Richard E. Montis was born in Pataskala Ohio, on December 13, 1929 to Donald and Margaret Montis.
He grew up in Pataskala and was graduated from Pataskala High School in 1947. He was accomplished in his academic studies which included the study of Latin mathematics and rhetoric. In addition to his academic achievements, he exceled at basketball and football.
Following graduation, he went to work as a mechanic where he honed his technical skills which would eventually allow him to start a career at Litton Industries in San Carlos, California. During the Korean War, he served as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy with an MOS in fire suppression aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (CV/CVA-31) Aircraft Carrier.
After serving in the Navy, he married Alice DeSalles on October 11th, 1953. They had five children, Deborah, Donald, Deanna, David and John, whom they raised in Santa Clara, California with one year spent in Etna, Ohio, Newark California, and Loyalsock, Pennsylvania. Directly following the war, Richard began a lifelong career at Litton Industries while going to night school. He earned certificates in technical studies. For his entire career, Richard worked for Litton with most of his career spent in the production of highly specialized advanced technical equipment that was used in missile guidance. He started as an assembler of microwave units, rose to the level of bench engineer and finally Richard was not only an accomplished productions supervisor, he was also a master woodworking artisan. He created unique wood designs for home and business. He was a stickler to detail and his famous multi-infused colorful wood salt and pepper grinders were sought after by many culinary enthusiasts with a love of beauty and function. He and his wife Alice, welcomed people to their home and with Alice being “a fine cook” shared their love of great tasting food and spirited conversation.
Richard was a family man. He was devoted to Alice for 64 years. His children have fond memories traveling with them from California to Ohio seeing the sites of the wonderful country they both loved. Richard was a man of many interests. He loved interacting with people from all over the world with his HAM radio. He enjoyed reading, playing billiards, golf and doing the Williamsport crossword puzzle.
Richard died quietly in his sleep on May 24, 2019. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Slothus and her husband Robert; by his son Donald and his wife Ellen; Deanna Golden and her husband Kim: John and his wife Sherry; David and his wife Candace; and ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister, Virginia Miller of Massilon, OH and brother John (Eldora) Montis of Pataskala, OH, and his cousin and best buddy, Dean (Ann) Ramsey of Pataskala, OH.
If anyone ever lived a full and good life, it was Ricard. He was an accomplished and caring man. We are so thankful that he has been a part of our lives.
The funeral service will be Wednesday, May 29, at 1:00pm at Spitler Funeral Home. A viewing will be before the service from 12:30-1:00. The interment will be private in Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Loyalsock Ambulance Service, 715 Northway Rd., Williamsport, PA 17701
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