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Ervin Lee Patek

29 July, 19454 January, 2021
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Ervin Lee Patek, 75, of Moulton, Texas passed away on January 4, 2021. Ervin was born in Shiner on July 29, 1945 to Victor and Annie Patek, Sr. He attended St. Ludmila Catholic School in Shiner, Texas. Ervin owned Patek’s Grocery store in Moulton, Texas where he worked with his wife, Mary, for over 40 years. Ervin was also a proud member of the Moulton Knights of Columbus, Moulton Lion’s Club amongst many other community organizations including serving the city of Moulton as a councilman/mayor for over 23 years.

Ervin was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially with his grandchildren, and many many friends and family! His zest for life and giving heart will remembered by all who have met him and he will be greatly missed.

Ervin is survived by his son Matthew and wife Stephanie, daughter Ann and her husband Jacob as well as six grandchildren. Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Pilat Patek, his parents, his brother, Marvin, & his sister Dorothy Fojtik.

A visitation for Ervin will be held Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Smith Funeral Home in Moulton, Texas. A rosary will occur Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9:30 AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 AM officiated by Father Gabriel Maison. Burial will occur Monday, January 11, 2021 at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Moulton, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers are Tyler Heller, Cameron Kresta, Jake Jalufka, Cole Jalufka, Marty Patek and Curtis Patek.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made in honor of Ervin to the Moulton Knights of Columbus, the Moulton Lion’s Club, Moulton Chamber of Commerce, or the Moulton Booster Club.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Patek family.

Smith Funeral Home - 404 West Bobkat Dr., Moulton, Tx 77975 Phone #361-596-4631


  • Mary Patek, Wife (deceased)
  • Victor Patek Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Annie Targac Patek, Mother (deceased)
  • Matt Patek (Stephanie), Son
  • Ann Heller (Jacob), Daughter
  • Victor Patek Jr., Brother
  • Michael Patek, Brother
  • Marvin Patek, Brother (deceased)
  • Ann Meyer, Sister
  • Carol Smith, Sister
  • Dodie Bannert, Sister
  • Darlene Kresta, Sister
  • Rosie Ross, Sister
  • Dorothy Fojtik, Sister (deceased)
  • Abryn, Grandchild
  • Ryen, Grandchild
  • Parker, Grandchild
  • Tyler, Grandchild
  • Emmy, Grandchild
  • Olivia, Grandchild

  • Tyler Heller, Pallbearer
  • Cameron Kresta, Pallbearer
  • Jake Jalufka, Pallbearer
  • Cole Jalufka, Pallbearer
  • Marty Patek, Pallbearer
  • Curtis Patek, Pallbearer

  • Moulton Knights of Columbus
  • Moulton Lion's Club
  • Moulton Chamber of Commerce
  • Moulton Booster Club


  • Visitation

    Sunday, 10 January , 2021

  • Rosary

    Monday, 11 January , 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, 11 January , 2021

  • Burial

    Monday, 11 January , 2021


Ervin Lee Patek

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Travis Shaw

13 January 2021

I am so sorry for the loss of a great friend. I worked for Ervin and Mary as my first job at the store when I was in school, they were amazing people who Our condolences are with the family.

Ronnie Moser

12 January 2021

I, unlike most of you folks haven’t known Erv as long as you! I met him when Matt invited us to go fishing with him in Rock Port several years ago all the young guys bailed out of the truck first and when I got he said thank goodness they brought an old guy with them! We hit it off and he invited us down to fish with him and his friends every year! He came up to our part of the country and hunted with us the last couple of years! We didn’t care much about shooting deer, but wore the pigs out! Some of the best times I ever spent was in a blind and wading the bay with Erv! I’m going to miss him! Such a good man and a dear friend!

Ray Bacak

11 January 2021

Matthew, Ann, and Family: My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your Dad. Moulton joins you in this big loss to our community. I am still regaining my strength after my bout and hospitalization with COVID and decided not to join in your grief at his funeral. May he rest in peace

Ofelia(Perez) Sepulveda

11 January 2021

Our condolence to the Patek family.

Georgie Herman

10 January 2021

So sorry to hear about Ervin. Our condolences to his family and siblings. We know he was very involved in the Moulton community and will be missed! Georgia (Valis) and Louis Herman

David and Delores Raab

10 January 2021

Ervin did so much in our community and he will be greatly missed, our sincere sympathy to the family. May he Rest In Peace together with Mary🙏🏻🙏🏻

Scott & Tiffany Brown

9 January 2021

Our deepest sympathies to the family. Ervin was a great man and we were blessed to call him friend. God Bless

Michael Biehunko

9 January 2021

I was shocked and saddened for the untimely death of Ervin. I have know Ervin and his late wife Mary for some 40 plus years. I grew up right up the road from Ervin and Mary. They were good friends of my mom and dad Taylor and Leona Biehunko. Ervin was a definitely and entrepreneur and helped get the first motel in Moulton "The Moulton Inn". My dad Taylor was good friends of Ervin dad being much older Ervin named him "Popps". He and dad were fishing buddies for many years. They had so many good times together. My dad passed away in 2010 and Ervin was a pallbearer for him. I know dad was definitely one of the first Moultonites to great him into heaven. May god bring his blessings upon the entire family.

Dale Moser

7 January 2021

Mr Erv greeted me the first time I got out of the truck at his fishing cabin, like I’d been there a hundred times, and he couldn’t wait for me to get there again. I watched him greet my dad, and several of my buddies for the first time, that same way, when they met him for the first time. He did so for several years, in the exact same manner.

Ol Erv was positively in his element when he was waist deep in the waters around Rockport. No one loved to catch trout more than he did, and he caught plenty while the rest of us rookies struggled to get bit. He was pretty in his element shooting hogs too. My last great memory of my friend Erv was picking up he and my dad from the deer blind where they had shot 6 hogs between them, until they just “didn’t want to reload anymore”. I’ll never forget how fast he was talking about all the pigs they’d shot, as I gathered them all up. But fishing, nor hunting, were close to being Erv’s best talent...that was being Pop.

Anyone who had the privilege of calling Erv a friend, is better for that chance, but none more than those lucky enough to call him Pop. Those lucky kiddos had their time cut short. But they’re also very lucky for the time they had.

I’ll forever be grateful for the short time I got to share with you, sir. Rest easy, Mr Erv. We will share a beer again.


7 January 2021


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