He was born on July 9, 1925, at Green-briar, Mo., to Lewis Wesley and Valley Mae Cato.
He was united in marriage to Betty Eleanor Croy on June 10, 1946; she preceeded him in death on Mar. 30, 2008. He later married Virginia Parker.
Mr. Cato joined the United States Navy on July 6, 1944, and was honorably discharged on May 28, 1946, and was an honored veteran of World War II. He worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation as a resident engineer. After a time there, he retired from Dumey Contracting, Inc. He was also active in the American Legion.
Loving survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law; Pamela and Tommy Horton, of Dexter, Mo., Sandra Cato of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Janet and Lee Cornelius of Perryville, Mo., and Amy and Greg Reynolds of McClure, Ill., eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Truman Cato of Dexter; his wife, Virginia Parker, and step-sons Michael Parker of Sikeston, Mo., and Stephen Parker of Spearfish, S.D.
Mr. Cato was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Betty E. Cato; his parents, Lewis W. and Valley M. Cato; his brother, Dale Cato, and one great-granddaughter, Lillian Holden.
Visitation will be held Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Home in Advance, Mo. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Morgan Funeral Home, with Reverend Eric Shrum officiating. Interment will follow in Morgan Memorial Park in Advance, Mo. Morgan Funeral Home of Advance in charge of all arrangements.