Robby J. Ford was born on December 17, 1972 in Houston, Texas and passed away at 49 years of age on January 3, 2022 due to a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his mother, Virgie Ford Walker and stepfather, Graham Ross Walker; his loving daughter, Alexis Leigh Ford; stepfather, Benjamin James Jalufka; grandfather, Robert E. Hoot of Riverside, Texas; Joann Hoot of Gonzales and half-sister, Jamie Hoot. Godmother Holly Payne of Houston as well as many cousins and three nieces also survived him.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Joe and Shirley Ford of Gonzales; father, James Russell Hoot; grandmother Olive Hoot and great-aunt Virgie Lee Emmons Dechman and cousin Mij Dechman.
Robby lived in Junction,Texas, a few years as a child and loved it. He'd go back to Junction just to see that part of the Hill Country and visit the Ingram Ranch where Johnson Creek flowed through where he lived.
He graduated from Gonzales High School and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos for two years studying journalism. He was inspired and eventually got a job with the Gonzales Inquirer as a reporter and he loved it!
Robby played the drums from junior high until he graduated from Gonzales High School. His mom purchased his first drum set for him at 5 years old (a Muppet one at that), but was drumming on pots and pans when he was a baby. His love for music and drums definitely showed up early. He had a lot of respect for the old drummers like Buddy Rich and many others.
Robby was in several bands over the years, too many to remember. When he was in school, his band practiced in the family barn and all of the boys were like his mom’s sons. He loved all of his musician friends and old high school friends and kept in touch with them.
Robby loved his animals, even insects, and could tell you anything about them. His first big interest in scorpions was when our neighbor, Jill Barnett gave him two emperor scorpions she'd ended up with after a Vacation Bible School, much to his mom’s chagrin. There were several other different scorpion species from what his mom believes was a pet shop in San Marcos.
He loved barbecuing and making meals that generally all involved barbeque. He even published some of his recipes in the Inquirer. He was also an AVID Star Wars fan from a very early age, a BIG Nebraska Cornhuskers fan who generally loved all college games and loved to fish. He loved camping out back with his good friend, Matt Aquirre.
Robby won several awards for writing while working for the inquirer and loved his work there. He especially enjoyed doing human interest stories and everyone appreciated his down to earth writing. He met so many kind people in Gonzales and they appreciated him immensely.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 5 at the Elks Lodge in Gonzales from 5 to 9 p.m.