Richard “Dick” A. Tatara 66 of Napeville,

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 13th, 2013

TataraRichard “Dick” A. Tatara 66 of Napeville, IL, died Saturday, February 9th. Born December 21, 1946 in Chicago, IL to Casmer J. and Jean M. Tatara who preceded him in death. Dick had one sister, Janice L. Panicola, also deceased. Surviving are wife of 46 years Pat (nee Middleton) and children Rick (Stephanie) Tatara, Julie (Kevin Kintz) Tatara, Nacole Tatara, Tina (Tony) Beaird and Casey Tatara, Grandchildren Lauren, Kallie, Talia, Alex and Sean. Dick was a fond brother in law of Katherine (Ralph) Kern, Laurentine (Chuck) Martin, Joann (Jim) Savickas, Ceil (Mike Price) and Michael Panicola. He was a fond uncle and great-uncle to many.
Dick attended DePaul Academy in Chicago, graduating in 1965. He was a strong athlete who excelling in wrestling. Dick was always proud to tell the story that he had the highest entrance exam score in the school’s history. Legend has it that he had only missed one question; how many bushels in a peck? For which he had the right answer and changed his mind at the last minute. The correct answer is four. He attended the IBM trade-school for computers learning to repair and maintain their original punch-card computer systems. Dick and Pat married June 25, 1966 at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Bridgeport . Dick’s true calling was sales. He was a longtime car salesman who worked for several dealers in the Chicagoland area including: Villa Park Ford, Howard Pontiac and Max Madson Mitsubishi. Dick was a people person who enjoyed storytelling. He had a strong love of music and a beautiful singing voice. A private memorial for family and friends will be held in April. Inurnment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL.


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  1. Dan Silagi says:

    I used to work with Dick at First Chicago (now Chase) in the bank’s information systems department. We used to play football on the weekends. For a rather small fellow, Dick was tough as nails.

    Later, Dick became a car salesman, and I bought a new 1973 Ford LTD Brougham V-8 from him, copper with a black vinyl top. I got ribbed about my “Tataramobile” from the guys as the office.

    I paid a fair price, and the car was quite reliable. No complaints. It lasted me 6 years until I traded it in for an Audi 5000, which was much less reliable. RIP, Dick.

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