Bob Montooth - Putnam Sentinel

PALM SPRINGS, California — Robert Charles Montooth lost his battle to cancer on Thursday, December 14, 2017. “Celebration of Life” concerts and receptions will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 7 at the Jewish Community Center (332 W. Alejo Rd, Palm Springs, CA) and 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Turner Hall — the former First Presbyterian Church (206 N. High St, Columbus Grove, OH). Bob leaves behind his life partner and husband, Dean McDowell in Palm Springs.

Robert (Bob) was born March 18, 1946, to Wilhelmina (Rader) and John Montooth of Leipsic, who both preceded him in death. He had a brother, Jim, and sister, Barbara, (both deceased) and five nephews and six nieces. He graduated from Leipsic High School in 1964 and from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Music Education degree in 1968. While at Bowling Green he was an active member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi music and band fraternities. He became the instrumental music teacher at Columbus Grove Schools in June of 1968 and taught there for 30 years before retiring in February 1998.

Bob’s life was dedicated to making music and enriching others’ lives. While at Columbus Grove he developed a district, state and nationally award-winning marching band program that became the pride of Columbus Grove. He also helped direct the school musicals. Besides teaching music at Columbus Grove, he was an assistant director of General Putnam’s Men Drum and Bugle Corps, was active in community theaters in Lima, Columbus and Palm Springs, and helped start the LGBT band “Capitol Pride” in Columbus, Ohio. Bob loved being a tour guide for bands, choirs and orchestras around the globe for New Horizons Tour and Travel and Bob Rogers Travel, and he helped breathe new life into the Desert Winds Freedom Band in Palm Springs, California, as a board member for 11 years. Band, drum corps and parades were his life and though he couldn’t march, he played his sousaphone in a wheel chair in his last parade as recently as Nov. 3 and played his tuba in the Desert Wind’s fall concert on November 19th in Palm Springs. Bob also loved traveling and taking cruises and insisted on taking a scheduled cruise just 16 days before he passed even though he could no longer walk. He lived life to the fullest right up to the end.

Bob is being celebrated by hundreds of former students, teaching colleagues, tour directing colleagues, theatre cast members, community band members, friends and neighbors around the world. Everyone who knew him found his smile, laughter and dedication to the arts infectious.

Memorials can be made in his memory in care of the Desert Winds Freedom Band, tagged Educational Fund, PO Box 4732, Palm Springs, CA 92263-4732, The Capital Pride Band of Columbus, P.O. Box 8147, Columbus, OH 43201 or to the Columbus Grove Alumni Association, P.O Box 43, Columbus Grove, Ohio 45830 tagged with Bobs name in the memo line as a scholarship is being set up for Columbus Grove music students going on to major in instrumental music.