Monty J. Tarr

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Monty J. Tarr

May 01, 1948 - October 08, 2018

CATLIN - Monty Jay Tarr, 70, of Catlin, Ill., passed away at 12:06 a.m. October 8, 2018, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center.
He was born May 1, 1948, in Peoria, Ill., to Wilber James and LaVern Victorine Tarr (nee Dollet).
He graduated from Bradley University with a B.A. in International Studies in 1970, and married Patrice Lynne McClellan on June 12 of the same year.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Ellen (Mark Wieneke) Tarr of Rockford, Yvonne Tarr of St. Louis, and Jay (Elizabeth) Tarr of Indianapolis. Pat and Monty have one grandchild, Dean Tarr (Jay and Elizabeth). He is survived by two sisters, Phronise (Jerry) Hart and Shelley Damitz, as well as five nieces and nephews, Jim (Jane) Hart of Florida, Jeri (Tony Warneke) Hart of St. Louis, Blake (Teri) Hart of Peoria, Cassi (Rich) Hart of Texas, and Michelle Damitz of Wisconsin. He is preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Jimmy.
He was an employee of Hyster for 28 years as a marketing manager in the Latin American Operations division. Monty will be remembered for his love of cars, cooking (Christmas without caramels isn't the same), and most of all, his family and friends.
Family services at First Presbyterian Church of Danville with Pastor Ann Schwartz officiating. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service details.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders or First Presbyterian Church of Danville. Online condolences at
Published on October 8, 2018
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Marco Flores from Mexico
Oct 11, 2018
Monty fue un gusto haberte conocido, fuiste una Gran Persona que disfruté tu platica,tu compañía y muy buenos momentos, ya nos veremos.
Mis condolencias a tu familia por tu partida.
Mary Kay (Sweikar) Hamer
Oct 11, 2018
Pat, Our condolences to you and your family. I did not know Monty, but I'm sure he was a fine man. Phil and I will keep you in our prayers.
Art Langrish
Oct 11, 2018
I was much saddened to hear of Monty's passing. He was a true gentleman, who earned respect for his professionalism and kindness.
Like so many, I caught the vintage Saab bug from him.......a wonderfully satisfying addiction.
Rest happily while you wait for us to join you Monty.
Alexandre van Meerbeke
Oct 10, 2018
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Clara Antonia Leon M.
Oct 10, 2018
Dear Pat and family,
One of the best memories of my “working life” was met Monty. From him I learned about the forklift world and most of all we had fun working together. So many stories are coming back to my mind now.
My condolences to you Pat and your loving ones.
Gerry Egland
Oct 10, 2018
Mr Saab A good guy and friend RIP Monty
Gustavo Maack and Veronica
Oct 10, 2018
Dear Pat and Family .
Please aceept our condolences .We have great memeories of him and great time shared ,car trip to Costa Rica passing the mountains fromPanama and the big strawberry cake we both ate.Just couple days ago going through pictures some popped up of Monty and you in our home while in Danville.He will always remain in our hearts

Gustavo and Veronica
Gustavo Maack and Veronica
Oct 10, 2018
Dear Pat and Family .Sadly surprised With Monty passing.

Please accept our condolences and we will remember always him and as things are just few days ago some pictures of you and him poped up when we lived in Danville,remembering great times.

Gustavo and Veronica
Michael Richard
Oct 10, 2018
In October, 1973 Monty was gazing out the window of the little brick International Operations office (Meyers St). What caught his attention was a '61 Morris Minor pulling up front. The new Int'l service rep hire presented himself. When Monty found out I was a conservative Republican he couldn't believe I would be caught dead in a foreign car. Despite our differences we became the best of friends and cars were the glue. I ended up with (3) SAAB 95 wagons (all at the same time) because of Monty. He donated (loaned) his 1960 Saab Monte Carlo to the SAAB museum in Trollhattan, Sweden where it rests today, complete with Illinois license plate and a plaque with Monty's MO on it. Dear friend will missed, PAT.Read more
Lee Flegel
Oct 10, 2018
I had moved on from Hyster Company when I met Monty on a trip. He was a joyful presence, knowledgeable on so many topics and always fun to be with. Our paths crossed many times. What a wonderful man. Pat, condolences. Seven decades seems inordinately short. My heart is with you and Monty's closest loved-ones.
Oct 10, 2018
To Pat and the rest of the Tarr family; as you know, Monty was a very close friend of mine for 35 years and taught me a lot about what I know about cars and life. There are just too many memories to share here, but he was a true friend and a great person. He will be greatly missed.
Edwin Pentz
Oct 10, 2018
Monty...hacia donde vayas, lo haras con la alegria y el carino que siempre entregaste.
gracias por tus ensenanzas en Hyster y convicciones en la vida.
Recibe un abrazo y descansa en paz.
Desde Chile, South America.
Oct 10, 2018
I have the best memories from Monty in Hyster-Colombia. Just to say, best regards to your Family and friends,
Dave and Brenda Hoehn
Oct 09, 2018
Pat, very sorry to learn about Monty's passing. He was my mentor in many ways, at Hyster and with my Triumph Spitfire and so much more. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.