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Mr. Leonard John "Buzzy" Gittinger, Jr.

Obituary for Mr. Leonard John "Buzzy" Gittinger, Jr.

September 25, 1932 - December 31, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 85


Leonard was born to Leonard J. and Katherine Laager Gittinger. He made exemplary grades, ran track and played football, baseball and basketball in elementary school, where he was a city champion sprinter and long jumper. Buzzy attended Central Catholic High School, was a 1949 honors graduate, played quarterback, was a pitcher, a point guard and was in ROTC.

Leonard worked full time for the Express News while he earned his B.B.A. and his Juris Doctorate Degrees from Saint Mary's University in 1952 and 1955, respectively, both Magna Cum Laude. He was in ROTC and Tau Delta fraternity and starred in basketball. He married his love Jo Ann Schliesing in 1952.

Leonard became a licensed Texas Attorney in 1955; a Lieutenant in the US Army; and fired Howitzers in the Big Red Ones artillery division. He graduated from the JAG school with the highest grade in school history and practiced military trial law for the JAG office. Buzzy tried many cases, usually representing the accused, who were "presumed guilty until proven innocent". Leonard was honorably discharged in 1959 and entered private law practice at Pfeiffer and Gittinger. He thereafter formed Gittinger and Gittinger, where he practiced civil trial, business, probate, real estate, and construction law in Texas State and Federal Trial and Appellate Courts with uniform excellence, sometimes practicing with both his father Judge Buck Gittinger and his son, Leonard John Gittinger, III until he died. Buzzy was in the SA Bar Association and was President of the Texas Bar General Practice Section.

Leonard was a devout Catholic and regularly attended Mass. He joined the San Antonio Liederkranz in 1962 and thereafter served as president, singer, recruiter and part-time director. He sang Latin High Mass at St. Joseph's every 4th Sunday and every Christmas Eve his entire adult life. Buzzy was known for his kindness, generosity, compassion, astuteness and fierce advocacy for the indigent and downtrodden. He championed many charitable organizations as a donor and supporter with a special place in his heart for the Oblate School of Theology, St. Joseph's Society, the Liederkranz, Central Catholic, Boysville, St. Mary's and the Police Association. Buzzy enjoyed hunting, yard work and boating. He helped make Lake Dunlap a welcoming second home for his family and friends. Leonard was President of St. Mary's Alumni Association and Chairman of the Oyster Bake. He also often managed the shrimp booth. He was a member of the Little Flower Guild and Alhambra and coached youth football and baseball.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his in laws Joe and Thelma Schliesing, his son Joseph Anton and his sister Janine Parker. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann; daughters Jo Lynne, Susan and Brenda; son John; grandchildren Ashley and Mason Melton, Brandon Thurman; Jordan Bridges; Marisa, Leonard IV, Erin, Joshua, Grace, and Jaron Gittinger; and great-grandson Ty Kelly. The family extends our sincere gratitude to Leonard's caregivers at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Christus Hospice and Regent Care Center.

Funeral Arrangements:

Family Visitation at 5:30 pm and Rosary at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 11, both at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East;

Celebratory Mass on Friday, Jan 12, 10:30 am, St. Joseph Catholic Church downtown;
Interment following at Holy Cross Cemetery on Nacogdoches Road.

Reverends Mario Marzocchi and Ken Hannon will officiate

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Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
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