|James Michael "Hippie" Montenaro, Jr., age 40 of Reeds Spring, Missouri died at 5:50 P.M. on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Reeds Spring, Missouri.
He was born on December 16, 1971 in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of James Michael and Eulaine Keffer Montenaro, Sr. He attended school at River Bend High School in Columbus, Ohio. He married Wendy Allen on November 19, 1994 in Oquawka, Illinois.
Surviving is a son, James Michael Allen Montenaro of Galesburg, Illinois and a daughter, Isabella Rene Montenaro of Galesburg, Illinois. His father, James Montenaro, Sr., of Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Tina (Kelly) Carson of Marysville, Ohio and Shayla Ferguson of Reed Springs, Missouri; one brother, Daniel K. Nelson of Oak Hill, West Virginia. His fiance' Peggy Erb of Reeds Spring, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his mother, grandparent and aunt, Billy Jo Hammontree.
He was a laborer working as a welder, construction, and boat fabricator. He was a member of the Deaf Club in Columbus, Ohio. He enjoyed Scuba Diving, golf, NASCAR and fishing. His children were his world.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville, Illinois. Cremation rites will be accorded. There will be no funeral services. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family in care of his children. On-line condolences or sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.