Wallace James Bartek, 77, of Lake Belton died on May 25, 2013. Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home, followed by a Rosary service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Temple with Rev. James Ekeocha as celebrant and Rev. Rakshaganathan Selvaraj as concelebrant. Burial will follow at Bellwood Memorial Park.
Wallace was born on November 30, 1935 to Mille and Henry F. Bartek in the Stringtown community in Bell County. He graduated from Rosebud High School in 1953 and received his Associate of Applied Science Degree from Temple College in 1974, Bachelor of Science Degree from American Technological University in Criminal Justice in 1974, and was a graduate of the 93rd session of the FBI National Academy. He married Martha Jez on April 21, 1956.
He was a police officer for the City of Temple for 33 years, retiring in 1991 as Captain of Administration. After retirement, he was the owner/operator of M&W Auto Sales.
He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic minister. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1956 and was a charter member of Council 7197. He served as president of the Temple Police Association and SPJST Lodge 87 and was a member of the Optimist Club and the Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Ambassadors.
Wallace had a great love for his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren playing video games, attending their sporting events and boating on Lake Belton. He loved buying and selling cars, visiting with friends, working at the farm, and dancing with the love of his life, Martha. They celebrated their 57th anniversary this year.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Henry E. Bartek and a nephew, Curtis Bartek. Survivors include his wife, Martha Bartek; one daughter, Belinda Minzenmayer and husband, Bruce of Temple; two sons, Brice and wife, Cynthia, of Austin; Blane and wife, Gabie, of Hewitt; six grandchildren, Andrew Minzenmayer of College Station; Kathleen and Kelly Bartek of Austin; Alena and Justin Bartek of Hewitt; and Rachel Vaughn of Corpus Christi; one niece, Judy Cyr and husband, Ronald, of Joshua; and one nephew, Russell Bartek and wife, Debbie, of Belton.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the St. Luke's Coming Together in Faith Campaign, 2807 Oakdale, Temple, TX 76502.