&M Aggies football team, and Whataburger – pleasures that he shared with family and friends.
Ken was born at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas on June 4, 1954 to parents Patsy Purvis Montgomery and Richard Anthony Montgomery. He was descended from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and one of his favorite things to do as a child was collecting arrowheads. He grew up in Brownfield, Texas where he participated in 4-H, the Boys Club, and Boy Scouts. He also had a musical streak and played the clarinet and French bassoon.
After attending Denton High School, during which he worked at LaSalle’s Hamburgers, Ken began his career in food service kitchen design in 1978 when his future father-in-law broke his hand and could not continue to draw. He became well respected in the industry and most recently worked for Dwane Bosma of Bosma Design until mid-July 2017.
Ken passed away in Dallas, Texas on August 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife and children, grandchildren, Nathan and Allyson, his sister, Annette Cherry of Rocksprings, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A casual jeans and t-shirt (Ken’s comfy look) Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 3PM in the Fellowship Hall of the Powell Rains building at The Village Church – Dallas Northway Campus located at 3877 Walnut Hill Ln, Dallas, TX 75229.
The family invites you to come and share your stories about Ken and share in his favorite foods and music.
Ken’s family would like to thank Tim Barkley of UT Southwestern Care Coordination Department and the caregivers of the Visiting Nurse Association. Tribute donations can be made to VNA Hospice Care at VNATEXAS.org.
To sign a guestbook, please visit Ken’s Tribute page at Hughes Family Tribute Center at Kenneth Montgomery - Saturday, August 5th, 2017 (Site to be updated soon with this info)
From our Caring Bridge Site: An Earthly Journey Coming to An End Journal entry by Suzanne Montgomery — 1 hour ago Hello, everyone. I have struggled to find the words to write any updates over the past few weeks. My sons are the wordsmiths, not I. After several medical consultations, countless tests, scans, and physicals, Ken made the decision to not pursue treatment of any kind. His cancer was very advanced and was in his liver, pancreas, lungs and had metastasized to his spine. While treatment might prolong his life, that time would be spent sick and feeling miserable with the very high and likely probability it wouldn't change his outcome. Instead, he managed his symptoms with medication and remained upbeat and positive. He was doing as much as he physically could to stay active. His appetite returned somewhat and he even put on a few pounds. We continued to go out to dinner to his favorite spots. Our entire family gathered for Memorial Day and Fourth of July to swim, grill, play games, laugh and hang out. These were very special times for both of us but Ken really enjoyed being with his kids and grandkids. He was approved for Hospice on 7/3 and that week was unbelievably hectic. We had visits from 6 different people on 5 different days. I still don't understand why they all had to come out or why they couldn't all come at the same time. It was very stressful and disruptive. I think we all became complacent because he was doing so well. This past Monday, he picked up Allyson from day care and we went to IHOP to eat. Breakfast had become his favorite meal. Tuesday he woke and it was like the plateau he had been on had become quicksand and he was slowing going under. By last night, he was on an oxygen concentrator 24/7, had significant weight loss, was extremely weak, confused and agitated and could barely speak. And when he did speak, he wasn't making any sense. Our hospice nurse speculated that the cancer had progressed to his brain. Our kids have arranged their work schedules so they can spend as much time as possible with their dad. Now, we are making every moment count since we know our time is so short. To add to our stress, my longtime client is taking their accounting in-house which is a decision I can't argue with knowing their growth rate. That will leave a huge hole in my client base but it will also give me the time necessary to devote to my family after training my replacement. I cannot thank everyone enough for your love, support, offers of assistance, meals, financial contributions, words of encouragement and prayers. As I said in a facebook post, thank you seems so inadequate but right now, that is all I have. From my whole heart (not just the bottom of my heart), I thank you all. I am holding on tight to Jesus' hand and letting His strength support me.
UpRugby is a game predicated on supporting your teammate. Supporting them to carry the ball when they can’t go the distance. Supporting them when they hit the ground and need some cover. Supporting them with a strong push to keep things moving forward.
That’s on-the-field support. The exact same principles exist in life.
Real rugby teams have support that transcends the pitch.
One of our Dallas Reds’ teammates needs that support now.
Kevan Montgomery’s family could use our aide in covering medical expenses as Kevan’s father battles cancer.
Let’s do as we always do and stand with our brother. Please donate to assist the Montgomerys in their time of need.