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John Piccatto Sr.

SPRING VALLEY — John T. Piccatto Sr., 72, of 13814 3095 East St., Spring Valley (Ottville), passed away at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley.

John was born Dec. 5, 1940, in Spring Valley to John B. and Orpha (Champley) Piccatto. He married Jane L. O’Neill on Aug. 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 the 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.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, with Pastor Mike Slutz officiating. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday.

John’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers, while members of the Ladd School Board will serve as honorary pallbearers.

A guestbook may be signed at bartofh.com.

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