E-mail sent June 26, 2005

Charley A. Adamek, saddle maker and rancher, 87, died on Friday, June 24, 2005, of complications from coronary artery disease.

Born on October 29, 1917 in Lavaca County, Texas, he was the son and youngest of eight children of immigrant Czech parents, Joseph and Carolina Adamek.

Along with his wife, Lil Adamek, he established the Kerrville Saddle Shop in 1947, and was known for his handmade saddles and attention to detail throughout the Hill Country until his retirement after 41 years in business in Kerrville. Prior to World War II, he learned leather crafting from Tandy in Yoakum, Texas, and made saddles for major companies in Austin and Amarillo before coming to Kerrville. He served in the US Navy in World War II. He was an active member of Notre Dame Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillie Sofia Adamek, a daughter, Mary Elaine Jones and her husband T. David Jones of Kerrville and their children, Catherine Jones and Matthew Jones of Dallas; son, Charles J. Adamek and spouse Mary Ann Adamek of Atascosa, Tx, and their sons and spouses Charles J. and Erinn Adamek of Mico, and Michael and Kristen Adamek of Fair Oaks Ranch; and son, James R. Adamek and spouse Deborah of Tucson, AZ, and their daughter Dominique. He is also survived by one great grandson, Anson J. Adamek and numerous nieces and nephews.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be Sunday, June 26, 2005, 6:00 p.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels officiated by Deacon Charles Domingues.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 27, 2005, 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Catholic Church with Father Greg Nevlud as celebrant. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville, Kerrville, Tx 78029 (830) 257-4544