Joseph Wendell Bashioum Jr.


Joseph Wendell Bashioum Jr., 81, of Amarillo, TX beloved husband, father and Papa moved to his new residence on April 26, 2022.

Services will be at 3:00 P.M., Friday, April 29, 2022, at Hillside Christian Church Chapel with Greg Corona officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

The kind and gentle soul that some called “Joe” and others called “Wendell” was born on November 7, 1940, in Scottdale, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Agnes Bashioum. They moved to Texas as soon as they could get there.

Wendell married the love of his life, Gaylon Casstevens, and recently celebrated 60 years of marriage together.

Wendell served 5 years in the United States Navy. While serving as a Seabee he learned the skill of auto mechanics. He then took that skill and applied it while working for Hermsmeyer Toyota and Volkswagen. Wendell loved cars and his need for speed was put in to action while racing motorcycles, Volkswagen’s, and stock cars.
Wendell left the mechanic scene and began working for Allstate as an Insurance Adjuster. He retired in 2002.

Wendell loved living life. He did and was all things “fun”. Camping, motorcycles, square dancing, boating, fishing, water skiing, banjo picking, guitar playing etc. He made the most of his days and he made them count. He was a jack of all trades. He could build and fix almost everything and sometimes with duct tape. His greatest honor was being a Dad to his girls. He taught us to work hard and made sure we knew how to change the oil, drive a stick shift, and change a tire.

Daddy could sing and put that gift in to motion by becoming a square dance caller while belonging to Ye Ole Squares and Wagoneer’s square dance clubs.

Together with mom they raised us in a Christian home teaching us the value of knowing and trusting God at all times.

He was the captain of “pull my finger” but could not tell a joke to save his life.

Sometimes Daddy entered a task by starting from the end. Things such as wanting to move to the country but getting a cow and goose first that had to be housed in the back yard of our city home.
His dream of moving to the country finally came true in 1976 by purchasing a 3 acre “farm”.

Survivors include his wife, Gaylon Bashioum; brother, Thomas Bashioum; daughters, Gwendolyn Bashioum (Tommy), and Julie Smith (Harry); grandchildren, Sydney McFall (Clint), Cameron Kleinschmidt (Paris); and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, April 28, 2022, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

10 Replies to “Joseph Wendell Bashioum Jr.”

  1. Blessings to you and your family Gaylon. I remember Wendell dancing with all of us girls that didn’t have a partner. What a nice and fun man. I always wondered how things were with yall after I moved on from the PACU back in the 90’s. Our good Lord is watching over you thank goodness. Karla Kelly

  2. I am so sorry to read of Wendell’s passing. I really enjoyed sitting next to him in choir and hearing some of his tales. He is now singing with the angels. Please know that I am thinking of your family at this time.

  3. What a beautiful tribute you girls shared with us. He loved both of you and Gaylon so much and was extremely proud of all of you. I am sorry that I am out of town and will not be able to attend the services but I will be thinking of all of you . It is such a comfort to know he is with his family who have gone on to wait for him. What a celebration is going on in heaven right now.

  4. I was so sad to hear about Wendell. We all really enjoyed singing in Choir at church with him and Gaylon for all those years. May God bless and comfort all of you in this difficult time.

  5. What a blessing to have known Wendell and his family! James and I are so sorry to hear of his passing over Jordan but rejoice knowing he’s in the presence of our Lord and Savior! We’ll see him on the other side in the meantime will be praying for his precious family.
    James and Kay Langham

  6. We were so sorry to hear that our friend and neighbor of 45 years has past. Our prayers and thoughts are with Gaylon and the girls🙏

  7. It’s so sad to lose friends even when we haven’t seen each other in years. You will be missed. I always remembered how kind you were.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a sweet man, and we were honored to know him even if for a short time. We are especially thankful for his influence on his grandson who links our families together with yours. We are praying for your comfort. May his memory be always for a blessing.

  9. I love you Uncle Wendell! I know you’re with Jesus now and I rejoice in that. Your reunion with Pappy and Grandmother and my daddy, Dennis, must have been something special. It makes me smile. You were a precious husband, daddy, son, Grandpa and Uncle. I look forward to seeing you again some day. ~Allie

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