Gilbert "Gil" BARTOSH Sr.
1930 - 2016
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BARTOSH, Sr., Gilbert "Gil"
Gilbert "Gil" C. Bartosh Sr. of Liberty Hill, TX, passed away on June 4, 2016. Gil was born on May 21, 1930, to Anastasia Stasny and Charles Bartosh of Granger, TX. Gil was a football star at Granger High School in the 1940's earning the nickname "Granger Ghost" after a dynamic offensive performance in a fog-filled football game against Rockdale.

He went on to star at TCU under Coach Dutch Meyer, earning All-Southwest Conference recognition in 1950 while leading the league in total offense. He led TCU in both rushing and passing that season, a record that still stands today. In 1951, Gil helped lift the Frogs to a SWC title and a trip to the Cotton Bowl.

He served as a U.S. Naval officer during the Korean conflict and played service football for the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka Seahawks. One of Gil's most prized possessions was the Army-Navy game ball he was awarded in Pusan, Korea, in 1953. In 1954, Gil's team capped a perfect season by going 11-0 outscoring opponents by a combined total of 391-41. The team was crowned Central Command Conference champions. Gil was named to the Central Command all-star team and was the top vote getter for the offensive backfield.

After leaving the military, Gil played one season of professional football in the CFL for the British Columbia Lions, leading the team in scoring before moving on to the coaching ranks. Gil accumulated an exceptional coaching record at four different Texas Class 5A high schools: Houston Robert E. Lee, Houston Milby, Odessa Permian and Midland Lee. His 1972 state championship team at Odessa Permian was regarded as one of the best schoolboy teams in Texas history, at that time, and was awarded the "mythical" national championship. His college coaching career included stints at Rice, Texas A&M, University of Texas El Paso and the University of New Mexico.

In 1974, Gil was awarded WAC co-coach of the year. Gil was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1989, the TCU Letterman's Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1995. Gil will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his competitive spirit, and his love of family.

Gil is preceded in death by his parents an older brother Richard and an infant daughter, Anna Marie.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bettye Nell (Cervenka) , his younger brother Charles (Pete) and wife Susan, children Gilbert Jr. and wife Risa, Jan and husband Bryan Novosad, Joy and husband Steve Helbing, Holly and husband Robert Sarcinella, Kristy and husband Glen Fradenberg, and Becky and husband Abe Vanderberry. Gil and Bettye have a total of fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Providence Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.

Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Georgetown, Texas with burial to follow at 3:00 P.M. in the Granger City Cemetery.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to U.S. Memory Care, Cedar Park, TX and Kindred Healthcare-Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Gil.


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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jun. 7 to Jun. 8, 2016.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
8
Visitation
06:00 - 08:00 PM
JUN
9
Funeral Mass
10:00 AM
St. Helen Catholic Church
JUN
9
Burial
03:00 PM
Granger City Cemetery
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June 14, 2016
Sorry to hear of the loss of coach..I just got off the phone with coach Johnny Williams who informed me of his passing..our settings were few but the impact is timeless.. Thanks coach..l MHS.1981
James beverly
June 10, 2016
As a TCU fan, I will always remember Gil as having as much talent as anyone who ever played for the Frogs. God bless and sleep warm Gil.
Raymond May
June 10, 2016
Holly and I were co-workers for a long time and she used to tell me stories about her dad. I know he was very special to her.
My condolences to the family.
Nancy Bolf
June 9, 2016
Gilbert will be greatly missed. He was such a gentleman. He would laugh when I called him a bohemian. Fly high Gilbert until we meet again one day. God bless his family.
Life Assistant at US Memory Care
Donna
Donna Thomison
June 8, 2016
I was always proud to call Gil my friend. He was not only a good athlete and coach, but was he was a good man. May he rest in peace.
Scotty Alcorn
June 8, 2016
Gilbert Bartosh was and remains one of my life's influences and inspirations. His unyielding determination to make each day the best it could possibly be, his soft spoken humor, his infectious smile... qualities he possessed that reminded me of their importance to our quality of life and to the quality of everyone we meet with each day. I will miss him dearly yet accept his angel wings to shelter me in the times I need it most.
Bettye, you are the woman, wife, and mother I aspire to be in the sunset of my journey. My thoughts, prayers and meditations include you and yours, always.
With sincere condolences,
Terri Baroden
US Memory Care, Cedar Park
Terri Baroden
June 8, 2016
Time to truly celebrate a life WELL lived.
May God bless your family in this time of sorrow. We always called he house next door on Ridgeway , the Bartosh house.
Charly Warren
June 8, 2016
May God grant your family peace during this time of loss. Coach Bartosh was a great leader, teacher, and role model. . I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for Coach Bartosh at Midland Lee. He taught me so many things that helped me enjoy success in athletics and my professional career. I know he had a positive impact on so many. He will be missed. My prayers are with your family at this time.
Gary Butler
June 7, 2016
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Joe and Dorothy Vrabel
June 7, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Patrick Vrabel
June 7, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss. Coach Bartosh recruited me to go to Rice and was one of the best decisions in my life. He was a great guy and a great coach to play for!
Kim Malone
June 7, 2016
We are very sorry to hear of your loss and extend our deepest condolences. May the God of all comfort allow peaçe of mind to find its way to you with each passing day as you feel his warm embrace during this difficult time.
June 7, 2016
My condolences and prayers go out to the family. Coach Bartosh was not only my high school coach he also brought me to UTEP. I will always have fond memories of him. He will be missed.
Steve Hurt
June 7, 2016
I am a graduate of Milby High School and always respected and admired Gil's coaching skills. Truly a great man.

Bill Keese
June 7, 2016
May God Bless the family in this difficult time and may the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Alice and Melissa Hajda
June 7, 2016
My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
Sushma Nair
June 7, 2016
My thoughts are with the family in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort during these difficult days. Ps. 9:9,10
June 7, 2016
Holly,

You and your family have our deepest condolences and are in our prayers.
Mike Boismier
June 6, 2016
As a member on the 1972 team, I will always have fond memories of Coach Bartosh. May God bless him and his family.

Grady Wilkerson
Grady Wilkerson
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