Born on April 4, 1933
RICHARD "REESE" WACHEL
HUMBLE - Richard "Reese" Norbert Wachel, 80, of Humble, passed away from cancer peacefully at his home on April 17, 2013. He was born in Bremond, Texas on April 4, 1933 to Victoria Bielamowicz & Peter Wachel.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1955 in Bryan, Texas. While living in Bryan, he and his cousin went to a dance at Bill Mraz in Houston, where he met the love of his life, Rita Magdalene Cejka. He would tell his children that he saw her on the side of the road picking cotton barefoot and he rescued her. He liked to joke like that.
They were married in Hallettsville, Texas at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on August 7, 1954 and moved to Houston to work and raise a family. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humble, Texas.
Reese and his brother, William 'Oscar', opened a service station and mechanic shop. Originally the business was under Humble Oil, which later became Enco, then Exxon and finally a Conoco in Humble, Texas. They operated the station for over 40 years. Even though there were many days that he worked over 16 hours at the station, he never complained.
During this time he also started a cattle operation in Hallettsville.
He really enjoyed spending his days off working and improving the farm.
He never missed Sunday Mass, until he became too ill to attend. He would still enjoy watching it on TV and having the Eucharistic Minister come over.
His favorite holidays were Easter and 4th of July, and that is when he loved to make barbeque. He would start early in the morning and brag about his secret barbeque sauce recipe. He loved fishing for flounder and yellow catfish, and he would always say, "They are the best eating!"
When he retired, instead of sitting on a rocking chair, he went and bought a second ranch in Hallettsville. He built a new house, planted pecan trees, tilled a plentiful garden for his grandkids, tended his cows, babied his bulls, fished and held many family gatherings. Reese especially enjoyed spending time with his wife, her good cooking and baking, polka dancing, and playing bingo.
Reese is survived by his loving wife, Rita of 58 years.
He is, also, survived by his 7 children: Mary Okruhlik and her husband Ed, Katy; Jennifer Novak, Humble; Loretta Shurtleff and her husband Andy, Kingwood; Donna Altomari and her husband Joe, Houston; Darrell Wachel and his wife Mieko, Hallettsville; Debbie Sewell and her husband David, Kingwood; Rita Earle and her husband Pat, Joelton, TN; and his 13 grandchildren: Brent Novak and his wife, Sheila, Houston; Laura Okruhlik, San Diego; Meghan Novak, Houston; Holly Okruhlik, Gonzales; Rita Okruhlik, Houston; Ashley Wachel, Kerrville; Layton Shurtleff, Eugene, OR; Jessica Sewell, Oxford, MS; Hilary Shurtleff, Austin; Zach Okruhlik, Austin; Emily Sewell, Denton; Reese Wachel, Hallettsville; and Jackson Earle, Joelton, TN.
Reese is, also, survived by his brothers: Marion Wachel, Jacinto City; Roland 'Butch' Wachel, Temple; his sister, Alyne Stilley, Killeen; and his sister-in-law, Betty Wachel, Bremond.
Reese was preceded in death by his parents, Victoria and Peter Wachel and his brothers, Kie Wachel, Floyd Wachel, William 'Oscar' Wachel, and Leonard 'Jack' Wachel.
The family would like to thank his health care providers and for the love and support from family and friends.
Celebration Funeral Mass Service: 10 am, Monday, April 22, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Hallettsville. Visitation: 4 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Rosary: 6 pm, Sunday, at Kubena Funeral Home. Officiate: Msgr. John Peters. Reese would like to be remembered with prayers and mass dedications. Memorial Donations: Sacred Heart Church or Sacred Heart School. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.