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John B. Montoya

Obituary
  • "Connie ~ I was saddened to learn of your father's passing...."
    - Miquela Rivera

JOHN B. MONTOYA John B. Montoya, age 97, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away on Saturday, February 15th, 2014. He was born February 28th, 1916 in Flagstaff, AZ. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 74 years, Rosa M. Montoya and son-in-law Tony Lujan. He is survived by his daughters Christina Lujan, Connie Archuleta (Rudy); Grandchildren Richard Lujan (Michelle Nolting), John Lujan (Lorie Pacheco), Roberta Lujan, Phillip Archuleta (Suzanne), Leon Archuleta, Alicia Archuleta, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John was a 1936 graduate of St. Michael's High School, and was active in sports. He was a WWII Veteran with the Ordinance Department attached to the Air Force in ETO and attained the rank of Tech Sgt. In 1945. After serving his country, he worked as a salesman with Charles Illfield Co. as a grocery salesman until 1960. In 1970 he started selling hardware for the Amarillo Hardware Company for the northern part of N.M. and CO until his retirement in 1980. He was an active parishioner of St. Francis Cathedral and managed the St. Francis School Bingo for many years. He was on the S. F. Senior Citizen's Bd. of Directors and a longtime member of La Union Protectiva. We will always remember John's wonderful sense of humor and kind, gentle heart. We would like to thank Rose and Joe Babcock of La Vida Hermosa and staff for the loving care they gave our father. A Rosary for John will be recited at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Thursday, February 20th at 10:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Reception will follow. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, February 21 at 9:00 AM. Serving as Pallbearers will be Richard Lujan, John Lujan, Phillip Archuleta, Leon Archuleta, Derrick Herrera and Gabriel Archuleta. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Feb. 19, 2014
Funeral Home
Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
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