Fidel Ceballos Montero II passed away unexpectedly on April 27, 2014, surrounded by family.

Fidel was born to Fidel Montero and Beatriz Ceballos Montero on October 8, 1942.  Raised in Colomos Mexico, he was the oldest son of 11 siblings.  Fidel was the first in his family to immigrate with his father to the United States at the age of 16.  Fidel dedicated his life to industry and hard work. He loved the fruit orchards and California’s rich agricultural economy. He was a role model to his family and became a part of the fiber of the community.

In 1969, Fidel married Imelda Ahumada Montero and eventually settled in Biggs, California. They spent the past 45 years raising five children and 16 grandchildren.  Fidel leaves a legacy of love and laughter.  Always quick to share a story, Fidel was often the center of attention at family gatherings.  We will miss the laughter and fun he brought to every moment of life.  No one can tell a joke quite like Fidel!  His jovial demeanor was only matched by his great love of family and friends.

Fidel leaves his family an inheritance of service, hard work, and love.  At the dawn of life he continued to lift the burdens of others through service.  He was a man who loved to work!  Whether out in the agricultural fields, pruning a tree in his backyard, making delicious tamales, or raising a grandchild.  He will be deeply missed and loved until we are reunited with him again.

Fidel is survived by his wife Imelda Ahumada Montero; daughters Imelda, Veronica, Brenda, Yazmin and son Fidel III.  Sisters Zenaida, Beatriz, and Estela. Brothers Nato, Beto, Arcadio, Hector, Joaquin and Pablo. His grandchildren are Scotty, Tatiana, Matt, Jaida, Barbara, Kauilani, Jared, Maeva, Marcela, Fidel IV, Matthew, Salesi, Loni, Ben, and Josiah.

He is preceded in death by parents Fidel and Beatriz Montero, and brother Miguel.

Friends and family may call Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gridley-Block Funeral home, 649 Ohio Street.  A memorial service will be held Friday May 2, 2014; 10 a.m., at the Gridley Stake Center located at 348 Spruce Street.