John Hammack

John Michael Hammack

Friday, February 9th, 1996 - Friday, November 15th, 2019
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John Michael Hammack went to be with the Lord November 15, 2019 at the age of 23. He was born February 9, 1996 in Victoria to Michael and Renee Heibel Hammack.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Highway, Victoria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Those honoring John as pallbearers will be Randy Heibel, Jr., Randy Bitterly, Jacob Hammack, AJ Rosas, Clayton Studer, Jesse Chavarrie, Colton Nagel and Will Maraggia. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his many, many friends.

John was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Stella Helweg Ressman.

He is survived by his parents Michael and Renee Hammack; brother Jacob Hammack; paternal grandparents John and Cathy Hammack; maternal grandparents Charles and Sadie Heibel; aunts Laurie Grayson and husband Chris, Sarah Smith and husband Lee, Sandra Tompkins and husband Frank; uncles Johnnie Heibel and wife Janice, Randy Heibel and wife Cindy and Dean Heibel and numerous cousins.

John was a loving son, brother, grandson and nephew. He worked as the co-manager at High Pressure Cleaning Solutions LLC. He enjoyed gaming and spending time with his friends. He loved helping his brother even when not asked. He was a perfectionist and could fix almost anything. He was extremely smart and was proud to be a McCombs School of Business UT graduate, where he paid his own way. Most of all he loved and insisted on a sit down meal with his family.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or Charity of the Donor's Choice.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Grace Funeral Home
    2401 Houston Highway
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    105 N. William Street
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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    Father Albert Yankey
  • Interment

    Resurrection Cemetery
    Laurent & Mockingbird
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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Renee' Hammack

Posted at 03:32pm
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John Michael was a kindhearted loving brother, son, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He was extremely smart and witty. Very seldom would you see him without a smile on his face. He was hardworking and took pride in every job he ever held. He took pride in being a UT Red McCombs School of Business graduate. He loved quality family time and meals and all the times he spent hanging out with his MANY friends.
John Michael loved playing with Julie, our Lab, and she loved him. He spoiled her rotten. He loved to agitate his brother Jacob but he always looked out for him. He just loved to interact with us as a family in any way that he could. John Michael was the mother hen of our family always watching out for all of us.
He loved to fiddle and fix stuff and could fix just about anything. He loved electronics and he loved fixing broken lighters of which he has a large collection. He was a perfectionist…everything had to be to his standards. He was a planner and organizer and he kept anything he ever bought or received as a gift in pristine condition. Even when it finally wore out or he grew out of it, he couldn’t bear to let it go. So yes, we still have most all of it. The kid loved and cherished anything he ever got.
He loved online gaming with his friends, movies, and music. He taught himself to play the guitar. He loved going to the movies with his family and with his friends. He loved giving his movie critiques and suggestions for movies that we should watch. His latest upset was that “Motherless Brooklyn” was not showing here in Victoria. He wanted us to go see it for my birthday. He loved playing cards and he loved a good 42 domino game though he hated to lose at either.
Special THANKS to all his friends and their families for all the planning you guys did to make his services special and keep his memory living on forever. I KNOW he is looking down and is PROUD of each and every one of you. Randy, you have BIG shoes to fill now with your friends taking John’s place as the group planner to keep you guys together.
Special THANKS to all our family and friends who have surrounded us during this very difficult time to help hold us together and make John Michael’s final goodbye a special one. Some traveled a great distance to be with us and it means a lot. We are blessed to have you all.
John Michael, we know you will ALWAYS be with us and continue to take care of us, but we miss your smiling face dearly. We love forever.

Renee' Hammack

Posted at 03:28pm
Hello everyone, family and friends of our dearly beloved John Hammack. My name is Randy Bitterly, for those of you who don’t know me, John and I have been best friends since kindergarten. Having to stand up here and do this is something I never thought I would have to do.
John and I have shared a tight knit group of friends since elementary and our bond has only continued to grow over the years. The buddies and I of course have always known him as Hammy, Jonboi, Hambone or Ya-boi Jon. I know that I wouldn’t only be speaking for myself, or of our group of buddies if I were to describe him as an outgoing and brilliant intellectual with a contagious, and almost mischievous smile. He was a very determined and organized individual, he always had a plan and the drive to achieve any goal he set for himself. For better or for worse, he could not be detoured once he made up his mind. Hammy was a master at debating his point and of course was always right. Hammy was one of a kind and very witty. Will Maraggia described John Boy best when he said, “He had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up a room. His quick come backs, famous one liners, and tell it like it is attitude will forever be missed. We are blessed with countless memories and stories that only Hammy could have provided.”
John had a huge heart and loved his family. He was a proud older brother. He got his love of card games and love for sit down quality time from his family. His momma told me he loved sit down family meals and would insist upon them. It makes sense because he was always our group planner, getting us together to eat or have a boys poker night. He would teach us new games and was forever the rule master having to re-explain and help us pick our next move. He once attempted to show us how to play 42 and moon with dominoes, and had to eventually walk around the table to help us with our next move.
A memory that came to mind recently was back when we were both maybe just over 21, and all of us guys were in college and out of town for the weekend. John and I were home and we really wanted to do something. We made a plan to meet at the Park N Ride in Inez and talked about our options. The limiting factor was how much money we had bc we were both broke college students. I told John, “Hey, I got a $20 bill” (I had mowed that day), and asked him “How much money do you have?” He promptly opened up his wallet and said “Ya Boi got $4” and pulled out 4 tattered 1 dollar bills. With our combined $24 dollars, we went to the Exxon gas station and got 2 for $2 hot dogs, each had one, and with the remaining $22 went to 5 oclock (the bar in Telferner). We played pool while singing along with the jukebox, had a couple of beers, and tipped the bartender what we had left. It was simple and on a limited budget, but it will forever be one of my favorite memories.
He had always had a love for music showing a particular interest in the Beatles and Bob Dylan. He knew every rock song on the radio word for word. He could always open our eyes and explain to us the deeper meaning of any song. Hammy absolutely hated country music, that is until the boys started playing Texas country constantly which eventually earned his interest.

John was so young, but in that short time he made such a huge impact on the lives of so many people. Our group is not whole without his very unique personality but we will forever hold on to the memories of the times we shared. Fly High, Hammy. I will see you again.

Renee' Hammack

Posted at 10:39am
John Michael left us to be with the Lord and his Granny Stella and all his great grandparents along with his beloved dogs, Jake, Norm, and Jenny early Friday morning on November 15, 2019, 3 months shy of his 24th birthday.

I could go on for days telling everyone about this young man, and this is probably way too long but it’s memories I wanted to share to celebrate his life. He along with his brother Jacob are the love of mine and his Dad’s lives. Don’t know what we would do without these 2 boys and don’t yet know how the 3 of us will carry on without him…this tragedy has left our hearts shattered beyond a million pieces.

John Michael was a kind- hearted young man. He was extremely smart and witty. Very seldom would you see him without a smile on his face. He was stubborn as a brick wall and always had to have the last word. Just ask some of his friends if they ever won an argument with him. Heck just ask me if I ever won. I would just have to tell him “We’re good, I don’t even care who is right or wrong anymore or what the original point was”. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were having a disagreement about something, and he finally said “Hey, don’t get mad just because I’m a better debater than you!”. I was speechless……

I know he loved his family dearly more than words can express - everyone – Me, his Dad, Jacob, his PaPa and Grandma, His Grandpa and Nana, all his aunts, uncles, and cousins). He had many, many friends and loved each and every one. He loved having family time and he loved the holidays, spending time with everyone. John Michael loved and always insisted on a sit-down family meal. He loved a variety of foods…especially boneless wings; just not spicy food. And as in spicy, I mean sometimes black pepper or chili powder was too spicy. His Dad and Jacob loved to tease him telling him that Orange Chicken, Terriaki, and Honey BBQ were too spicy for him. I have to admit though, just recently he started to experience eating hot sauce on a breakfast taco and his Migas plate. He was a peculiar eater…he ate one thing at a time and no two foods could touch each other on his plate. He always saved the most favorite thing on his plate for last. I always told him he was doing it backwards…he should eat the favorite thing first while it was still warm but he would say no, last so I can savor every bite. Though I miss our John Michael dearly, I am truly grateful that the good lord allowed him to stay long enough for my birthday last week allowing us to enjoy a special family meal.

John Michael loved playing with Julie, our Lab and she loved him….he would come home and one of the first things he did was sit in the middle of the living room floor with her laying on her back in his lap while he scratched her belly. He spoiled her rotten and convinced us she was mature enough to start sleeping outside her kennel at night. She of course slept with him in his bed.

John Michael loved to interact with you. If I was in the kitchen cooking or cleaning when he came home from school, work, being with his friends, or wherever, he LOVED to follow me around the kitchen and ask me questions. Questions about anything and everything and most things he already knew the answer to… it would sometimes drive me nuts (and he of course knew this which just made him love it even more). Anytime I was making a bed and he or Jacob were in the house, either he or both of them would come and lie down right in the middle, knowing it would get a rise out of me.

One of his trips home to visit, he brought a bag of old worn out dirty gloves that he used at UPS asking me what to do with them (there was still one good pair), I of course said toss them, their dirty and worn out. Well, as you probably guessed, he didn’t toss “all” of them. Instead he gave a pair to Julie to use as a chew toy and others, Jacob and I found out later he used for a game. He hid one in Jacob’s pillow case and I found another in between a stack of my papers that needed to be filed. Then the game was on…we continued to hide these back and forth in each other’s belongings knowing that eventually the other would find them. Just Saturday, I found one stuck in my jewelry box (thank goodness it was one of the clean ones).

When his Dad and I were lying in bed watching TV or a movie, he would love to come and lay down right in the middle of us and want to talk, not really about anything, just make us pause the TV and talk to him. I CANNOT tell you how much I already miss all these things…Never take the small things your kids do for granted……ever….

John Michael liked the finer things but he LOVED a good bargain even more. He was pretty darn tight with his money. He pondered and thought through his every purchase…sometimes for days, sometimes for months. He would always ask me what should I choose and we would sit and go through the pros and cons of each. Just recently he told his Dad and I a list of things he was going to be purchasing – a new iphone because he still had his old one (before they changed the headphone jack because he couldn’t stand the change that Apple made with that), a new pair of sun glasses, and a newer vehicle that he didn’t have to work on. He did get to purchase the sunglasses but not the first time he looked. He went to look at his options and then came back and we had to go over each and every pro and con before he made his decision. One of his hobbies was to shop at Good Will for cool fishing shirts or any kind of bright, loud Hawaiian shirts to wear when hanging with his friends. The brighter and louder, the better. And though his brother despised it, he LOVED to wear 2 shirts…usually a solid colored T-Shirt and a Hawaain or really bright shirt over it. His other favorite was “Socks and Crocks” – he was all about the comfort!. One of his most memorable trips to Good Will was just recently when he found $116 in one of the fishing shirts he was buying. So, if any of you donated a shirt and are missing some cash, rest assured, he put it to good use.

His Dad was teaching him how to brew beer…just a few weeks ago they made their first batch together. Even though it was John Michael’s first time, he dubbed himself as the “Brew Master” and his Dad as the “Apprentice”.

John Michael was truly the “mother hen” of our family……. he kept tabs on all of us. He was my nurse during my knee surgeries and any other time I was sick. I don’t think he ever said anything to his Dad but when he would come home to visit from college, he always said “Dad has to take better care of himself”. And yes Jacob, he kept tabs on you as well. I know he could be a pain and LOVED to agitate you and especially argue over whose chair was whose at the dinner table or bar, but I think he did that just to show he was still your big brother. When he came home to visit, he would ask me about your grades and proceed to tell me which classes you needed to be taking and when. He always told me you needed to eat better….less sugar, more vegetables. He always said you have to switch to unsweet tea. His most recent concern is what were you going to do when you graduate. He would ask me that question constantly and get frustrated because I would say I don’t know yet. I don’t know if he ever told you, but he did truly love you and looked out for you.

John Michael would help with anything you needed…sometimes on his own terms, but he would do it. He would tell you how much he didn’t like it or would never do it again, but all you had to do was ask and he would. Part ways through, he would always say “Can we be done now?”. Sunday a week ago, I was home working in my flower beds and though he wasn’t interested in helping me plant, he stayed outside with me the whole time…asking me questions and following me around….part ways through me finishing, he started asking “Can we be done now?” He helped me move and put up a fence around my garden to keep the deer out. After that, his cousin Randy came over and they helped hang bacons and jerky in the smokehouse. They talked about Randy being able to get his old dirt bike running and about possibly going hog hunting this past week. Glad you were there Randy and glad you guys were able to visit and catch up. He always loved hanging with you too, going canoeing and what not.

John Michael loved to fiddle with stuff, especially electronics and could fix almost anything. He was also a perfectionist…everything had to be exact per HIS standards. He is one of the few I know who would get something new and the first thing he would do is sit down and read the instructions. I’m certain he started that when he was younger and received his first electronic game. He knew I was far from being tech savvy and he was on his own! I’ll never forget a time when he was probably 5 and he was in the deer stand with me. He brought his Pokémon cards and to pass the time, he “thought” he would teach me how to battle with them. He was patient at teaching, but not that patient…it didn’t take long before he figured out I was hopeless.

He kept everything pristine. He kept boxes to anything of value that he ever bought or was given as a gift. I’m pretty sure he also has every iphone and iphone box he ever bought. He has every gaming device he ever bought or was given. In a sense, he was our family hoarder. Not because he was a true hoarder but rather because he had an emotional attachment to any gift he was ever given. After having to move out of the house for hurricane repairs, it was finally an opportunity to have him clean, sort, and downsize. He did a great job, but I still have many large plastic containers of things he just couldn’t part with. I can assure you, to this day he could tell you when, where, how, why, and from whom he received every item. If you ever gave him a card, rest assured it is more than likely in one of these boxes. He wore socks until they were literally falling apart – the only way I could get rid of them was to toss them when I was doing laundry and even though most all his socks look the same, he missed them! He would come asking me where such and such pair was! He definitely inherited that trait from his PaPa Heibel. He had a feather pillow from his Granny Stella’s house from when he was very small. He still has it and as you can imagine it has disintegrated over time…He would get upset because I couldn’t fix it – I could only sew new covers…
He has this giant camouflage catfish that one of you (I can’t remember who but he remembered) gave him for Christmas or his birthday when he was little. It always laid on his bed and when he was younger he slept with it. It too was something that I thought should go when we were moving things back into the house after repairs. He said oh, I’ll take care of it. Well…guess what, later when he was back in Austin, I found it hiding between his bed and the wall. Yes, we still have that too. The kid loved and cherished everything he ever got. When he moved back home just recently, he brought with him a bag for his Dad and Jacob which he called the “candy museum”. It was a collection of his most favorite candies that he was saving and savoring, and he wanted to share what was left with them. Unfortunately, most were expired. Just Sunday before last, I said I think it’s time we can toss the rest of this out and he of course said no, not yet, I need to have one more look through it. So yes, I still have that too.

He loved online gaming with all his friends and could get quite vocal and passionate about it sometimes. He loved music and he taught himself to play the guitar. The first song he ever played for me was Bob Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather”. He loved going to the movies with his friends and us as a family. He has every movie stub to every movie he’s ever seen. I’m sure you think I’m joking, but I’m not. He also loved giving us his movie critiques and suggestions for movies to watch next. He had many favorites but as a family we enjoyed watching the John Wick series together. He loved playing poker and dominos and was good at both but of course he never liked to lose.

Though we wish his last night was at home with us watching a movie, it was with his friends…and oh how he loved to hang out with his friends…Many of you were by his side since Kindergarten. I truly hope you know how much he loved each and every one of you and I hope you cherish your friendships – never ever take them for granted. I doubt you guys really know how much thought and work he put into the Corn Hole set he just built so he could share it and enjoy with you during your many hang outs at Randy’s. And, as you might have guessed, it had to be PERFECT. I realize this sounds like a simple project but trust me, anyone who knew John Michael at all should know differently. I cannot tell you how many discussions we had regarding what to fill the bags with. It had to be something that was just right, not too dense, not to light and of course wouldn’t mildew right away if it were humid. He even made a proto-type. After trying different things and spilling them all over our kitchen floor, he finally decided on popcorn…sounds simple but it took days to get there. Not only did he paint the set once but twice because Jacob moved it in the shop (with dirty hands I might add) and left smudges on it. Though Jacob and I tried to clean it, it wasn’t to his standards, so he re-painted it again!! He then put a clear coat on it. And just in case you guys didn’t know, the corn sacs were sewn by him…all 8 of them. I showed him how to work the sewing machine by starting one of them and then he took over.

As much as he loved you guys, I know you all know there was one thing he despised – your poor planning abilities. It drove him absolutely crazy! He would tell me that you guys were going to do “something”, but he just didn’t know what yet because he said no one could answer a text and make plans ahead of time. He would lay on the couch texting you guys and waiting for an answer. When he didn’t get one or the one he wanted, he would follow me around the house fussing about you. And Justin, you’re not exempted….I don’t remember the movie you guys were supposed to see but it was the one when it flooded in Austin. He had of course planned it out all ahead of time and you were supposed to get off work early so you guys could go but you were late. He was so unhappy, but he got over it and then you guys ended up going a different day. He loved you and Julian and Kevin as well. Glad he was able to spend one last weekend with you a few weeks back.

I know he’s in heaven now looking down upon all of you and I am MOST certain these last few days you have all made him VERY proud. You have all done an excellent job gathering and putting together the many photos of him for the video to celebrate his life. His Dad and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing it and taking this burden from us during this very difficult time. You have even planned ahead this time for you all to gather after the services and celebrate him. As his Mom, I can assure you, he is proud of you and though you won’t see him, he will be right there with you in spirit.

His dad and I sincerely thank the Bitterly and the Studer families for always having a place on the couch for him and making your homes a second home for our son and treating him as your own. He always talked about the breakfasts that Randy cooked and the meals Clayton’s mom fixed. Special thanks to you Randy for reading this for us, I know it’s hard but your Hammy is proud and smiling down upon you for helping his Mom and Dad and Jacob.

I will forever be thankful for having had John Michael back home with us these last couple of months. Him being able to work with his Dad as co-manager of our business was a blessing. Cannot believe it ended so soon. There are so many things as a family we will miss. I will miss the 3 of them having breakfast together before work and school and I will miss John Michael finishing his morning coffee on the couch before he left for work. We will miss our 42 domino game. Though the 3 “boys” “pretended” to draw for partners, Jacob was always his Dad’s partner and John Michael was mine. I’m forever grateful for this past summer and the many times when we took time out to play while John Michael was home visiting.

One last memory that I’ll share and never forget is when John Michael was in 1st grade – the music teacher Mrs. Fabrigale made a video of all the first graders for a special Mother’s Day party. Each were asked why their Mommy was special. While most all the others responded with things like because they buy me the toys I want, etc. Our little John Michael responded by saying “Because she loves me and takes care of me and gives me everything I need”.

Anytime John Michael had been home visiting from college and it was time for him to leave, he had a hard time with good byes…..sometimes his good byes would last for 2 hours before he actually left. I never minded them (actually treasured them) but sometimes I had to send him on his way so he would not be traveling so late at night. I just wish we had one of those same long good byes now…..I know your spirit will forever surround us and take care of us and you will always be in our hearts. We continue to love you, remember you, and will miss you DEARLY.


Posted at 10:58pm
Be still and know that I'm with you
Be still and know that I am here
Be still and know that I'm with you
Be still, be still, and know
When darkness comes upon you
And colors you with fear and shame
Be still and know that I'm with you
And I will say your name
If terror falls upon your bed
And sleep no longer comes
Remember all the words I said
Be still, be still, and know
And when you go through the valley
And the shadow comes down from the hill
If morning never comes to be
Be still, be still, be still
If you forget the way to go
And lose where you came from
If no one is standing beside you
Be still and know I am
Be still and know that I'm with you
Be still and know I am
♥️God is standing with you. Psalm 34♥️

Renee' Hammack Posted at 03:24pm

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