CATO — Verne Montana, 63, of Cato, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Verne was born in Auburn, the son of the late Lester Montana and Lena DeLyser Montana.

He was a self-employed farmer in the town of Conquest, as well as an AI technician. He had a passion for woodworking, hunting, music and traveling. Verne also had an interest in researching his family lineage over the years, even connecting with distant relatives abroad. He was an avid collector of antique John Deere tractors and enjoyed driving his 1953 red Chevy truck.

He was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his kids and grandchildren. He dedicated over 30 years volunteering his time in the community and was an assistant chief and lifetime member of the Cato Volunteer Fire Department, past member of the Conquest Fire Department; as well as a past member of CIMVAC Ambulance.

Verne is survived by his wife, Suzanne Petit Montana; a son, Nathan (Kathleen) Montana, of Rochester; a daughter, Erin (Rafael) Larramendi, of Farmington; a brother, Dennis (Marjorie) Montana, of Maryland; his four grandchildren, Chandler and Aiden Montana, Kalyani and Xavier Larramendi; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Keysor-Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home. A funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Cato Christian Fellowship; burial will take place immediately after in the Cato Union Cemetery.

If anyone wishes to make contributions, they can do so to the Cato Christian Church, P.O. Box 176, Cato, NY 13033, the Cato Fire Department, P.O. Box 252, Cato, NY 13033, CIMVAC Ambulance, 2496 W. Main St., Cato, NY 13033, or Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 S. Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14623.

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