Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Coach Hal, A meaningful positive presence in my formative days at Leo (golf and baseball) in the 1960s - always a dear man. May you rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Donald Gehrig - St Paul, MN   March 28, 2018

I will miss him dearly. He was a role model for me of how a good man should live. He was a wonderful brother-in-law who never had a bad word to say. My sympathy to Greg and Gary and all their families.

Posted by NATHAN MILLER - SUN CITY CENTER, FL   March 15, 2018

Thanks Hal for being a close friend of mine for many years. Enjoyed the many rounds of golf we played at Cedar Creek. I will never forget your "power fade" off the tee box. Bless you and Carolyn together now, and peace for your family.......

Posted by Max Amstutz - 17427 Lochner Rd Spe, IN - Friend   March 13, 2018

Platt family, my sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with you
at this time of loss. Hal was a man of character and will be missed.
May good memories sustain you. God's blessings from a friend
at LUMC.

Posted by John Glass - North Port, FL - Friend   March 13, 2018

Hal was one of the nicest men I ever knew. Smart with a quick wit. He presented to all who knew him an example of what a good man is. I have the fondest memories of him. To his family I say. A good man has gone home. I wish you all the very best. You are a living legacy of who Hal was.

Posted by Dennis Powell - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   March 13, 2018

Hal was a personality in high school athletics. He will not be forgotten as he touched so many young people and those he worked with. Prayers of support for his family.

Posted by Phil Kurtz - Cape Coral, FL   March 12, 2018

RIP Hal. You made a difference in so many lives, including mine. Thank You and Forever Grateful,
David Kissell

Posted by David Kissell - Fort Lauderdale, FL   March 12, 2018

Rest in peace, Hal, knowing that you are still loved. Blessings to Greg and Gary and their families from Jim and Nance Cox.

Posted by James Cox - Port St Lucie, FL - Family   March 11, 2018

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
┬ęCopyright 1998

Posted by DAN & BARB (MILLS) STRATTON - LEO, IN   March 11, 2018

Thank you coach for being a great teacher and role model. Condolences to his family.

Posted by Deb Rice Bechtel - Columbia Falls, MT - Student   March 11, 2018