WILLIAM DAVID “Bill” MONTGOMERY, 75, of Eau Claire passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Butler Memorial Hospital of complications due to COVID-19. Born in Eau Claire on July 9, 1944, he was son of Joseph D. and Helen Dillamen Montgomery. Bill honorably served his country during the Viet Nam War as a member of the 229th Aviation Btn., First Cavalry Division. Serving as both a mechanic and door-gunner on UH-1H (Hueys) he was awarded two Air Commendation Medals, one for Heroism and the other for Meritorious Service. Serving from 1965 to 1967, he also earned the NDSM, Aircraft Crewman Badge, and both the Viet Nam Service and Campaign Medals. He was discharged in July of 1967 with the rank of SP/5. He was employed over thirty-six years as an auto mechanic with the former J.M. Beatty Automotive of Eau Claire from where he retired. Affiliated with Bethel United Methodist Church of Eau Claire, he was also a Life Member of Paul W. Woods VFW Post #7840. Surviving are his wife, the former Judy Riddle whom he married May 21, 1971; daughter Kim (Jon) Howland of Eau Claire; four grandkids: Aleena Howland (Casey Stalker), Adam Howland, Joshua Howland(wife Kenzie), and Jessica Pratt; five great-grandkids: Mason Stalker, Natalee and Nichole Pratt, and Payson and Cheston Howland; sisters Gail Petrone of Monroeville and Carol (John) Mayes of Kennerdell, and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Robert D. Montgomery. A private graveside funeral service was held and burial made at Eau Claire Cemetery on Tuesday morning, June 16, 2020. H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home of Eau Claire is assisting the family at this time of sorrow.
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