Edgar Henry Leonhardt
Edgar Henry Leonhardt, 82, of Red Rock, died at Oak Creek Nursing Center in Luling, on Sept. 8, 2008. He was born to Heinrich “H.Y.” and Christiana (Kneip) Leonhardt, on Jan. 1, 1926, in Winedale, Texas. The youngest child of a family of eight, having seven older sisters. He grew up in the Winedale area, and attended schools at Winedale and Boundary.
Edgar was bapt
ized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at Round Top, Texas. For many years he pumped the old pipe organ while his sister, Johanna, played the organ for church services and funerals. He sang in the church choir both in English and in German. Edgar was a Sunday School Superintendant and usher in the church for many years. Edgar’s confirmation class was the last to be confirmed in the German language at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Living with his parents and sisters in the Winedale area, he worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the US Army in 1951, serving his country in the Korean War. On Aug. 16, 1953, Edgar and Loretta Hartfield, daughter of Leo and Lina (Bartram) Hartfield, were married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Edgar worked as a sheet metal worker for J.M. Boyer Metal Fabricators, in Austin, for 37 years. He retired from there in 1987 after suffering a heart attack. Edgar and Loretta made their home in Austin, and then moved to the Red Rock area until the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Johanna Schulze and husband, Edmund, Clara Rebarske and husband, Willie, Olga Mayer and husband, Leslie, Ellen Hill and husband Stancel, Sylvia Mertz and husband, Albert, Alice Seidel and husband, Ernest, Jr. “Mookie”; brother-in-law, Delphine Hinze, Sr.; and niece, Jane Felder.
Edgar is survived by his wife of 55 years, Loretta Marie Leonhardt; sons, Kenneth Leonhardt and wife, Christi, of Gonzales, and Bruce Leonhardt and wife, Terri, of Belton; daughter Elaine Michna and husband, David, of Dale; sister, Rosa Lee Hinze, of Brenham; grandchildren: B.J. Leonhardt, Kenisha Leonhardt, Kenna Leonhardt, Katie (Leonhardt) Garcia and husband, Gabe, Nicholas Michna and Joshua Michna; and one great-grandson, Draiden Garcia.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at McCurdy Funeral Home at 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 919 W. San Antonio St., in Lockhart, with burial following at 4 p.m. at Florida Chapel Cemetery near Round Top.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Grace Lutheran Church, 919 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, Texas 78644.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home 105 E. Pecan Street Lockhart, Texas 78644 (512) 398-4791.