Former Corcoran resident, John L. Cato (VHS ‘56) died on December 27, 2015 in Kingwood, Texas after a courageous battle with COPD. His strong heart finally gave out.
John was born in Kalispell, Montana on March 20, 1938 to John F. and Elizabeth Cato.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Oleta Richards; his son, John F. Cato; and daughter, Jana Niemeyer (Chris) all of Kingwood. John was Poppa to six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. John is also survived by his brother Gary Cato (Glenda) of Sonora, Ca. His sisters Ellen Bogart (Gerry) of Florence, Ore., Colleen Gray (Terry) of Cut Bank Montana, Marilyn Quaccia of Hawaii and Georgia Quaccia of Washington, many nieces and nephews and many friends.
John was a loyal friend and good neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand when needed. He was the first to admit that he loved giving advice, even on things he didn’t know much about. He was an avid sports fan and fly fisherman. He told wonderful stories (some of which were true). He loved to make people laugh. John was a highly skilled gourmet cook, his specialty was French food. He enjoyed making an entire meal for large parties of friends and delegating clean up to his wife. He was an outdoorsman and prior to his illness, he enjoyed landscaping and working in his yard. John also loved to travel.
John lived a complete and full life and left nothing on the table.
The family would like to thank John’s many VHS friends who have kept in touch during John’s illness. It meant the world to him.
Per his wishes he was cremated with his ashes to be brought home to Montana.
Messages of condolence can be left at Kingwood Observer, John Cato.