Dennis Cato

Bethalto |

Dennis Franklin “Cato” Cato, 57, passed away unexpectedly at 9:34 am Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. 

He was born on June 28, 1953 in Alton, IL, the son of Ronald F. and Wilma (Wilson) Cato. 

He was a machine operator/ maintenance worker for Mead Packaging for over 30 years. Previously he worked at Frank C. Meyers in St. Louis in maintenance for 5 years, at Westgate/Green Management in Pontoon Beach for 2 years and he bartended at the Palace Bar in Meadowbrook for 3 years.  He enjoyed restoring classic cars, music, playing guitars, riding his motorcycle and socializing with his friends and family. 

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Mike Arnott of Carlinville, IL; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Anthony and Kimberly (Estopinal) Cato of Bay St. Louis, MS and Dennis Franklin Cato II of Bethalto; seven grandchildren, Nathan, Mason and Siera Pauley and Violet and Micheal Arnott all of Carlinville, IL and Noah and Joseph Estopinal of Bay St. Louis, MS and; a sister and brother-in-law, Lola and John Eisele; two brothers, Danny Cato and Ronnie Cato;  his nieces, Fallan Eisele, Stacy Cato and Angela Holder; his nephews, Corey Cato and Brian Cato and his former wife of 20 years and special friend, Rhonda (Fletcher) Cato of Wood River.  .
He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, April 8, 2011 with Pastor Willard Meyer officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the family

Online condolences and guestbook may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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