Members of Richard Montgomery’s family and church congregation continue to mourn the death of the 56-year-old man who was killed Monday in an auto accident on Highway 2. Mr. Montgomery was driving with his 17-year-old son, William Wicker, when a minivan crossed the center line and hit his vehicle head on.
Mr. Montgomery and his wife, Dixie, worked as Christian missionaries in Haiti during the 1980’s. Following their return to Washington the couple dedicated themselves to raising children. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery raised 13 children through adoption and long term foster care in addition to their four biological children.
Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery were also original members of Cascade Community Church in Monroe. From the time Cascade opened eight years ago until the time of his death Mr. Montgomery was well-liked and respected by the congregation. Cascade’s lead pastor, Nick Hetinga, started a donation fund for the Montgomery family and donations from church members have been steady.
The influence that Mr. Montgomery had on other people’s lives is undeniable and the donations from Cascade Church members are a testament to his positive impact. However, these donations alone may not be enough to provide for Mr. Montgomery’s family. An attorney familiar with auto accidents and available insurance policies could aid the Montgomery family in their time of need.