Richard Anthony Montano

Richard Anthony Montano

February 07, 1947 - April 05, 2010

Richard Anthony Montano

February 07, 1947 - April 05, 2010


Richard Anthony Montano was born in Los Angeles, California on February 7, 1947 to David and Alice. He was the 3rd of seven children. He attended St. Anthony’s grade school, and graduated from Gardena High School, where he played football and baseball.

On August 1, 1967, he enlisted in the United States Army. After boot camp, he was deployed to Vietnam and was part of the 25th Infantry ‘Tropic Lightning’ Division. While there, he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant, and bravely led and protected many other soldiers. He was shot three times, and in return, received three Purple Heart medals. He also received the very honorable Bronze Star medal on July 22, 1969 for his acts of heroism. Finally, on July 31, 1969, after two brave years of service, he was honorably discharged, and was sent home.

About one year later, he married his first wife, Jeri, and on July 23, 1975, he became a proud father to his son, Joey. Then, just 13 short months later, on August 14, 1976, his daughter, Lisa, was born, and his life was complete.

In February 1990, he met his soul mate, Sharon, and was married on September 8th of the same year. They spent 19 wonderful years together. When they weren’t frequenting the local Indian Gaming establishments, they were jet setting to Las Vegas, New York, Hawaii, Alaska, and Acapulco. But, their most joyous times were spent with their loving families.

His most recent pleasure and joy came from spending time with his beautiful grandson, Michael Jett. Though they only had one short year together, Michael was the sparkle in his ‘Gampa’s’ eye, and he will always be ‘Gampa’s Boy.’

Richard will always be remembered for his gentle touch, his generous heart, his Homer Simpson-like stories, and his uncanny ability to put a smile on every and anyone’s face. He will always hold a place in the hearts of all who knew him.

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69 responses to Richard Anthony Montano

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  1. Hi Darlin’, Can you believe we just had our 25th anniversary?! Michael and Ava are getting so big. They give me so much joy, I wish we could share it. Ava would have you wrapped around her little pinky (like the rest of us)… you would be helping Michael practice baseball. Thank you for your love, your friendship, your prayers. I miss you Baby. God surely Blessed me with you. Always and forever, I love you

  2. gloria says:

    Each year my brother I come to visit this page and read and ponder all the beautiful memories we shared. All the love from family and friends. It still is a very deep hurt that I live with daily. I see your picture here on my desk along with mom and dad daily. I carry one in my wallet and talk to you daily. Your grandkids are getting older and I am sure hear many stories of their grandpa. I have never written on your wall but tonight was so deep in thought of you I just needed to write. I miss you so much and looking forward to see my beautiful brother. I love you Ricardo.XO.
    Forever and always,
    your sister gloria

  3. Stan says:

    Stan Montano

    1. Stan says:

      I will always remember all the trips and crazy things we did together. I miss you a lot. I love bro.

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