John Eli Hammond

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  • "Oh daddy I love you! You are missed, and I am so glad you..."
    - Jenifer Hammond
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John was born December 13, 1932 to Agnes and William Hammond of Broken Bow, NE and passed to eternal life on October 12, 2011, after complications of Alzheimer's and a stroke. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Clear Lake City, TX, and he was buried on October 15, 2011 at the Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, TX.

Jack, as he was known, played fullback on the football team and graduated from Broken Bow, NE, with the class of 1950. He married his high school sweetheart, Joan Mohatt, daughter of Charles and Anna Mohatt, on August 19, 1952.

After attending a technical school in Kansas City, Mo., the family moved to Denver, Co. where he worked for the Martin-Marietta Co. where he helped test the Atlas Ballistic Missile. He and his family then moved to Houston, TX where he worked at NASA with a support team when the first manned space flight successfully was launched to the moon and safely returned. He was one of the first to shake the astronauts hands as they debarked into the quarantine facility at NASA. After his work at NASA, he became a licensed electrician and worked out of the Electrical Union Local #716 where he helped build a 30-story hotel and also helped build a nuclear power plant, as well as hospitals, shopping malls, and other structures through-out the Houston area. He later became a real estate inspector for buyers of newly constructed and resale homes.

Life was not all work and no play. John loved his family, attended church regularly, held all the babies, attended kids games, danced with all the ladies (all of whom were beautiful), and helped countless charitable organizations including Girl Scouts, 4H, the Catholic church, Habitat for Humanity, and in his last years he participated at the Baylor College of Medicine in experimental research to find a cure for Alzheimer's, and was a stranger to no one. John and Joan also enjoyed traveling and were privileged to have visited Hawaii, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland as well as many states in the United States. John also was an avid hunter (pheasants and deer), fisherman and camper.

John leaves behind his wife of 59 years Joan, four daughters-- Cathy and her husband, Greg Akromis, and two children, Hilary and Preston; Beverly and her husband, Mike Hammond, and two children, Rachel and Joshua; Jenifer Hammond, and Mary Wells and her husband, Chris Wells, and three children, Austin, Hailey, and Chloe. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Agnes Hammond, brother Leonard Hammond, and sister Alnetta Evans, wife of Bruce Evans. He is survived by one sister Angenette Adams-Denisia and her husband Don Denisia of Broken Bow, NE; five brothers and their wives, Marvin and Pearl Hammond of East Stroudsburg, PA; Robert and La Rue Hammond of Kearney, NE; Bill Hammond of Ceresco, NE; Earl and Beverly Hammond of Biloxi, MS and Larry and Marlis Hammond of Carmel, Indiana, a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Now he is happy and without pain resting in the arms of Jesus.

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