John Louis ‘Hoody’ Estlinbaum

John Louis Estlinbaum

John Louis ‘Hoody’ Estlinbaum 
December 26, 1938 - July 1, 2016
   John Louis “Hoody” Estlinbaum, 77, of Bay City passed away on July 1, 2016. 
      He was born on December 26, 1938, in Bay City, Texas, to the late Clyde and Maggie Estlinbaum and lived his entire life in Matagorda County. 
   Hoody farmed rice and row crop in Matagorda and Wharton Counties for 42 years before retiring after the 2000 harvest. 
   After working briefly for the Texas Department of Agriculture, he fully retired and became a full-time husband and grandfather. 
   Hoody was married for 50 years to the love of his life, Shelby Williamson Estlinbaum, until she passed away on May 22, 2010. 
   Together, they raised two sons: Craig Estlinbaum and his wife, Julie; and Mike Estlinbaum and his wife, Jessica. Hoody is also survived by three grandchildren, Drew Estlinbaum and his wife, Kaleigh; Matt Estlinbaum and Shelby Estlinbaum. 
   Hoody’s two sons and three grandchildren all reside in Bay City.
Hoody’s survivors also include a sister, Lola, of Spring Branch, Texas, and five nephews and nieces: Deb Huitt Fieldsend, Jodi Matteson, Cat Huitt, Adam Huitt, and Brad Huitt. 
   He is survived also by his brother-in-law Mike Williamson and his wife Kay and by his dear friend and companion, Sue Crow, of Bay City.
Hoody attended Bay City schools and graduated from Bay City High School in 1957. 
   After attending Texas Lutheran College in Seguin for two years where he played football and baseball, he returned home to Bay City to marry his high school sweetheart and start his farming career. 
   In 1994, Hoody and Shelby were named Matagorda County Rice Farmers of the Year.  
   A dedicated community volunteer and public servant, Hoody served two terms on the Bay City ISD School Board of Trustees in the 1970’s and on many church boards and offices throughout his life. 
   Hoody was a Wesley Class member at his church for six decades and sang in the church choir for over forty years. 
   Hoody loved to bar-b-que and fry fish in great quantities and was known far and wide for his homemade peach ice cream. The list of individuals and organizations he cooked for and served through the years is endless.
An avid outdoorsman and youth sports supporter, Hoody hunted deer, quail and dove and enjoyed fishing the surf and area bays. 
   He coached youth baseball teams in Bay City in three decades - the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s - nd served as Little League equipment manager and all around handy-man for many years. 
   He was a Black Cat football season ticket holder for over 50 years and was a fixture at local youth and high school baseball games. 
   He could often be found on the bleacher’s top row with a snow cone, cheering the local team or a friend’s grandson to victory.
The family will receive visitors and fellow mourners at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
   There will be a celebration of life memorial service at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, Rev. Dr. Russ Munch, officiating. 
   Pallbearers are Steve Gasaway, Doug Huebner, David Kristynik, Billy Mann, Bill Orton, Malcolm “Buzzy” Romine, William Townsend and Greg Westmoreland. 
   With deep gratitude, the family asks in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions in Hoody’s honor be made to First United Methodist Church, 2300 Ave. H, Bay City TX, or to the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department, 1920 6th Street, Bay City TX, whose heroic efforts on Hoody’s behalf will never be forgotten by his family.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613

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