Robert L. Montgomery 96, WWII vet, Hamilton Club member and J.L. Clark retiree

By on March 19, 2014

Robert L. Montgomery, 96, of Lititz, died at his residence Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Edna M. Gorner Montgomery and was married to Anna Mary Walker, who died in 1975, and Ernie Abbott, who died in March of 2007.

He graduated from Lancaster Boys’ High School in 1935 and started with Liberty Can & Sign Company, later joining the U.S. Navy serving during the WWII as petty officer 1st class. Upon returning to civilian life and Liberty Can & Sign Co., he worked in the material control section until Liberty Can & Sign Co. was purchased by J.L. Clark Manufacturing Co. in 1955. He continued in charge of the material control section and was assigned the additional duties of purchasing agent, and later made Director of Purchases as well as Administrative Assistant to the Plant Manager of the Lancaster Plant. Served as Acting Plant Manager of the Lancaster Plant since 1967 during any absences of the Plant Manager. During the year 1969, divided time between the Lancaster Plant and newly acquired Baltimore Plant, serving the latter in an administrative and procedural advisory capacity. Has been involved in Labor Relations at both the Lancaster and Baltimore (later Havre de Grace) Plants and was assigned position of Assistant Plant Manager of the Lancaster Plant in July of 1971. On March 25, 1972, was appointed a Divisional Vice President of J.L. Clark Manufacturing Co. of Rockford, Illinois, and General Manager of its Lancaster Division. Also was elected to the Board of Directors of J.L. Clark Manufacturing Co. on March 26, 1977. Bob retired in 1981 after forty-five and a half years of service.

He was a member of the following organizations: Lancaster Purchasing Management Club, Board of Directors of Lancaster County Junior Achievement, Board of Directors of the Lancaster Area Manufacturers’ Association and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of Lancaster County United Way and Vice-Chairman for the United Way Campaign, Board of Directors of Fulton Bank, Lancaster PA Lodge No. 134, Meadia Heights Golf Club, thirty-nine years at the Hamilton Club and Lancaster Rotary Club since 1975. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Reformed Church which later became Church of the Apostles where he had perfect attendance and served as Deacon and on the Stewardship Committee.

He is survived by a daughter Vickie Sue, wife of Roger L. Eberly of Ephrata; a granddaughter: Janice Eberly of Ephrata; a nephew: Cameron Billmyer of Berwyn; and sister-in-law: Mary Jane Montgomery of Neffsville.

He was preceded in death by his brother, William P. Montgomery, who died in 1983.

Services were held March 18 at Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, with Reverend Kathryn Kuhn officiating. Interment in RiverviewBurialPark. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to Rotary Club of Lancaster Foundation, P.O. Box 1387, Lancaster, PA17604 or to Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA17603.

Online condolences may be posted at Arrangements entrusted to The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Lancaster.



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