Donald Leon Montgomery


Donald “Don” Leon Montgomery, 91, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away January 22nd, 2024. Graveside services will be held February 9th, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. at the Higginsville Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri with a Celebration of Life following at the First Baptist Church, Oak Grove, Missouri.

Don was born April 15th, 1932 in Greenfield, Missouri to Troy and Sarah Montgomery. Following graduation Don joined the United States Navy and served from 1952 to 1956. During his service he was united in marriage to Peggy (Hartley) Montgomery on December 21st, 1954. After his discharge from the Navy they moved to Independence, Missouri to raise their family. Don loved hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. Don taught himself to play multiple instruments by sound and loved Bluegrass music. He made lifelong friends with many musicians and Bluegrass fans. He played Bass Fiddle with the Bluegrass Association and Fiddle with the Bluegrass Brigade. Don was a member of the First Baptist Church in Oak Grove, Missouri.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and one grandchild (Troy Montgomery). He is survived by his wife Peggy, sons Tim (Linda) Montgomery, Dan (Diane) Montgomery, Mark (Lynn) Montgomery, and daughter Patty (Bob) Richardson, grandchildren Sarah Hughes, David Montgomery, Danny Richardson, Anna Kirk, Amy Pinyan, Bryan Montgomery, Rebecca Montgomery, Jessica Dudenhoeffer, Julia Thompson, Brad Montgomery and 14 great grandchildren.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity in Don’s name.

“They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green” – Psalm 92:14


  1. Terra Silva on January 26, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your husband and father. He was such a nice man and I remember him playing the fiddle and enjoyed that so much.

  2. Joel Bowerman on January 26, 2024 at 6:59 pm

    We love you guys. ??

  3. Joel Bowerman on January 26, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    We love you guys. ??

  4. Beth Reed on January 26, 2024 at 8:20 pm

    I didn’t know he learned to play on his own!! I know he read his Bible everyday. He read even when camping. Such a great example of a man that shined God to all!!

  5. Delores Brogan on January 27, 2024 at 3:35 pm

    Enjoyed so many good times with Don and Peggy

  6. Kris Christensen on January 27, 2024 at 9:13 pm

    Oh! No more hugs! I’m so sorry for your loss but this is not “goodbye”, it’s just “see ya there”. Much love, Kris Christensen

  7. Ruth Allen on January 27, 2024 at 9:57 pm

    Praying for comfort and peace on the loss of your father Patty and family.

  8. Ordella Williams on January 30, 2024 at 10:00 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss I really am gonna miss Don he was a joy to take care of. He kept a smile on our faces and laughter in our hearts. From his team at the groves.

  9. Nancy Powell on January 30, 2024 at 11:58 am

    To Mark, Lynn and Family, may memories bring you comfort in this time of loss.

  10. AJ Byrd on January 30, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    Mark, your father has to be a Great Man to have raised a good man such as you.
    AJ Byrd

  11. Sharon Scroggs Eikel on February 4, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    Don played Bluegrass with my Dad, Joe Scroggs. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  12. Julie Edward's Gimlin on February 5, 2024 at 12:31 am

    I was Don’s little clog dancer at Silver Dollar City. He would play my favorite fiddle tunes for me to dance to. He was very kind and always had a smile. Heaven will be filled with his music.

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