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Rev. Richard Piscatelli “Pastor Dick”

d. December 7, 2018

Rev. Richard Piscatelli “Pastor Dick”, age 82, of Chatham, was welcomed into Heaven on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Pastor was born on February 15, 1936 in Watertown, MA, the son of Dominic and Ida (Scipione) Piscatelli.

He married Carole Davis on August 30, 1963 in Newton, MA.

Pastor Dick is survived by his wife, Carole; sons, James, Eric, Scott, John, David, and daughter, Karen Piscatelli Epley; grandchildren, David, Erica, Michael, Amy, Troy, Heather, Gray, Daniel, Lizzie, Justin, Jonathan, Kristin, Kimberly, Dominic, Rebekah, and Samantha; and several great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by a son, Daniel; brother, Vincent; and sisters, Edith and Ruth.

Pastor Dick has been serving Williamsville United Methodist Church since 2006. Dick was graduated from Asbury College in 1980 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1983, in Wilmore, Kentucky.  He began his ministry at Buffalo and Dawson United Methodist Churches, Trinity UMC in Paris, IL, First UMC in St. Elmo, and Roanoke and Secor UMCs.

He was past president of the Lions Club in Paris, IL and past member of the Paris Rotary Club.  Pastor Dick was a member of the PGA (Preachers Golf Association).

He served for the US Navy for four years.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at the Williamsville United Methodist Church.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 with his friend, Rev. Curt Rush officiating.

Memorials can be given to the Williamsville United Methodist Church or the Retired Preachers Aid Society.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. We are so sorry to hear this news. Heartbroken for Carole and all of this amazing family, BUT rejoicing for Dick that he is celebrating in his heavenly home!!

    Such great memories of time together while at Asbury! We’ve never forgotten our blessed friendship!

    Love you. Lifting the family in prayer.

  2. We will always remember Dick as the one who brought joy and laughter to our distirct clergy events.
    We remember his jokes about people needing an interpreter to understand him, and he said NO – one to understand Them!!
    Faithful until the End!!
    God Bless You Dick, and to your Family,
    God’s Eternal Strength Grace Comfort and the Promise of an Eternal Reunion!
    In Our Prayers Today and Always,
    Martin & Anne Gutzmer

  3. We are greatly saddened to hear of Pastor Dick’s passing. He and Carole were so supportive of our mother, Ruth Moorman. Mom moved to Bickford House in Springfield in 2008 and until she moved to Decatur in 2014, Pastor Dick and Carole faithfully picked her up each Sunday for Church. I recall meeting Pastor Dick the first time when he tossed me a bag of popcorn as thanks for “popping in”. We always think of him when we hear “God is good, all the time”. God is good all the time and so was Pastor Dick.
    Jack and Cheryl Moorman

  4. Our Son, Jeff sent us this obituary.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    We enjoyed your fun and humor at the Girls soccer games. Mostly we enjoyed the friendship with you and your family.
    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Please extend our condolences to your family.
    Moe and Jo Juhlin.

  5. David, Holly and family,

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad. We all know he’s with The Lord now but it’s so hard to lose a parent. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you,
    Blessings, Linda and Dave

  6. Carole and Family,
    My heart goes out to you all at the loss of Pastor Dick. It seems like we spent so much time together at Nicholasville UMC. You come under the category of “unforgettable” in a very positive way. Your dedication to the Lord and family was an inspiration.Im sure there will be many warm, humerous, and inspirational stories of this dedicated servant of our Lord.
    Curtis Absher

  7. Heaven gains another saint. Obviously a good and faithful servant. He leaves a legacy of faith. Rejoicing in his reward. Sad for the families loss.

  8. Very sorry for your loss. It is so sad that we loose the family & friends that have made our lives so happy. Blessings You you & your family.

  9. We are so very sorry about Dick. He was a wonderful and caring man and will be missed by all.

    Our love and sympathy go out to Carole and family🙏🏻

  10. God bless, to all his family. He had a speaking gift that’s for sure.Im thinking there wasn’t anyone that met him that didn’t like him. I have fun memories plying piano in the Methodist church in Secor, IL. A special God Bless to Carrol.

  11. May the peace of God be with you all today as you celebrate the life of Pastor Dick Piscatelli! He will be greatly missed.
    Love you all,

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