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Henry Anthony "Hal"  Leffingwell

Obituary for Henry Anthony "Hal" Leffingwell

December 11, 1948 - May 10, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 70


Hal Leffingwell, age 70, was called suddenly to Heaven to be with his Lord on May 10, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on December 11, 1948 in Batesville, Indiana to Bill and Butzie Leffingwell. He loved growing up in the small town of Brookville, Indiana with his six siblings and extended family. He spent many hours trapping and canoeing along the Whitewater River. Hal was Indiana Junior State Canoe Champion in 1966 with his best friend, Terry Ortman. He also loved doubles racing with his high school sweetheart, Barbara Blose. Hal graduated from Brookville High School in 1967 and went on to attend Purdue University.
Hal and Barbara married on September 5, 1969. They welcomed their first child, Anthony Thomas "Tony" in 1970. Hal relished in his new role of fatherhood. Hal graduated from Purdue in 1973 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. The three moved to Richmond, Indiana where Hal began his Pharmacy career at Osco Drugs. Soon after, Barb and Hal welcomed their daughter, Ann Jeanette "Anjie", and their family was complete. As a family they enjoyed boating on Brookville Lake, ski trips to nearby mountains and living close to family.

Looking for adventure, warm weather and Texas sunshine, Hal and family moved to San Antonio in the summer of 1980 to start a new career in Pharmaceutical Sales with Upjohn Pharmaceutical. Hal was the one who was most excited about this move. Eventually Barb, Tony and Anjie adjusted to life in Texas and soon realized it was the best choice for them. Hal quickly made new friends who became like family. He loved running, watching Tony play baseball, soccer and golf and coaching Anjie's soccer team. He also enjoyed backyard grilling and gardening.

In 1983, Hal made his final career change and started his State Farm Insurance Agency. His loving nature and desire to help people made this the perfect fit. Hal won many sales awards, contests and accolades while with State Farm. What he loved most was helping his clients and forming many friendships. He was not just their insurance agent, he truly was "like a good neighbor". Hal retired in 2013 after a successful 30-year career.
Hal had a zest for life and was always training for something. He ran in more 5K and 10K races than one can count. He finished multiple marathons, rode in The Hotter 'N Hell Hundred bike race and ran in many Beach to Bay team relay races. Hal also participated in the Texas Water Safari canoe race from San Marcos to the Texas coast. He rode his bike across Oregon at Cycle Oregon and across Iowa at RAGBRAI. He won his division in several stand-up paddle board races and participated in team biathlons and triathlons.

Hal was passionate about making Nativity scenes in memory of Tony. He wanted to share his love of God and the story of Christmas story. He gifted hundreds of these sets to friends and family.

He and Barb always lived life to the fullest but even more so after his retirement. They saw and experienced the world! He hiked mountains, sailed oceans and rafted rivers. He toasted champagne in hot air balloon rides over Africa and danced with the Masai Tribe. Hal biked for seemingly endless miles, ran with friends and was most recently baptized in the Jordan River.

But, even with all the adventure and travel, his most treasured role was PaPaw and Papa. He loved to do things with his grands! They loved snow skiing, swimming with dolphins, golfing, riding horses and endless summer days at the lake. Building things was also a passionate hobby. From gingerbread houses to giant Jenga sets to owl houses to building decks on which he loved to drink a beer with friends and family.
Hal was a bright light, a true joy and made an impact on so many. He always greeted you with a big smile and departed with a warm hug. The world was truly a better place with him in it. He will be forever missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Butzie Leffingwell; and his son, Tony Leffingwell. Hal is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Barbara; daughter Anjie Frost and husband Michael; daughter-in-law Kelli Bonacci and husband Don; grandson, Trenton Leffingwell; granddaughters, Kate and Molly Frost; siblings Lynn Knight (Jim), Mickie Sauerland (Steve), Brent Leffingwell (RuthAnn), Pat Leffingwell (Patricia), Kelly Leffingwell (Missy), Brooks Leffingwell (Susan); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bernie and Phil Blose; sisters-in-law Bev Johnson (Ron) and Penny Lakoff (Tim); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and amazing friends.

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019
1:00 PM

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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