RAYMOND — Monte Ralph McGough passed away peacefully at his home in Raymond Washington on November 30, 2017. Monte was born in Ilwaco, Washington on September 29, 1953, to Ralph and Marie McGough. The McGough family lived in Rosburg, Washington and Nachotta, Washington where the family spent many hours beachcombing, digging clams on the ocean beach and hunting on the west side of the Willapa Bay. Monte’s father was a schoolteacher so summers and most weekends were spent at the beach where the family operated a summer business with a beach museum and a gift shop.
Monte attended the Grays River Grade School and graduated from Naselle High School. Following graduation Monte served in the Army in many locations. Monte married his life’s true love Janet (Olmstead) McGough and raised a family while living in the Grays River area and working in the woods. Monte could always be described as extremely loyal and a very hard worker and made many friends throughout his life.
Monte loved his family more than anything and spending time playing pinochle at family gatherings always made him happy. He was a gifted piano player and wood carver. He also enjoyed clam digging.
Monte is survived by his son, Ron (Sheila) of Raymond; daughters, Melody Peterson (Eric) of Carnation and Stephanie Huber (Wade) of Renton; grandchildren, Samantha, Katelyn, Evan, Lauryn and Wyatt. He also leaves a brother, Tom McGough (Cindy) of Raymond. Monte had several loving nieces and nephews who he was very close to including Gail Gardner and Shane (Heidi) Gardner of Vancouver, children of his sister, Kathy who preceded him to Heaven and Chris (Sandy) McGough and Tammy Dorn (Chris) of Olympia. He also had grand nieces and nephews and extended family with whom he was always close.
A celebration of Monte’s life will be held at the Raymond Elks Lodge #1292 at 326 3rd Street at 1 p.m. on December 30, 2017.
Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Washington. You may visit www.StollersMortuary.com to leave condolences for the family.