Merrill Travis Adamcik
Born on Aug. 17, 1936
MERRILL TRAVIS ADAMCIK
EL CAMPO - Merrill Travis Adamcik was born in El Campo, Texas on August 17, 1936 to Lewis and Lillie Adamcik. Merrill went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 due to complications from heart disease.
Merrill is survived by his wife, Doris; his daughters Merelyn Johnson and husband Brian of Jewett, Texas; Elizabeth Davis and husband Gary of Lake Jackson, Texas; and Cynthia Cruz and husband Emiliano of Jones Creek, Texas; grandchildren Travis Davis, Emily Davis, Evan Cruz and Eli Johnson; sister Bernice Keinarth and sister-in-law Helen Adamcek, both of El Campo. Merrill was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Elton Adamcek.
Merrill attended El Campo High School where he was a member of the Ricebird band and Future Farmers of America. He attended Texas A&M where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and played saxophone in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Upon graduation in 1958 he attended and graduated from Army Flight School in 1960. As an Army Aviator, he was then assigned to the 14th Armored Cavalry in Germany. In 1963, he returned to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for Advanced Artillery School, and upon graduating, was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia. There he began flying the Caribou or CV-2B (cargo aircraft), which he flew in Vietnam for one year. Later he spent his second year in Vietnam flying the Chinook helicopter. He also served in the Korean War. He and Doris, his companion of 49 years, married March 1964 in Houston, Texas. In 1972, he attended and graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff College. Upon his retirement in 1978 as Lt. Colonel, he and his family moved back to El Campo, Texas where he farmed for 15 years. He also served as Wharton County Commissioner, Pct.3. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and also a member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, Army Otter-Caribou Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks Lodge #1749, Czech Heritage Society, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 72 and American Legion Post #251, where he served as Post Commander. He also served as Board Member of the El Campo Heritage Center.
Through the years, Merrill made time for family and friends and especially enjoyed gardening and traveling. Watching Texas Aggie football was a favorite pastime. He shared his passion for gardening by giving away his prized homegrown fruits and vegetables to family and friends. His tremendous love for his grandchildren was evident by their numerous pictures hung, taped and framed around his office desk.
Visitation will begin at 1 pm on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Triska Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors from 5 - 7 pm. Funeral service will be at 2 pm on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Beverly Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors at Garden of Memories Cemetery under the auspices of the American Legion Post #251.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #251, Elks Lodge #1749 or a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences maybe left for the family on our website at www.triskafuneralhome.com.