• November 23, 2014

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Adelbert P. Bartek

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Services for Adelbert P. Bartek will be at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. A reception will follow at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home.

Mr. Bartek died Nov. 28, 2013. He was born April 28, 1933, in Temple to Albert and Della Bartek.

He grew up in Airville and moved to Hood Village in the early ’40s. He attended Camp Hood High School and graduated from Fort Hood High School in 1952. It was in high school he met his future wife, Betsy Frese.

During high school, he distinguished himself in football and track. In 1952, he received a free scholarship in track to SMU in Dallas.

After college, Mr. Bartek was commissioned as second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and became a pilot. Retiring after 20 years, he worked 18 years as a safety director for South Florida Water Management District and the city of West Palm Beach.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Growing up on a farm, he had a great appreciation of nature and gardening. He especially enjoyed a trip to his cousins, Green Sausage House in Zabcikville.

Mr. Bartek was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Della Bartek; twin brother, Albert; and sisters, Annabelle Meyers and La Nelle Walts.

Survivors include his wife, Betsy; daughter, Karen Finlan; granddaughters, Kristen, Anna and Alyssa; sister, Jo Mildred Humphrey; nieces, Lisa (deceased), Jan, JoAnn, Peggy, Jerri Ann and Mitzi; nephews, George P., James Dean, Bubba, Rodney and Benny; sister-in-law, Pam; and brothers-in-law George, Chick, James and Bill (deceased).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scott & White Hospice Temple.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of arrangements.

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