Steven "Monk" Lynn Montgomery

1954 - 2020

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Steven L. "Monk" Montgomery, 66, of Findlay passed away at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020 . He was born January 25, 1954 in Findlay to the late Earl and Kathleen (Waltz) Montgomery. He is survived by two daughters, Kelli Montgomery of Gulfport, FL, and Jenny Montgomery of; Granddaughter, Cydney Dysinger of Columbus; brother Gary of Atlanta, GA. Steve received his education from Findlay High School and The Ohio State University. Steve was the owner of the Barking Lot Veterinary Clinic for 4 decades. He is proud that he got to enjoy working for the best staff he ever had in his final years. Prior to that, in his early years Steve worked for UPS as a package car driver. During that time, he also taught Karate. At times he would take his advanced students away from the DOJO to work on guerilla warfare techniques and put them on his ninja workout stations. He always got a chuckle out of the new white belts asking when they would learn to break boards and bricks. His reply was "The first time you walk down a dark alley and get attacked by one, we will learn to break them." Steve was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of Mt. Cory Lodge #418, Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo and The Shriners. For many years Steve was a Shrine clown, working parades all over NW Ohio and the Shrine Circus in Toledo. His favorite parade was the Findlay Halloween parade where so many people he knew did not recognize him. Later he retired from the Clown unit to volunteer for the Roadrunners as a driver and also as their dispatcher. The roadrunner unit transports children and their parents free of any charges to the Shriners Hospitals. For Northwest Ohio, Steve dispatched the patients and drove the hospital vans to Chicago, IL, Erie, PA, Lexington, KY and the burn unit in Cincinnati, OH. When Steve retired from the Roadrunners, he had logged enough trips in miles that he was on his 7th trip around the world. In February 2012, Steve met the love of his life Lynette Snyder. Even though their plans were cut short, Steve cherished the years they enjoyed together. Arrangement are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. At Steve's request there will be no visitation. A Memorial Celebration of Life gathering will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago IL 60707 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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To : Family
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Luke Dysinger
My condolences to Steve's family. I am Cidney, his granddaughters father. I always liked and respected him.

To : Gary Lynette
Date :Sunday, February 9th 2020
From : Cindy Stechschulte Shoemaker
Gary - So sorry to hear about Steve. I never knew him as "Monk". Our nickname for him was "Gumball". All the cousins called him Gumball. Can't remember why - maybe because of his last name??? My favorite memory of Gumball is at Easter Grandma Waltz would put a bowl of colored Easter eggs in the middle of the kids table. Gumball would take the eggs and crack them on his head. We all laughed and thought that was so funny. Of course our parents didn't think this was funny! I think you were always sitting at the adult table. I knew Gumball transported children to Shriners Hospitals. I did not know he was a Shrine clown. What a very selfless and giving person he was! - Cindy

To : Lynnette
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Tina Markins
So sorry to hear about Steve! Thought and prayers are with the family and you Lynnette! Such a good hearted person!

To : Steve's familyLynette and daughter Kelli
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Reggie Dysinger Stahl
I hadn't seen Steve for many years but remember how warm and welcoming he was when ever I saw him. . So very happy that he found happiness and the love of his life in 2012 .

To : Kelly Cidney and Lynette
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Tim Adams
I am so sorry to hear about Steve. He was a long time family friend and my friend. Though I moved away and we lost touch I think of our time together as neighbors often. We had quite the time. A lot of laughs and adventures. I think God made us neighbors, to have each other, to help one another get through some tough times. He was more than a friend, he was like a brother. He was a mentor and a teacher to me professionally, as I was learning animal medicine for my job.

I remember once we went white water rafting in West Virginia with Doc and some friends. Steve and I shared a hotel room. He was so nervous he didn’t sleep AT ALL that night until about an hour before we left for the river. Then he snores so loud he woke himself up and said “let’s do this!” Once he was in the water you would have thought he rafted his entire life. He gave so much to others and never expected or ask for anything in return. I love ya brother. Take care of Bob up there, until I can come join ya.

Much respect and a lot of love;

To : Kelli
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Lori Hallows and family
My sincere condolences for your loss, Kelli. I have such great memories of growing up at your farm house, the pond, the barns and the kennel. Family is forever and you’ll always be mine. Many prayers coming your way.

To : Kelli and Lynette
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Jim Lydick
I'm very sorry for your lost . Me and Steve was very close friends and is a brother to me. I going miss him very much. We had some great time. My nephew Tyler like Steve too. I hope Lynette will want to in stay touch with me. I like her too. Kelli if want to you can text me too. I can remember you when was small.

To : Kelli
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : The Vergowvens
I am so sorry for the loss of your father Kelli. I have SO many memories of us as kids and at the pond. I remeber us kids playing upstairs in the house and just being cousins. I will always remember Steve walking around grandma and grandpas videorecording us at the holidays! Losing family is unimaginable and we are thinking of you! Xoxo

To : Jenny
Date :Monday, February 10th 2020
From : Peggy Huff Vickie Householder Deb McCoy Mark Huff
Thinking of you and your mom as you grieve the loss of your dad. We have you warmly in our hearts and prayers for comfort and strength.

To : Lynette
Date :Wednesday, February 12th 2020
From : Gary Montgomery
Lynette - Thank you for being such an important part of Steve's life. So Sorry you didn't have more loving years together. He will still be with you in ways you can't imagine.

To : Lyn Snyder
Date :Wednesday, February 12th 2020
From : Patricia Stelter McVetty
Lyn, I extend my sympathy, thoughts, prayers, and love to you and all of Steve's family. You two had such a great life together and I hope those memories will be a guiding light to you as you continue on.