Gerry “Gary” Montgomery has been in funeral service since 1976, starting right out of high school. He attended the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) and graduated with honors from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.
1975 graduate of South High School; attended pre-mortuary science classes at the former University of Southern Colorado, now Colorado State University-Pueblo; graduated with honors from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1979.
Former chairman of the board and emeritus member of Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care.
Former board member Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation and KTSC Advisory board. Former board member and bulletin editor of the Pueblo Charter Lions Club.
Member of CSU-Pueblo President’s Club, Pueblo Charter Lions Club, Southern Colorado Community Foundation, Pueblo Downtown Association, Pueblo Greater Chamber of Commerce, premier member of Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo County Historical Society, Bessemer Historical Society, Pueblo German Club, National Funeral Directors Association, Rosemount Museum, Pueblo’s exclusive member in both the Selected Independent Funeral Homes and the International Order of the Golden Rule.
Established the Grief Support Library at Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care
Provides funding for Pueblo Choral Society, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Buell Children’s Museum, Pueblo Municipal Band, Pueblo Zoological Society, Broadway Theatre League, Rosemount Museum and Center Stage.
Gerry & Dian have been actively involved with the Vineland United Methodist Food Booth at the Colorado State Fair since 2015. To honor those who serve and protect our country and uphold law and order in our community, Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors provides active military and first responders free meals at the Vineland United Methodist Food Booth.
Many other community organizations and events over the years.
Awards and achievements –
1999 – Exemplary Service Award from Order of Golden Rule
1999 – 2000 Lion of the year
2000 – Anne Sullivan Award and Melvin Jones Fellow Award (For dedicated humanitarian services)
2001 – Outstanding American Achievement award in 2001 from USC for exceptional service to and support of higher education
2003-2004 – Lion of the year award
2004 – From Keep Pueblo Beautiful, the Ingrid Ahlberg Good Citizens Award
In 2006, from the Pueblo Downtown Association, Shining Star Award
In 2006, Montgomery & Steward was awarded the Pueblo Chieftain Readers’ Choice Award
In 2007, Chieftain Critics Choice “Angel of the Year”award
2007 – 2008 International Presidents Certificate of Appreciation from Lions Club
In 2008, Excellence in Family Service Award from Order of Golden Rule
In 2012, Montgomery & Steward was awarded The National Philanthropic Outstanding Small Business Award
In 2015, inducted into the South High School Hall of Fame
In 2016, inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame
In 2018, The Downtowner Award from the Pueblo Downtown Association