Governor Sean Parnell has ordered state flags to be lowered to half-staff Thursday in honor of former Alaska Representative Joe Montgomery. Montgomery died on October 5th at the age of 95.
According to the governor’s office, Montgomery arrived in Alaska on a steamship in the early 1940s. He served as a B-17 pilot during World War II and later worked for the Anchorage School District. After retiring from education, he was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, serving from 1980 to 1984.
Montgomery was preceded in death by his wife, Ebba. He is survived by his daughters, Julie and Marilyn Jo.