Jack Otto Montzka, 73, of Alexandria, formerly of Starbuck, passed away October 19 at Alomere Hospital in Alexandria. He was born on February 9, 1947 to Waldemar and Dorothy Montzka of Grey Eagle MN. After moving to Morris, Jack graduated from Morris high school in 1965 and received a degree in sales from Fergus Fall Junior College. Jack was a staff sergeant in the US Air Guards when he was introduced to Linda Croom by mutual friends in 1966. Jack and Linda wed the summer of 1969. Together they had two children: Tara and Jason.
Jack and Linda moved often during the first part of their marriage for his career in retail sales. He helped manage stores such as Woolworth, Ben Franklin, and Pamida. In 1982, he opened his own store, Pennywise Food & Fuel, in Cyrus. Following the closing of his store, he took to the road as a long haul trucker. After his retirement, Jack & LInda moved to Alexandria to retire on the lake. He and Linda spent several winters in the Alamo, TX area.
Jack enjoyed traveling, hunting, spending time with his family, and keeping in touch with friends from all of the places they lived. But his biggest passion was fishing. He instilled that love in his children and grandchildren.
Jack was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Alexandria.
Jack is survived by his wife, Linda, of 51 years, daughter Tara (Darren)Engelbrecht, son Jason (Jill)Montzka, six grandchildren: Hunter, Ethan, Gavin, Seth, Chayla & Landon, and one brother Carl (Lorna) Montzka. Along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers: Richard, Dale & Harold.
As per Jack’s wishes, there will not be a service. Instead the family will celebrate his life together.