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Richard Ray Katich


Richard Ray Katich, 76, of Gillespie, passed away at Heritage Health of Gillespie, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 at 8:38 a.m.

He was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Litchfield, to John Katich and Bessie Nitz Katich.

He married Renee R. DeMartini Katich on July 20, 1989 in Memphis, TN.

He was a grain and livestock farmer.  He was a member of the US Army National Guard.  He was a member of the SS Simon & Jude Church.

He was a sports fan for anything his grandchildren were playing in.  He attended all family activities.  After retirement, he enjoyed traveling to visit family.

He is survived by his spouse, Renee Katich of Gillespie; children, Elise (David) Schwartz of Carlinville, Daniel (Kate) Katich of Batavia, Kevin (Therese) Polo of Carlinville, Keith (Donata Garrasi) Polo of Florence, Italy, Kristine (Anthony) Jarden of Bunker Hill; grandchildren, Derek, Colleen, Benjamin, Laura, Katie, Allegra, Jacob, Peter, Caroline, Alessandro, Adam, Maria, Meredith, brother, Roger (Bev) Katich of Gillespie, beloved dog, Peaches; many nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at SS Simon & Jude Church in Gillespie. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie.

Memorials are suggested to  Partnership For Educational Excellence District #7 or All Weather Track.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.