Gary Lewis Montgomery, 71, Gallipolis, Ohio and Edgewater, Fla. passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 while in Florida.  Born December 30, 1945 in Gallipolis to the late James William and Ruby Mae White Montgomery.  He was preceded in death by a brother, James W. “Buddy” Montgomery Jr.

Gary retired as a criminal investigator.  He received his Associate Degree in Criminology at the age of fifty and later received an Associate Degree in Real Estate Management.  He served with the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam Era.  He was a member of the VFW #4464, American Legion #27, Gallipolis Elks Lodge #107 and the Retired Sheriff’s Association.

He is survived by his Wife Lynda Vance Cotton Montgomery of Gallipolis Ohio;  Daughters Winetta Mitscke (Rebecca Hill) of Mesa Arizona, Michelle Saylor of Mesa Arizona, Teresa Rickman of Sarasota Florida; Step Daughter Lori (Don) Byers of Alexandria Ohio, Step Son Jason Cotton of Columbus Ohio; eight Grandchildren, two Step Grandchildren, twenty Great Grandchildren; Sisters Sandy Thompson of Gallipolis Ohio and Connie (Dan) Vance of Gallipolis Ohio; Nephews Ryan Slone, Jamey (Alicia) Montgomery of Gallipolis Ohio; Great Nieces Morgan, Jillian, Madison, Hannah of Gallipolis Ohio; and Great Nephew Tristen Vance of Gallipolis Ohio.

Services will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Pastor Garland Montgomery officiating.  Burial will follow in the Centenary Cemetery with full Military Funeral Honors presented by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

An online guest registry is available at  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elk’s Scholarship Fund.