Paul Thomas Montgomery

Beloved husband, father, brother and friend died peacefully at home in the presence of his wife and two children on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Paul was born on November 15, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Paul grew up in Pennsylvania, leaving school early to work on a farm until he enlisted in the Army in April of 1948. He spent time in Panama during his first years in service. Paul re-enlisted in 1951. Serving in the Korean War, he earned the Korean Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge and United Nations Service Medal. Among his most significant duty assignments were Medical Aidman, Med Co 33rd Infantry.

After an honorable discharge in 1954, Paul headed to California to find work and make a life among the civilian citizenry. He first found employment with Airstream Trailers, where he met his future wife, Helga K. Schubert and her family. They were married on March 24, 1956 and began a family soon after.

Paul and Helga had two children, Shirley Elizabeth and Danny Thomas. Paul and Helga were married for 66 years. They raised their family in La Mirada, California, where Paul worked for United Parcel Service, first as a package delivery driver and then hauling doubles from California to Arizona every day. He loved his work and stayed with United Parcel for 33 years, often sharing stories of his many adventures driving for a living.

Upon retiring, he and Helga moved to North Idaho in 1990, where they enjoyed the outdoors and traveled across the country together, visiting every state except Alaska and spending time in Canada as well.

Friends and neighbors knew him as funny and friendly; he loved to talk and to listen. He also loved model railroads and belonged to a local club that would participate in nearby county fairs by sharing their love of railroading by displaying their train layouts.

Paul will be missed by both family and friends. His wife and son continue to live in North Idaho and his daughter now lives in Southern Utah. They ask that those who wish to honor Paul with a charitable donation, do so by donating to either the Alzheimer's Association or Auburn Crest Hospice Services in Idaho. They also strongly encourage you to honor all combat veterans by thanking them for their service to country. Let us never forget their great sacrifice.

From Yates Funeral Home