FJ “Chuck” Bednarcik
LONGVIEW – Francis John Bednarcik was born in Northampton, PA to John and Mary Bednarcik. He grew up in Northampton and Cementon, Pa. Helping his family with all kinds of chores and helping out in the family business, The Valley Hotel. This is where Chuck learned his many trades. Chuck graduated from Whitehall Public High School where he played trumpet, football and basketball. He was part of the debate team and was president of the senior class. He proudly won the calligraphy award.
In 1954, after graduating, he enlisted in the 28th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Sq. (SAC) and was eventually stationed in Thule, Greenland, as an electronic navigation equipment repairer and specialist in radars.
Chuck received his industrial engineering degree from Penn State University in evening school while working at Cryotherm in Fogelsville, PA, where he was involved in the development of insulation and packaging materials. He had other diverse and interesting careers as an industrial engineer for Mack Truck. He also worked for Sealy Mattress Co. in Rensselaer, IN and opened the Sealy Spring factory in Delano, PA. He was a plant manager for Datacom in Berwick, PA and opened the Datacom plant in Longview TX in 1979. After Datacom, he owned and operated Texas Crown Chemicals, a water treatment supplier. He retired from INA in Longview as an oil and gas right-of-way agent in Colorado and Texas.
Chuck also had many accomplishments and hobbies including leading the Cubs pack, fishing, boating, woodworking, and golfing. (He even made a hole in one shot). He had his single-engine pilot license. He was an automobile enthusiast who could name the year and model of a car by looking at the headlights. Even though he had a very detailed mind, he was also very creative. He loved origami, decorating cakes, cooking, designing annual family Christmas decorations, and teaching his grandchildren who called him Pop.
Chuck was married to Helen Hay Bednarcik for many years and had 2 sons, Scott and Gary. She predeceased him in death in 1995.
He married Nancy Dillard Goldwater in 2003. They had many happy years together. While on a trip, an exciting trip was to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Chuck is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy, and sons Scott (Kerri) and Gary Bednarcik. Stepchildren Elizabeth Harrison (Robert Taylor) and Andrew Goldwater (Angela). Grandchildren Brooks Bednarcik, Johnathon and Jessica Bednarcik, step-grandchildren Joshua and Ethan Harrison, Brianna and Makayla Goldwater, and Abbi and Andrew Taylor. The siblings are Mary Ann Weaver, Bernadette Fegely, Robert Bednarcik and Dennis Bednarcik. Sister-in-law Mary Bird and several nieces and nephews.
Chuck was a man of integrity and always had a positive attitude. He loved God, his family and his country. His humorous and caring concern for his family and his inquisitive mind will be sadly missed. He was a special and remarkable man.
The family would like to thank all of the staff who looked after Chuck at Christus Good Shepard, Select Specialty and Texas Home Health.