Arthur  Montemayor
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur Joseph Montemayor announce his passing on Sept. 1, 2019, at his home in Sierra Vista, Ariz., at the age of 98.
Arthur was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 23, 1921, to parents Arturo Ernesto Montemayor and Berta Urcullu.
The family later moved to San Antonio, Texas, during the difficult years of the Great Depression. Arthur worked as a newspaper delivery boy and teletype operator and then moved into personnel management in various roles throughout his civil service career.
He was a WWII veteran, having entered the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in the Signal Corps as a teletype operator at Kings Cliffe Army Air Base, England from 1943 to 1945.
Arthur met the love of his life, Julia May Howells, of Peterborough, England, while he was stationed at Kings Cliffe Airfield. He returned to the U.S. in 1945 on the Queen Elizabeth I ocean liner, which had been converted to a troop ship for the war. It was later returned to civilian use and was the ship that brought his dear wife Julie and son Michael from England to the U.S. in 1947.
Arthur retired from US Civil Service in 1977, after a 30-plus year career. His assignments took him from San Antonio, Texas, to Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Verona, Italy, to Frankfurt, Germany, and lastly to Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. where he retired as Civilian Personnel Officer at the fort.
Arthur was a resident of Sierra Vista since 1966, and loved exploring the beauty of southeastern Arizona, especially the Huachuca Mountains. Arthur, Julie and their five children were fortunate to travel extensively while stationed in Europe, and upon return to the U.S., Arthur and Julie continued to travel, visiting family and friends in the U.S., England, Spain, Belgium, France, Portugal and New Zealand. In retirement, Arthur devoted his life to his family and his wife of 74 years. He leaves a legacy of respect, honesty, integrity, gentleness, love, teaching by example, generosity, caring for one's family and the value of saving and spending wisely. Arthur and Julie lived modestly but lavished their family with love and were always there for their children.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 74 years, Julie; children Michael (Betsy), Roger (Cathy), Rebecca Montemayor Henderson, Renee Capanna (Marty) and Timothy (Dru); ten grandchildren - Aimee Speas, Michael and Matthew Montemayor, Emily and Benjamin Montemayor, Tracy Lucas, Robin Meir, Marcus and Julia Capanna, and Harvest Scott; eight great-grandchildren - Madeline, Max, Sophia, Crain, Jonathan, Emma Kate, Asher and Jonah; cousins Liz Hosny (Zaki), Laura Washburn (Jay), and Mark Hosny (Angela); sisters-in-law Estela Montemayor and Graciela Jordan; niece Rosalinda Chaney, and nephews Miguel Montemayor and Diego Montemayor; and many other cousins.
He was preceded in death by his dear brother Ernest A. Montemayor and sister Gloria Rene Gomez.
Arthur will be interred at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 1300 Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that a donation be made to any well-known, nationally or internationally recognized organization that provides relief to needy, hungry and poor children.
Published on September 19, 2019

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