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Michael John Montgomery, 81, of Elkhart passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by his sons. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd), with a graveside service immediately following at Elkhart Cemetery.

Mike was born on September 8, 1938 in Des Moines, Iowa to Genieve (Dalgliesh) Montgomery. He was a 1946 graduate of Des Moines Technical High School and an avid Boy Scout and Explorer.

On November 30, 1968, he married Dixie Ann Nichols.

Mike spent most of his career at MidAmerican Energy where he supervised crews who installed hundreds of miles of natural gas pipe in central, southern, and western Iowa. He retired in 1995.

Mike very generously offered his time to his family and his community. He served on the Windsor Heights Volunteer Fire Department for many years. When his sons were growing up, he coached their soccer teams. His service to the Boy Scouts continued as a Den Leader, Pack Committee Member, Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, member of the Order of the Arrow, and Commissioner. His association with the Boy Scouts spanned 65 years.

He was a very active member of the Valley Band Boosters. He was the co-designer and builder of the first Valley Marchmasters band trailer. Over the years, so many Marchmasters (including his children and grandchildren) have benefited from his efforts – the uniform racks he created are still in use today more than 30 years later.

Mike will be remembered always by his sons, Terry (Michelle) of West Des Moines and Tim of Elkhart; and grandchildren, Sarah and Nicholas Montgomery. He was preceded in death by his mother, Genieve; his wife, Dixie; his aunt, Isabelle Dalgliesh; and brothers, Terry and Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Band Boosters.