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James P. John

It's not the end of the trail for me, 

I’m just headin’ out to the light I see. 

Beyond those mountains there’s a soft glow;

It’s getting’ brighter the closer I go.

It’s like the beginning of a new day. 

And the trail I’m followin’ leads the way. 

I feel sure there’s friends and family ahead, 

And they’ve set up camp on a brand new spread. 

Yes, I can hear the voices callin’ my name, 

Sayin’, “Welcome, sure glad you came,

This new range is special, you’ll like it here, 

There’s grass for your horses, the streams are clear, 

The cattle are gentle and never stampede, 

And in every direction there’s plenty of feed.

If you’re thinkin’ it sounds too good to be true,

It’s not – ‘cause the Boss made a promise to you. 

If you’d ride for his brand, be honest and square, 

He’d relive all your pain, and remove every care. 

He was mighty pleased with your life on earth, 

That you did your best, and proved your worth. 

So step off your horse, and tied on up, 

Your friends are all waiting to poor you a cup. 

We’ll talk about old days, as time allows, 

‘cause startin’ tomorrow you’ll be working cows!

--Author unknown


James P. John, 72, of Cuero passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021. He was born February 18, 1949 at Yorktown Hospital to the late Paul and Elenora Bock John. He lived on the farm in Cotton Patch. They later moved to Cuero where he graduated from high school in 1967. He met the loving and devoted Mary Janysek in Rungee and they later married August 8, 1970 in Panna Maria, Texas. In 1981, their pride and joy James Cody John, came into their lives. 

James was a master gardener that could grow anything and could turn a quarter into a dollar, taught to him by his grandfather S.P. Bock and his grandmother Martha John. He was known and admired for his exceptional work ethic, always taking on side jobs in addition to his fulltime job to provide for his family.  Some of his many jobs included working as a truck delivery driver for 7UP, a salesman in the saddle department for TexTan, Gulf Coast cabinet division, the plant superintendent for Timco, sales representative for Farm Bureau, and many locals knew him as their longtime propane delivery man. After his working years, he retired to a life at home watching unlimited Western movies including Gun Smoke and his all-time favorite Magnificent 7 which he could quote in English and Spanish. During retirement, in 2019 he took on another special role as Grandpa to Sunny Estelle John.  

When God made James, he broke the mold. He was referred to endearingly by his loved ones as James P., Dad, Brother, Grandpa, Uncle James, The Colonel, Double J, Jimbo, and Jimmy. James was unforgettable to all he met. He will be remembered as a larger-than-life personality who never met a stranger, always wearing a dirty cowboy hat, a chaw in his cheek, and pants stuffed into his boots. The world will forever miss how he lit up a room with his conversation and storytelling.  Until we all meet again, as James would say when he ran into someone, “You bring the steaks and I’ll bring the potatoes.”

James is survived by his dear wife, Mary, who is the epitome of eternal love, patience, and compassion through sickness and health.  His loving and devoted son who he was most proud of, J. Cody John and wife, Kimberly, of Bryan; sister, Helen SeeKamp and husband, Craig, of Yoakum; brothers, Dennis John and wife, Melinda, of Yoakum and Philip John and wife, Valeria, of Cuero; and granddaughter, Sunny Estelle John of Bryan.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Our family is deeply grateful for the village that cared for James including his dear neighbors, the Netardus family, his siblings, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Special thanks to life-long friends, the Steen family. Great gratitude to Administrator Margaret Krause, Margaret, Claudia, Nancy, Karen, Caroline, and Samantha (of Cuero Home Health), Dr. Willers, and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales for exceptional and compassionate care over the years. And special gratitude to Freund Funeral Home for their patience and kindness during this time.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.m on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Freund Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. with Deacon Leo Sharron officiating. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Jeremiah John, Morgan SeeKamp, Trevor SeeKamp, Shelton Buenger, Zack Schumann, Jason Polasek, Steven Ibrom, and David Janysek. Honorary pallbearers include Bubba Steen, Anthony and Jennifer Netardus, Olivia Netardus, Audrey Netardus, Isabelle Netardus, Samuel Netardus, Brianna Helmke, and Hollie Helmke.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friar Ag Center in Cuero or Polish Heritage Center, FM 81, Panna Maria, Texas 78144.

You may sign the guest book or send condolences at www.freundfuneralhome.com.

Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.

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