Jimmie (Wildman) Barta, 94, died peacefully at his home in Victoria, Texas, on Friday, May 14 after a short illness. He was comforted by family and friends.
He was born October 21, 1926 in Violet, Texas, lived his early life and graduated from Flour Bluff High School. He was a resident of Victoria, Texas for over 65 years. Jimmie is survived by his partner Shirley Grubert, his brother Alvin Barta, and his three children, Roger Barta (Diana), James Barta (Estelle), and Linda Hanzelka (Tommy Bacle). Also 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Aldolph and Aldolphina Barta of Flour Bluff, Texas, 6 siblings, and the mother of his children Martha Garrett Brandenburg.
He served in the United States Army from 1945-1947. He worked in the oil and gas industries and retired from Natural Gas Pipeline Company. He was an avid fisherman, loved to cook for family and friends, participated in many chili, BBQ, and gumbo competitions, loved to dance, and traveled frequently by bus to the casinos. During his life he was an active member of Victoria youth baseball programs, Victoria American Legion, and Victoria Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
A memorial service will be held at Heaven’s Gate Funeral Home. 412 N Main St in Victoria, Texas on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests that in Jimmie’s name friends and family pay it forward in the manner of their choosing.