John Wayne Wachob


John Wayne Wachob, 70, a resident of Alvin, TX, passed away 

September 16, 2021 in his home with his Loving Wife and Son by his side. 

What do you say about a Man that was Loved by so many with so little space to write? He was born to a  Modest Couple in Dade City, FL on October 14, 1950 to John and Eunice (Hobbs)Wachob. He was later  Blessed Knowing Doris Wachob as Mom as well. 

Affectionately Known by Many as John Wayne, he was always the FIRST to help so many people with any  and all projects, but always the LAST to ask for help or accept it when it was needed. His First True Love  was Grits and Eggs with a side of Bacon. 

His second Love was Fishing, known as “Guide-Strike” by His Brothers; Wayne, Sterling and Ron and  nephews, everyone said they wanted to ride in his boat due to the “abundance of snacks he always had  on hand.” But I knew the truth, he was just the guy you wanted to fish with. 

He always had the best stories about fishing and long Motorcycle trips, and right up till the end he was  still telling those tales. His Sense of Humor was second to none. He had some doozies, that usually wound up with something broken…even if it was just our prides. 

He was never scared of hard work and always rose quickly to top of any company that was fortunate enough to have him. He called Bridgewood Properties his last home of employment of over 20 years that allowed him to be able to retire in a comfortable lifestyle for the last 5 years. 

He LOVED the Lord, Jesus Christ, and would often ask “What would God want you to do?” when you  were making a decision.  

His Last love that he found came in the form of Cathy Lou, she is just what he needed to settle down his  Harley Davison riding ways(haha) and take some incredible trips, to understand and appreciate the  beauty in Hummingbirds and simple yellow butterflies. Like a good western was meant to be John  Wayne had an amazing woman by his side right to the very end. Thank you, Cathy. 

He always knew he was blessed with the best Grandchildren in the world; Cheyenne, Autumn, John Weston, and Shelby. “GPA” lived everyday looking forward to the next time he saw them. 

He was known by many names and LOVED by so many, but I knew him as Dad, Counselor, Mentor, but  most of all he was my Best Friend. The hole he leaves is vast and I look forward to the day when we  meet again and he fills that void. 

Until then, Dad, we will carry on and try to fill some pretty big shoes. 


John is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: James Henry Wachob and J.J. Wachob. 

He leaves behind his wife, Cathy Lou Wachob; son, Joshua Wachob; grandchildren: Cheyenne Wachob,  Autumn Wachob, John-Weston Wachob and Shelby Wachob

sisters: Karen Hillman, Robin Miller, husband Dan, Helen Baux; mom, Doris Wachob, tons of Nieces and  Nephews 

Special Mention: 

My dad was blessed later in life with 2 amazing grown daughters from Cathy, He didn’t believe in the  word “step” anything. And they embraced him like a Dad and he liked it. 

Rebecca Dow, husband Darnell, and Jennifer Amerine; Heladio “Lalo” Moreno, Lilly Dow, Ricky Dow and Ruby Dow. 

Ex-wife of 20 years, Tommie Sue Wachob, they remained friends for the rest of his life and still had a  Special Love for each other. They proved Divorce doesn’t have to be bitter. 

Please leave your favorite Stories of John in the comments for the family to read. 

In lieu of Flowers, please make Donations to St. Jude’s children’s Hospital. During his battle with cancer,  he saw many children afflicted and it broke his heart to see such things. Considering them, he felt like he  was blessed with a full life.


  1. John was an Amazing Man. He fell in love with my sister Cathy and gave her the best and Happiest life. What an awesome addition he was to the VanDerveer & Shepard Family in NY. I would love when they would come to NY and visit. we would always go apple picking and drive around small towns. I will miss you dearly John. Tell me, are the Apple Cider donuts hot in Heaven? I bet they are since you arrived.
    Love and miss you

    Craig VanDerveer
  2. Im glad i knew my Uncle John selfless just a great human being i wish i could have had one more fishing trip to enjoy his wisdom very intelligent Man i so loved our conversation an advice i hope i can be as family as John was that was his first n for most was his family i envy my cousin for having such a wonderful father figure in his life till the very end i know i will see you again sir please rest in power save us some of them fish you n cousin Cy are catching i love you n will never forget your inspiration on my life …

    Chad Wright
  3. John
    You will be missed buddy and never forgotten.
    You were a good man John Wachob.

    Ken McConnell
  4. John,

    My dear friend. I’m am going to miss the fun times we all shared picking apples, and let’s not forget the dozen of Cider donuts you and I ate and had to go get more to share. The fun conversations we had at the meals we spent together. From the day I met you thanks to my sister Cathy, we became fast friends and family always came first. I’m going to miss our conversations when you and Cathy came to visit.
    I’m also going to miss your hard work and making old things look new again. You will be missed dearly so until we meet again. Your friend Richard

    Richard Stone
  5. Didnt know him well, but when he treated me wonderfully. The world just lost a great dude. He’s fishing it up in Heaven, now.

  6. My beautiful neighbor, I will miss you tremendously! You were one of the best people that I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am so grateful that you became a part of our family. You will be forever missed. I hope that Heaven is everything you hoped and more. Love you.

    Natasha Holbert
  7. John was my brother in law
    And that didn’t cease! Our
    Sons still call him Uncle John.
    He had the most clever, quick
    Sense of humor.
    My prayers are going up for
    You Cathy and the whole

    Nancy Stokes
  8. There were several occasions Uncle John really got on to me for some sort of bad behavior on my part. I am honored he took the time to set me straight.
    I remember one time I failed to net a rather big bass he had hooked. Darn was he mad that day! He didn’t cut me much slack and had high expectations. I appreciate that as well. Some of my fondest childhood memories were fishing with Uncle John. I still remember things he told me over the years, little bits of wisdom that come in handy throughout life. He was pretty sharp. To a young nephew, he was also pretty cool. I will miss him.

    Tim Stokes
  9. I knew John working at RCM/ Bridgewood. We worked in the construction trenches of four communities. He was such an honest man, loved to fish. He always mentioned his new home with access to Chocolate Bayou. LOL Great storyteller, with an incorruptible soul. He was an exemplary leader and a great mentor in the construction industry. John, you will be missed, my friend.

    victor M Barrios
  10. I worked with John at RCM/Bridgewood. I was always selling the dream and he was always building it. John was an amazing person who was loved by so many. If John wasn’t busy working he was busy telling stories about Cathy and his family that he loved so very much. He would share stories about his home on the Chocolate Bayou, fishing with his kids & grandchildren, helping his son with his business and his adventurous road trips with Cathy on the Harley. He use to say to me, I don’t know what I did but I must of done something right for God to bless me with so many wonderful people in my life. John was my co-worker, my friend and someone who I could count on to finish the job, listen patiently and give advice when I needed it and sometimes when I didn’t. I will miss you John Wachob and will remember you always with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

    Lynn Wallace
  11. John and I met when I went to work at Century Builders in the early 90’s. Later in our careers we worked together at Cypress Senior Living. During that time, when my wife passed, he was a great friend and helped me through some difficult and dark periods. When I remarried, years later, John was my best man and had everyone at the service in stitches with his humorous (but true) stories. Later, when I asked some friends to help us move into a new house, true to form, John was the only friend who showed up. John was a genuine man. I knew him to be honest, loyal and caring. Rare characteristics. I know he will be truly missed.

    Kevin M. Curry
  12. Where do I start this little sister going to miss her big brother. Picking up the phone and getting your advice on different issues. Loved your big smile and laugh I’m just going to miss everything about you. Heaven gained a wonderful and amazing man . Until we see each other again ❤️

    Helen Baux
  13. John and I have known each other since high school. Always having fun and getting into “some” trouble but never anything serious. Fast cars were usually the problem… He became my brother-in-law after he married my sister Tommie Sue. Even after their divorce I still considered him my brother and always called him Brother John. John had such a kind soul. We had such a good times fishing, riding motorcycles, and just talking. The stories we would tell, and we had many, would make you laugh until you were crying. We were on our way to see him when we received the call that he had passed. Both Joenie, my wife, and I felt our hearts break in two. I have lost a lot of people in my 69 years but I have to say this one hurt the most. John and Cathy had come to our mountain to see our place and we had talked of making plans to do some travelling together. I sure wish we still had that time. The world lost a great man that’s for sure! Rest in peace my Brother until the time we met again.

    Ron Wright
  14. When I met John, within 5 minutes I felt like I had known him my whole life. Rarely have I met someone so easy-going, friendly, easy to talk to, and such a good listener. He gave my friend Cathy many happy years, for which we are all so grateful.

    Alice L. Farrell-DeVore

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