Kermit Montabon, 80, of Gleason, passed away Friday August 10, 2012 at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
He was born July 25, 1932 in Gleason to the late Antone & Lillian (Wedler) Montabon. On May 16, 1960 he and Alberta “Sue” Oldenburg were united in marriage.
Kermit attended Axen Grade School, and was a graduate of Merrill High School. He went on to attend the University of Stevens Point to study forestry. He served with the U.S. Army Corps during the Korean War. He was a member of the Gleason Lions Club which he and his wife helped organize, where he had been the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was also a member of the VFW. Kermit had worked for 18 years as a parts department supervisor for Ford Motor Company in Illinois. He then moved to Gleason where he and Sue purchased the bowling alley from his father. Kermit owned and operated the bowling alley for 30 years until he sold the business in 2000. While he owned the bowling alley, he also worked as a rural route mail carrier until his retirement. Kermit enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing and hunting. He had a special place in his heart for Great Danes and Cocker Spaniels and enjoyed caring for his house.
Survivors include his wife: Sue, Gleason; children: Suzanne Montabon, Las Vegas, and Bill Montabon, Gleason; grandson: Kevin Montabon, Spokane, WA; brother: Francis and Barbara Montabon, Gleason; sister: Beverly Shielke; and nieces and nephew: Kim, Beth Ann, and Craig. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Robert Montabon.
Services will be held 1 PM Monday, August 13, 2012 at Luther Memorial Church in Gleason. Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of service Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.