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Louis J. Montelone

Louis J. Montelone Louis J. Montelone, born February 25, 1924 in Albany, NY, passed away January 21, 2018 at Via Christi Village, Manhattan, KS. Mr. Montelone was married for 62 years to the late Mary E. “Betty” Montelone. They are survived by their children, Beth A. Montelone of Manhattan, KS and Joseph R. Montelone and his wife Priscilla of South Bethlehem, NY, as well as their grandson, Christopher J. Montelone of South Bethlehem, NY. Mr. Montelone was predeceased by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters, who lived in the vicinity of Ravena, NY.

Mr. Montelone attended Ravena High School in Ravena, NY, where he was a star athlete in several sports as well as president of both his class and the student council. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, in which he served during the duration of World War II as a radar operator in the Signal Corps, stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Technician 4th Grade (Sergeant equivalent) in 1946.

Mr. Montelone used his GI Bill benefits to complete his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Springfield College in Springfield, MA, in 1950. Following his graduation, he was hired by his home school district, then Ravena-Coeymans Schools, to teach health and physical education across the district. He soon met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Weir, who was employed as a school nurse-teacher in the district, and they were married in 1952. Mr. Montelone completed work for his master’s degree in education in four summers at Columbia University in New York City in the early 1950’s. He taught at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools until 1982 and coached many sports, most notably boys’ JV basketball and varsity football. He also created ways to highlight student-athletes in other fields such as gymnastics in annual exhibitions. He was active in the RCS Men’s Association, which promoted school athletics, and participated in league bowling for many years.

The Montelones made their home in Ravena, NY, in a house built by Lou and family members, for 34 years, where he worked summers in the family construction business and had a large vegetable garden. Lou and Betty moved to Spanish Lakes Golf Village in Port Saint Lucie, FL upon his retirement. Lou took up golf in his retirement and was active in the Italian-American and Billiard Clubs at the Golf Village.

The Montelones moved to Via Christi Village assisted living in Manhattan, KS, in 2015 to be closer to their daughter. Lou enjoyed following K-State Wildcat sports during his time in Manhattan.

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There will be no public service in Kansas; a memorial service will be held in the Ravena area at a later date. A memorial has been established at the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. In lieu of flowers, donations In Memory of Louis Montelone, Fund # 61680, can be sent to the KSU Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502-2911 or left with Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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