John T. Piccatto Sr., 72, of 13814 3095 East Street, Spring Valley (Ottville), passed away at 10:50 AM Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 17, at the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley. Pastor Mike Slutz will officiate. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, October 16, in the funeral home, and from 10:00 AM until time of services on Thursday.
John was born on December 5, 1940 in Spring Valley to John B. and Orpha (Champley) Piccatto. He married Jane L. O’Neill on August 29, 1980 in Bureau. He was a graduate of Hall High School, Class of 1957, and L-P-O. John retired from Illinois Power after 33 years, where he worked as a gas foreman. He also farmed in rural Spring Valley his entire life.
John was a member of Seatonville Congregational Church-Independent. He was a member of the Ladd School Board for 36 years, currently serving as President. He was also a member of the Ladd Education Foundation Board, the Hall Education Foundation Board, the Project Success Food Pantry Board, the Echo Bluff Board, the Ladd Moose, and he was a former Trustee of Hall Township. John was a member of the Red Angus Association of America, also serving as National Director.
John was a “raviola maker” at the Parish of the Nativity of Our Lord. He was also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Bradley Braves.
John is survived by his wife, Jane, of Spring Valley; three sons, John T. (Nancy) Piccatto Jr., Andy J. (Bev) Piccatto, and Lee R. (Shari) Piccatto, all of Spring Valley; a daughter, Tracy (Ed) Helm of Spring Valley; nine grandchildren, Jacob, Colin, Landon, Lexi, Kristin, Justin, and Brandi Piccatto, and Kyle and Kasey Helm; two great grandchildren, Zain and Zaleigh Piccatto; two sisters, Nancy (Jim) Starkey, and Pat (Denny) Galetti, both of Seatonville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents. John’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers, while members of the Ladd School Board will serve as honorary pallbearers.