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James (Bob) Jochec

James Robert "Bob" Jochec, 60, of Houston, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel, in Katy, with Rev. James H. McPhail officiating.

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08/31/12 06:32 AM #1    

Michael (Mike) Benestante

Bobby, although your body was breaking down a bit, your spirit and smile remained special. Although we can't understand God's plan in taking you, we must accept it, knowing that you are in the place where we all yearn to be.

I have so many beautiful memories of Bobby. I watched him play basketball in junior high and I immediately knew that basketball was not going to be my sport because I could never even imagine being as graceful or as good as he already was! If a 3 point shot existed in our day, he would have "ruled" for sure. Later at Waltrip, where he started all 3 years, Bobby attained legendary status and must have been an inspiration for a future generation of Rams.

I recall one morning in the mid seventies when Jochec was giving me a ride to work in his truck. Although I don't recall the exact day, I do remember listening to his AM radio with him and hearing a news report that Elvis had died in his sleep. We were pretty much speechless until we got to work when we concluded that yeah, the king was dead.

Bobby spent most of his best years in his beloved Colorado. He had horses and plenty of dogs at his place. I  wasn't able to visit him there- but I heard stories from his basketball buddies that did. Since Bobby liked to hunt and be in the outdoors, I know he truly loved Colorado.

More recently he returned to Houston to be with his Mother, and they lived in Katy. I have been lucky enough to have shared time with him lately, watching basketball or golf on TV. Bobby loved to have Mexican food at lunch, so we did that on occasion as well. This summer he got to spend time with his young nephew, Will, who came in from Florida for a couple of months. Bobby was very proud of him and showed him around town and entertained him.

One of my most recent joyful memories is when he brought his chihuahua, Katy, to my house to visit my dog, Frankie. He loved both dogs dearly and was being a bit of a matchmaker. Well, it wasn't a match made in heaven to say the least, but when things calmed down my boston terrier had a new little friend thinks to Mr. Jochec!

You were one of a kind and I just want to thank you for all the joy you brought to my life. You had a large body and a beautiful warm heart! you...mb


10/11/12 01:17 PM #2    

Bob Holland

Bobby and I go way back to elementary school, and we were running buddies in our teens, 20-30's and were still great friends til his untimely death.  We shared some of the most memoriable times of my life together.  My first sleepover at a friends house, our first  beers, endless hours of poker, co-captains of the BB team, roommates in college and afterwards, co-producers of Willie Nelson concerts, Houston Rocket season ticket holders, tubing at the Lake and skiing, sightseeing and horseback riding at his place in Colorado.  I was always welcome at his place and the feeling was mutual.  Although distance often seperated us we always stayed in touch, invited each other for visits and connected with each other seemingly at the right times.  Birthdays, New Years Eve, major sporting events, etc.  Some sort of buddy telepathy I guess. 

It's unbeleivable how I've recalled so many of the GREAT times we shared, the funny incidents, the pranks, the tennis matches, bike riding, cruising in his car, all the R&R concerts we went to, the trips we went on, fish fries and Elk cookouts etc. through the years, since he has departed. 

All I can say is that his fun-loving, good nature, big heart, that big smile and his easy going attitude is sort of a once in a lfetime deal for me and I will always be proud to call him my buddy.

Rest in peace, you man and thanks for all the memories.



06/27/13 12:58 PM #3    

Frank Banning


Bob: Since we graduated from high school every time I hear " Born to be wild", it reminds me of you and I starting out a summer evening of 1968. No telling what kind of harmless mischief were destinned for, but for sure somebody would be looking for us. Bob there are too many memories and too many fond times to even start to recall.All I know is that my life was better off for  having you in my life!


There were about six months where you and I were inseperable and I will cherish those moments forever. There was a possie of your friends and mine who were always hanging out together and I am certain that we made ourselves known. Last thing, thank you for carrying the 1969 basketball team on your shoulders; the rest of us just tried to help out.



PEACE AND LOVE my friend, I will think of you often



Frank Banning

02/26/17 02:27 AM #4    

Carrol Johnson (Johnson)


James Jochec


James Robert Jochec (Bob), of Houston passed away Thursday August 30, 2012. He was preceded in death by his Father Reuben Jochec, and his Brothers Stanley and William. He is survived by Mother Jeannine Jochec, Niece Sanya Lolly and her husband Ryan, their children Will Jochec, Rhett and Reece, Uncle Melvin Jochec, Aunt Delores Niemier, Aunt Joy Hamilton and several cousins.
Bob was born March 17, 1952, in Houston Texas. He attended Waltrip High School where he was an All City basketball player. After graduating from Waltrip he attended McClendon Jr. College where he continued to pursue his passion playing basketball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a fan of all sports. Some of his best times were spent with his many friends and nephew Will. His warm heart and friendship will live on with all that knew him.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made in Bob's memory to the William Earnest Jochec Scholarship Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering, 501 Richardson Building College Station, Texas 77843 Att: Carol Mumford.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 2, 2012

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