Ricardo “Richie” Montalvo, 79, Rochester, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020, peacefully at home with family by his side after a declining health issue.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1940, in El Paso, Texas, the son of Salvador and Guadalupe (Rangel) Montalvo. Richie had many jobs in his lifetime. He was a machinist for over thirty years. He worked at Torrington, A.M. General, Bertran Products and retired from Bosch Industries in 2003. He was an avid golfer. In 1992, he won the Mishawaka Senior Metro Golf Tournament. He loved playing golf at the Round Barn Golf Course with his friends.
After a five year courtship, Richie and Suzie (Zwierzynski) Borton were married on Sept. 27, 1985. Almost forty years in a special loving and caring relationship. After Richie retired, a move from Mishawaka to Rochester was inevitable to live full time on Lake Manitou. Richie quickly made friends and met his golfing partner’s in crime. Richie was the most giving thoughtful husband, stern but loving father and loyal good friend to many. He was a handy-man of all trades; buildings, remodeling, landscaping, cooking, and creative mastermind of Boat Parades. (Covered wagon with two horses and a helicopter to name a few.) He was a cat whisperer, stray cats found their way to him and became house kitties. God and family came first with him. He will be deeply missed.
Richie is survived by his wife, Suzie Montalvo, Rochester; daughter, Tina (David) Roe, Rochester; son, Joseph Borton, South Bend; and grandson, Brendon (Sheridan) Roe, Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvador and Guadalupe Montalvo, son, Ricky Montalvo Jr., and a sister and many many furry friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, 1540 Wentzel Street, Rochester, Indiana, as he loved all animals.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Due to COVID-19, a memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.