March 3, 1932 - January 8, 2019
William A. (Bill) Bartek, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday January 8, 2019. Bill was born on the family farm in Ulysses, on March 3, 1932, to William John and Mary Ann (Kobza) Bartek. The family moved from the farm to Lincoln in his early years where he grew up and graduated from Lincoln High School. He is a Korean War veteran having proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.
On June 11, 1955, he married Jamee Ellen Ewing in Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1959. After graduation, his career with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals brought him to Houston, Texas, where he retired in 1995 after 36 years. Bill loved his family and was an avid woodworker and do-it yourselfer. He loved spending time with his friends, was especially proud of his Czech heritage, and was a lifelong Cornhusker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jerome Bartek. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Jamee Ellen; his daughter Kim Upton and husband Richard; son Jim Bartek and wife Tina; his grandchildren William Bartek and wife Mary Ellen, Aimee Upton, and Thomas Bartek; his great-grandchildren Morris and Walter Bartek; sisters Dolores Steyer of Lincoln, Mary Ann Budler of Des Moines, Iowa; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Following a private Catholic Mass, graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18, at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038.
The family expresses special appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Sunrise of Cinco Ranch Senior Living and Sterling Oaks Rehabilitation & Specialty Care Center, Katy, Texas, for their exceptional devotion and kindness. He cherished his many friends while he was in residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to the Houston Area Parkinson Society, 2700 Southwest Freeway, Suite 296, Houston, Texas 77098, www.hapsonline.org; or the Woodworkers Club of Houston, Texas, Inc, Mr. David Janowitz 2429 McClendon St. Houston, TX 77030-1915, www.wwch.org.
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home 1344 W. Grand Parkway South, Katy, Texas. To express condolences, please visit SchmidtFuneralHome.net.