Ronald L. Montavon

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MENDOTA - Ronald Louis Montavon, 82, of Mendota died Sept. 20, 2018 at his home.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at Holy Cross Church, Mendota with Rev. Gregory Jarzombek officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

Ronnie was born Feb. 9, 1936 in Sublette to Frederick and Dorothy (Hoerner) Montavon. He married Ruth A. Engels on Aug. 17, 1963.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Larry (Marlina) Montavon of Arizona, Mark (Nancy) Montavon of Amboy and Douglas (Rhonda Linn) Montavon of Wisconsin; one daughter, Cindy (Bryan) Lestico of New Hampshire; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert (Lavonne) Montavon, Dennis (Tracey) Montavon and Kevin (Debbie) Montavon; and one sister, Kay (Bob) Colemane.

He was preceded in death by one son, Garry and one daughter, Rhonda Roxann.

Ronnie spent the first part of his life as a farmer in West Brooklyn. He ran the family dairy business after his father passed away and was a crop farmer. In the early 1980s, he decided it was time for a career change and moved to Minnesota where he became a carpenter and began a home construction business. He then moved on to supervising the construction of senior housing projects in several states. When he finally hung up his working hat, he and Ruth retired to Florida. Most recently they relocated back to Mendota.Ronnie loved fishing and always had a story to tell about his fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota. He had a great sense of humor and was quite the jokester. He enjoyed spending time visiting with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love for home cooked food, sweets, dancing, cards, and his contagious smile. Ronnie was a talker and enjoyed speaking to anyone. Most of all he loved his family to the end.

Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.