February 21, 1940 ~ October 11, 2020

Born in: Cincinnati, OH
Resided in: Leitchfield, KY

Richard Joseph Gatto, age 80 of Leitchfield, passed away Sunday, October 11th 2020 at the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. He was born February 21st 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Richard Joseph Gatto, Sr. & Elsa Frances Dannenfelser Gatto. Richard was a Salesman for Wiedemann Associates and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was affectionately known as “Chicken Dick” by his friends on the St. Joseph Parish Picnic Committee. He was an avid sports fan, loyal to his hometown teams, the Cincinnati Bengals & Cincinnati Reds, as well as the UK Wildcats. He enjoyed horse racing, and looked forward to the Kentucky Derby each year. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing golf and cards with his friends. He loved traveling with family and spending time at the beach.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Jane Norton Gatto, his five children, Donna Gatto Cerritos (Henry Cerritos-Caceres), Deborah Gatto (Kevin Garvin), Rick Gatto (Angeleen), Renee Vincent (Eric), & Tricia Smith (Jake), sixteen grandchildren, and one brother, Robert Gatto (Elaine).

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Mary Lynne McVeigh & Denise Gatto, one brother, John Gatto, and one grandson, Brandon Gatto.

Funeral service will be held ‪at 12 noon, Saturday, October 17th‬ ‪2020‬ at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A private committal service will be at the Bowling Green Gardens following the service. Visitation will be held ‪from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Saturday‬ at the Watson & Hunt Funeral Home in Leitchfield.

All those who wish to honor and remember Richard in person at the visitation or service are required to wear a mask for the safety of all those in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of donations to the St. Joseph Altar Society or the Grayson County Alliance.


Visitation: October 17, 2020 9:00 am - October 17, 2020 11:00 am

Watson & Hunt Funeral Home
2373 Elizabethtown Rd
Leitchfield, KY 42754

Funeral Mass: October 17, 2020 12:00 pm

St Joseph Catholic Church
204 N Main St
Leitchfield, KY 42754

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  1. Oh my goodness, Carol! What your family has been through! We are praying hard for all of you. I’m sending love, prayers, hugs and our deepest sympathy. I know what you’re going through. If I can help you in anyway, please let me know. God bless you and your family.
    Love and prayers,

  2. Dicks presence will always be felt at our weekly card games. He was the Big Guy of the table and dearly thought of. I personally will always miss his smile when he would say “Let’s make it a dollar one time”. You knew he probably had you. He was a lot of fun. God took a great one home!

  3. Dick was a model of what MAN is to family and friends. I will miss him dearly but know that he left us with a model to follow. God Speed Dick Gatto.

  4. Love to Dick and Carol! So sad that I didn’t get to see Dick lately, some friendly news on Facebook though, to hear from one another! My sincere sympathy to all the Gatto Family!

  5. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this dark time in your lives. May God give you the strength and peace that you seek

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