The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 14, 2013

Ralph E. Montgomery

Star Beacon

WAYNE — Ralph E. Montgomery, age 84, died on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Orwell, Ohio.

He was born on June 14, 1929, in Meisenheimer, N.C., a son of Mittie (Cruse) and Sam Jones Montgomery. Formerly of Ashtabula, Ohio, Ralph was a Wayne resident for the past twenty years.

He was an inspector and industrial X-ray technician for Pittsburgh DesMoines Steel Company of Pittsburgh and previously worked for Cannon Mills of North Carolina.

On June 23, 1984, he married Ruth Ann (Hawkins) Belz. Ralph was a member of the Maton's Grove Methodist Church in North Carolina and attended the Wayne First Congregational Church. He was also a member of the Boiler Makers Union in Pittsburgh, Pa. Ralph enjoyed restoring antique cars, going hunting and was a fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; two step-sons, Gary Belz and Dane Cook; three brothers, James, Sam and Robert Montgomery; and four sisters, Doris Morgan, Mary "Chic" Varnadore, Ruth Jenkins and Mildred Stewart.

Survivors include his wife of twenty-nine years, Ruth Ann Montgomery of Wayne, Ohio; two daughters, Vicki (Lonnie) Reavis of Salisbury, N.C. and Melynda Montgomery of Glorieta, N.M.; a son, Mason Montgomery of Ashtabula, Ohio; four step-sons, Bryan Cook of Ashtabula, Ohio, David (Barbara) Belz of Olympia, Wash., William (Christina) Belz of Conneaut, Ohio and Michael (Tracy) Belz of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a sister, Gean Holsapple of Blairsville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Regina, Cody, AJ, Bob and Alex; and two great-grandchildren, Makayla and Grant.

A Funeral Service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15th, at BAUMGARDNER FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICE, 134 Prospect St., Andover, Ohio, with Pastors Bob and Lori Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in Hayes Cemetery in Wayne, Ohio.

Calling Hours will be from 11 a.m. until time of Service, Friday, at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wayne First Congregational Church, 3222 State Route 322, Williamsfield, Ohio 44093 or to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.

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