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Tags: Alfred Montano, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Infantry Regiment
Alfred Montano (known by his many friends as Mr. Al) went to the Lord to join his wife Elaine and his sons, Gene and Elvin Montano, on Feb. 21, 2013. Alfred was born in Weston, Colo., on May 2, 1927. He was raised in the areas of Divide, Monument, and Cripple Creek, Colo. He was raised by his mother, Nellie Montano, and his stepfather, Ignacio Montano, and his grandparents. Mr. Al had four sisters and one brother.
On June 28, 1945, at the age of 18 he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 29 Infantry Regiment. During his duty he was stationed in Germany and Denmark. He received the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After his honorable discharge on Dec. 17, 1946, he went back home to Colorado Springs, to be near his family.
Al married Norma Wardlow after his discharge from the Army. They later divorced; two daughters were born from this union. Two years later, he met Elaine Sayers and they were married on Nov. 28, 1953, at Raton, N.M., and resided at Black Forest, Colo. In 1955 they moved from Colorado Springs to Fruita and established roots there. In 1961 they moved out of town to raise their family, farm and raise cattle, while working in town to support the family and farm.
Al started his working career in the valley at Standard Recap Tire that was located on 1st and North in 1955 and then he went to work as a freight truck driver for Rio Grande Motor Way. He worked for them for 28 years until they closed; he then went to work for C.D. Smith Co. He drove for them for eight years until he retired in 1982. Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, farming, and woodworking/crafts. He was known for his great personality and practical jokes to his many friends and family.
Alfred is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Elaine (2006); two sons, Gene (1990) and Elvin (2012); his parents; and two sisters. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Dunnington of Fruita, Alfreda Benson of Continental Divide N.M., Connie Myers of Colorado Springs, and Marilyn Reed of Magnolia Texas; two sisters, Tillie Jackson of Delta, Marion Mitchell of Colorado Springs, and a brother Joe Montano of Calhan. Al was blessed with 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, as well as many wonderful friends in the Fruita and Grand Junction area.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice Palliative Care of Grand Junction or to the Disabled Veterans in care of the Veterans Hospital. Al’s memorial service was held at Memorial Gardens on Friday, March 1, 2013, in the mausoleum.