Born: Marshall, Michigan on 29 September 1947

Passed away: New Port Richey, Florida on 15 January 2016

Aged: 68 years

Service Details

A Celebration of Life will be held in San Jose, California on February 27th from 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon.

972 Hurlstone Lane
San Jose, Ca 95120

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Autism Speaks.

The Story

Leonard H. Engelter, age 68, passed away peacefully on January 15th 2016 at Medical Center of Trinity in Florida. Hal was born September 29th, 1947, in Marshall Michigan, to Leonard and Frances (Thunder) Engelter. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1966. He joined the US Navy, was stationed in San Diego and served two tours in Vietnam. He then worked as a police officer for the San Diego Police Department and upon retirement from the force worked in sales.
Throughout his life, Hal made lasting impressions on everyone that he met. His humor, laughter and sarcasm kept those around him smiling. Hal’s opinions were known far and wide as he loved to discuss his views on politics and life. Hal loved a good debate and always had plenty to say. He was charismatic and charming and many times proclaimed that could “sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves.” He was a loyal 49ers fan and always rooted for the red and gold. Hal retired in New Port Richie, Florida where he enjoyed the warm weather and fishing with his friends.
He is survived by his children Chris, Scott, Katie, Meggie and Lucy and 5 grandchildren (Chase, River, Ryder, Chloe and a baby boy on the way).
He will be deeply missed, but his memories will live in our hearts forever. We welcome you to pay tribute to Hal on this memorial page and share your happy memories of this man who was truly one of a kind.

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Oh, Halbert. I am at a loss for words... however, one comes to mind, legend. I think of and cherish all of the time I spent with you...all of the stories and laughs you provided. Now, we're gonna get, "sommmme chicken". Love you Pops

Kim O'Brien


My most recent memory of my uncle was in 2009 when he was living in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his friend Merrill (Apologies if spelled wrong) and Meggie for a bit. I had just completed my grueling cross country train trip ending in Canada when Meggie picked me up and brought me back to town (thanks Meg). I was able to spend a few days hanging out with everyone (including Chris and his family) before heading back to Southern California. While Meggie was at work each day, I was able to spend quality time with my uncle, listening to his stories on life, his commentary on various T.V. shows and movies (remember Harry Potter Meggie?) and his amazing dialogue with Merrill (more amazing than I can currently describe). There were numerous instances during that trip where I was in such hysterics that having an accident was a legitimate concern of mine. Uncle Hal had a great sense of humor, and best of all, it came easy to him. I strive for that in my life. You will be missed and never forgotten Uncle Hal. Love you.

Robbie Sweet


I love you Daddy and whatever happens after this I hope your fishing

Meggie Engelter


With fond memories

Kiffie Freeman


Lighting this candle for you Hal

Margaret Dahl


We have so many memories of Hal so vibrant and funny! Our kids went to St Francis Cabrini together , and we all had to do our share of volunteer hours! We managed to have a lot of fun along the way! I remember hanging out with Hal , Toni Montoya and five little girls at the Sfc fiesta! All the kids are testament to the fact that they were raised well with good values and also had fun along the way...Hal also served as a daddy figure at times for my daughter Kim !! He shall be so missed but forever in everyone's heart!!!

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I will always remember Hal's ridiculous commentary and boisterous personality. There was never a dull moment when you were in his presence. I am thankful that I got to spend time with Hal and his daughters growing up. You will be missed, Hal. I know you are up in heaven cracking jokes and making others smile.

Gina Trovato


"Did you hear that crack?!?" That story will never get old

Katie Engelter


He always had the best one liners!!! Always good for a laugh!

Meggie Engelter


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Love you Dad!

The Engelter Children