George Brtek 1932-2024

George Brtek 1932-2024

George John Brtek, CMSgt. USAF (Ret.), 91, born May 25, 1932, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024.

Born in Bejou, Minn., and passing in Omaha, Neb., George was raised on a family farm near Bejou with seven siblings. Upon graduation from Mahnomen High School in 1950, he joined the United States Air Force, where he rose to the rank of CMSgt.

While in the Air Force, George was an inflight refueling operator. He flew on Boeing KC-135 and KC-97 tankers. He was stationed at Tucson, Ariz., Bermuda, Rapid City, S.D., Grand Forks, N.D., Atwater, Calif., and Bellevue, Neb.

While in Bermuda, George met his future wife, Beth Fritts. They were married Aug. 8, 1964, in Topeka at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. They were active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bellevue, Neb.

George was skilled at woodworking and made many beautiful and intricate gifts for family and friends. George and Beth enjoyed nine cruises with friends and family over the years including returning to Bermuda where they met. He was a lover of all things outdoors including camping, fishing, hunting, waterskiing and golf. George excelled at handball and racketball.

After 31 years of service, he retired from the Air Force in 1982 and became a mail carrier in South Omaha. He worked for the USPS for 12 years, retiring again in 1994. He will be remembered for his ready smile and his love of family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Irene (Rock) Brtek; a brother, Bernard Brtek; sisters, Vera Gorder and Virginia Anderson; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. 

He is survived by his wife Beth (Johnson/Fritts) Brtek; son John (Margaret) Brtek of Bellevue, Neb.; daughters Becky (Vic) Grollmes of Holton and LeAnn Brtek of Bellevue, Neb.; five grandchildren: Greg (Amber) Grollmes, Amy (Hunter) Howe and Johnny, Amberly and Brittney Brtek; seven great-grandchildren, Tarynn, Ellie, Lawson, Berkleigh, Henry, Saylor and Brooks; siblings Donald Brtek, Tony (Dorene) Brtek, Valeria (Richard) Pavlish and Cynthia McCollum; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Neb. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard. To view a live broadcast of the service, go to the website below and click the link on the Brtek obituary.

Bellevue Memorial Chapel, Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, 2202 Hancock St., Bellevue, Neb., (402) 291-5000, is in charge of arrangements.


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