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Leon C. Montroy Sr.


Funeral services for Leon C. Montroy Sr., age 92, of Ogdensburg, will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:00AM at Notre Dame Church with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:00AM with military honors. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Frary Funeral Home on 515 Caroline Street. Mr. Montroy passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at St. Josephs Nursing Home.

Leon is survived by his daughters, Helenč Montroy and long time companion, Phyllis Cairns, of Washington and Lecia Benowitz of New York City; a son, Leon Montroy Jr. and wife, Barbara (Ames), of Ogdensburg; four grandchildren, Troy Benowitz of Ogdensburg, Leon Montroy III and his wife, Brooke, of Mississippi, Kara Cushing and her husband, Frank, of Ogdensburg and Willow Wolftail Montroy of Washington; three step-grandchildren Chris Ames and his wife, Celia of California, Stacie Bertram and her husband, James and Nicole Thornhill and her husband, Craig, all of Ogdensburg; as well as ten great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Leon was born on July 13, 1921 on the Montroy farm in Fine, NY the son of Leo and Lena Montroy. He was the last survivor of nine children. Mr. Montroy attended school at Holy Cross in Ogdensburg. He married Edna LaLonde on September 6, 1941 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. A.D. Charbonneau officiating. She predeceased him on June 12, 2005 after 63 years of marriage. Leon entered the United States Air Force as a cook and was then transferred to the United States Army and was a Corporal on September 5, 1942 and proudly served until January 1, 1946 when he was honorably discharged. He saw extensive combat in the European Theater including the Battle of The Buldge. During his service he received the American Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal. Additionally, his unit was one of the first ones to come in contact with the Russian Army when Germany fell. The family has a picture of him shaking hands with a Russian soldier. Mr. Montroy worked as an attendant at Pilgrim State Hospital in Long Island before moving back to Ogdensburg. When returning he worked as a cook at the Old Ogdensburg Diner, Diamond National for 24 years, Sunoco Paper Products, then became a security guard at Mitel and later as a security guard at the Department of Social Services and at that time was recognized as the oldest full time Employee of St. Lawrence County – retiring at the age of 84.

Leon was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus member and received the honor of life membership. Leon was also a life member of the VFW.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Foundation – 950 Linden Street, Ogdensburg, NY.

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