Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Lee Montgomery, 57, died of Covid-19 on September 21, 2021, in Fargo, North Dakota.
Lee Richard Montgomery was born September 6, 1964, to Robert and Carol (Mills) Montgomery. The seventh of nine children, Lee was a beloved son and brother, and as an adult he was very much a connector, protector, and anchor for his family members both near and far. Lee had a tremendous work ethic, and he worked in a variety of jobs and fields, from farming to CNA work in nursing homes and a hospital, to property maintenance, and for the last two decades as a certified boiler technician and operator for high-pressure heating and steam systems. Lee was employed for more than two decades at the heating plant at NDSU, and he also worked a second job as a boiler specialist at Nu-Tek Food Science in Fargo.
Friends and family will miss Lee terribly. We knew Lee as a gregarious, kind, and generous person with a big smile, bigger heart, and a willingness to help and lead in difficult circumstances. He was always a hit with kids, and he could and would talk to anyone at any time about just about anything. And Lee’s big booming laugh was quick, genuine, welcoming, and unmistakable, even from across a crowded room. Lee had a profound gift for seeing the humor in life even in trying times, and he was strong and steady in all weathers.
Lee’s family and friends will treasure memories of his wit and quickness with smart and funny comebacks and contorted facial expressions. To spend time with Lee was to spend time laughing, talking, and sharing stories. His gift for humor and perspective always included an ability to laugh at himself, and his wit was sharp without being mean. He was especially funny when providing commentary about the absurd or overly wrought, like reality TV shows that focused on bigfoot hunters, UFO theorists, treasure hunters who never quite found the treasure, or attention seekers who traded on ridiculous eccentricities.
Lee loved—really loved—riding his Harley Davidson, and he always looked forward to a trip to Sturgis. Riding was a lifelong passion for Lee. His first bike was a yellow Honda Mini-50 when he was a little kid, and he graduated to bigger and bigger Honda trail bikes and eventually Harley Davidson road bikes as he grew into an adult. For Lee, the ride itself mattered more than the destination, and he treasured riding weather in North Dakota because it passed so quickly. Annual trips to Sturgis were not only great rides but they were prime times to people-watch and connect and sight-see in beautiful country. For Lee, time on a bike was a celebration of his style of freedom.
Lee is survived by sisters Ann Montgomery (Flagstaff, AZ), Sue Montgomery (Mandan, ND), and Jennifer (Frank Cummings) Montgomery (Salisbury, NH); brother Ron Montgomery (Fargo); niece Brooke (Craig) Roth (Los Angeles, CA), and grandnephews Hudson and Becker Roth (Los Angeles, CA); and girlfriend Gail Paschke (Fargo, ND).
Lee was preceded in death by his mother Carol (Mills); father Robert; brothers Richard, Jim, and Scott; sister Kay; and grandparents Lewis and Gerda (Watne) Mills and David and Ardell (Rindy) Montgomery.
Services will be held at a later date.
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