Wallace James Bartek

November 30, 1935May 25, 2013
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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.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2013
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, May 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Robert Hicks

June 18, 2013

Mrs Bartek, I'm sorry for your loss. Mr. Bartek was one of the kindest people I knew. I always enjoyed our conversations we had out near the back fence. He will be missed by the Hicks family. We will continue to watch over the properties near our home. If you need anything please lets us know.

Chad Engbrock

June 4, 2013

Dear Martha:

As I've gotten older, every time I had the opportunity to see Wallace, which was usually far between, brought a smile. It was hard not to because he radiated a such warm smile himself. The two of you were and have been the best godparents one could ever hope for. May God grant you peace and comfort and I know Wallace is smiling down on all of us.

Love, Chad

Shelby Pagel

May 31, 2013

Dear Martha, so sorry to hear of Wallace's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless...Shelby Pagel

Blane Bartek

May 30, 2013

Dad, I love you and will miss you.

Judy Hicks

May 29, 2013

Martha: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May wonderful shared memories help keep him forever close to your hearts.

Earl and Pam Engbrock

May 29, 2013

Martha, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wallace was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. We wish you peace and comfort knowing he is in God's hands. May God bless your Family.

May 29, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Martha Bartek and family at this difficult time. Wallace was a good man. May your memories of the good times help you through the bad times. Glen and Patsy McKenzie

Dan & Tambra Wills

May 29, 2013

Tambra and I are deeply saddened by the news of Capt. Bartek's passing. We praise God for the Blessing of personally knowing such a Godly man. It was a true honor to have had the opportunity to work with, and be friends with Wallace and Martha. Our prayers of peace and comfort are offered to Martha and the Bartek family as they undoubtedly hurt and mourn. We take comfort in knowing in trust that Wallace is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus.

Bill Sapp

May 29, 2013

Captain Bartek was I am proud to say one of the finest people that I have ever known.our loss is heavens gain. Good bye old friend until we meet again.
Bill Sapp

May 29, 2013

There is always a smile when remembering Captain Bartek at work and play. My husband and I extend our sincere sympathy to Martha and family.

Liz and Eldon Brown