Rev. Richard Slavish, 82, of Matherville died Thursday, February 18, 2016 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am Tuesday, February 23rd at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Matherville. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Viola. Visitation will be held at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola on Monday, February 22nd from 4:00 – 7:00pm, with a rosary recited at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for St. John’s Cemetery.
Richard was born July 4, 1933 in Boden, IL the son of John and Katherine Kovachevich Slavish. He graduated from High School and Junior College at St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL. He graduated from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelien, IL in June of 1959 and was ordained Aug. 2, 1959. Father Richard’s first parish was Immaculate Heart of Mary in Galesburg. He also said mass at the state hospital for 6 ½ years. He then served at sacred Heart in Moline and at East Moline State Hospital. He went on to serve at St. Theresa in Alexis, Illinois and St. Aloysius, Watago and St. Peter and St. Paul Nauvoo, and Sacred Heart, Dallas City. From there he went to serve at St. Francis of Assi, Kewanee and St. John Vianny, Cambridge. He has served as the Illinois Police Association State Chaplain for the last 20 years.His last parish was St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Matherville, Illinois. Father Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Monmouth, IL.
Those left to cherish his memory are his siblings James (Pat) Slavish of Matherville, Carmella “Dinah” (George) VanGetson of Milan, Kathleen Kilcoin of Aledo and Thomas Slavish of Matherville; 6 nieces; 6 nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
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