Ricardo Mata, 52, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.
Born on July 4, 1969 in Plymouth, Indiana he was the son of Marcelino and Maria (Longoria) Matta. Ricardo would go to work for the City of Plymouth Street Department at the age of 16 and continued with the Street Department until 1996.
On May 2, 1997 he would marry Tanya Kuntz and they would spend 23 wonderful years together. Ricardo will always be remembered as a people person, one that could tell a great joke and make others laugh. His family will hold in their hearts as one that had a big heart always willing to lend a hand and help anyone that ever needed it. His honesty and advice on life, creativity, determination to never quit and his work ethic. He was a wonderful provider for his family, and he loved his son Ryan dearly.
Ricardo loved to cook, watch Notre Dame Football, make model cars and he would want everyone to know that he loved watching T.V.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Ricardo is survived by his wife Tanya Matta of Plymouth; son Ryan Matta of Plymouth; as well as 11 brothers and sisters.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Jan Boos Bean says
Sympathies to each of Rick’s loved ones and there are many. Tanya and Ryan are in my thoughts as they deal with the loss of the “big guy” in their life. Loving, funny and so important to them and his Mata family. Sympathies to each of you.
Jan Boos Bean says
Sympathies to each of Rick’s loved ones and there are many. Tanya and Ryan are in my thoughts as they deal with the loss of the “big guy” in their life. Loving, funny and so important to them and his Mata family. Thinking and praying for each of you.
Barb klapp says
Tanya, Ryan, and family. My sympathy to you. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Peace be with him, and your family.
John & Martha Stutsman says
Ryan and Tanya…deepest sympathies.
Viola Mata says
I love you so much Ricky you were always watching out for ur little sister an I will never ever forget that God will lead you home to mom an dad an max Juanita an Johnathon an Sylvia we will meet again U WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH LOVE U ALWAYS RICKY FIREWORK BROTHER♥️🙏💯
Breanna Mata says
I love you so much Uncle Ricky! You will forever be missed and loved but never EVER forgotten! You were such and AMAZING Brother, Son, Husband,Father,Uncle, and Loved One! We will always miss you, remember you, and most definitely love you! May you rest easy Uncle Ricky I love you!!!🙏♥️
Gretchen Worley says
Rick was more than a co worker at the street dept. I went thru severe trauma, he talked, consoled me, urged me to get help, for which I did. Rick always talked about his wife, the love ,I respected him so very much. I’m still in shock . My heart hurts for Tanya ,Ryan, and his whole family, a truly good man
Gino and Kathy Fisher says
We are so sorry for your loss. May all your memories bring you some comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Shelley Turpen says
I am so sorry for your loss may God be with you and comfort you in your time of need I will miss Rick dearly
Shelley Turpen says
I remember Rick as my neighbor he was always so friendly we would talk all the time we see each other from time to time at the store and we will chat again like old times Rick was A really sweet and kind person I still can’t believe he is gone I will miss him so much RIP my friend
Kathy Hall says
Ryan your Martin’s family send our deepest sympathy. We are so sorry to hear about your father.
Prayers to you and your mom and the family.
Tammy Ludwig says
Thank you for being one of my first friends in life, known you since kindergarten, and for being such a great friend to my dad at the street department.
I can’t believe you’re gone-my God comfort your wife and child and family. Say hi to dad for me.