Bernard Joseph Betik passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Dallas Texas. He was born on March 19, 1938 in Creechville Texas to Joe and Frances Marusak Betik.
Yogi attended St. John High school, graduating in 1957 where he enjoyed playing baseball and acquired the nick
name “Yogi” after baseball great “Yogi” Berra. He married Nancy Kuchar on August 22, 1959 and made their home in Dallas, Texas. In 1965 they returned to Ennis and raised their six boys. In 1957, Yogi gained employment with Storebeck & Gregory as an apprentice in the Wood and Wire Metal Lathers Union Local 140. He proudly served as Local 140 President from 1962-1964. He was foreman on several large commercial projects such as the First Republic Bank Building and LBJ Library in Austin. Yogi worked briefly with his brother Wesley as a framer before starting his own company as a residential framing contractor which he continued until his retirement. Bernard was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and KJT.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and 6 sons, Steven and wife Suzie, Patrick, John and wife Cindy, Andrew, Henry and wife J’Layna, Damon and wife Carla, grandchildren, Laurie Butler and husband Blake, Corey, Chris, Brittany, Aviana , Maya, Bailey, Ben, Blair, Brooke, Colleen and Caroline and one great granddaughter Anniston Butler. He is also survived by 3 brothers, Joe, Wesley and Bob Betik, sisters; Lillie Crowley, Mary Trojacek, Mildred Trojacek, Ella Heard and Evelyn Slovak and numerous family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Helen Barrett. Yogi thoroughly enjoyed his life’s work as a framing contractor, visiting with friends and family, tinkering in his garden and traveling to the Czech Republic, and most recently celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Nancy and his children and grandchildren on a Hawaiian Cruise. Serving as Pallbearers are Corey Betik, Chris Betik, Ben Betik,
Blake Butler, Kevin Betik and Nathan Wensowitch. Honorary pallbearers are David Yancey, Eric Wenger, Bill Flaraty and Dr. Stuart Peak.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. in St. John Catholic Church of Ennis with Father Henry Drozd as celebrant under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.