Allen Robert Halbardier Jr. entered Heaven's Gates on January 30, 2021 at the age of 66. Allen was born in November 1954, in San Antonio, Texas.
He is survived by his loving parents, Robert Allen and Margie Halbardier of San Antonio; soul mate, Susie Ross of Kerrville, Texas; his son, Clinton and his wife Erica Halbardier of Seguin, Texas; his daughter Megan and her husband Darren Melcer of Centerville, Texas; his two bonus sons, Cody and Derek Nelms, and was blessed with three grandchildren Kelly, Rachel, and Cody. Allen is also survived by his 5 siblings; his three brothers, David, Ricky, and Rodney, and two sister, Connie and Laurie.
Allen worked for the San Antonio Express News and the Hearst Corporation for over 40 years. After retirement, he dedicated his extra time as a part time driver at La Hacienda, in Kerrville. Allen still visited, cared for, and loved his parents, Robert Allen and Margie and would visit them as much as possible. Allen enjoyed spending time and talking with his “Uncle Wayne” after working together for many years in the pressroom at the San Antonio Express News. Allen loved his parents homemade cooking especially during Christmas time because of the sheet cake and homemade egg white cookies. He loved being an avid fisherman and was a wonderful grandfather. Allen was very proud of his two children: Clinton Halbardier and Megan Melcer.
Throughout Clinton and Meagan’s childhood, Allen went above and beyond providing the best for his family and raising his children with a firm but loving hand. Allen was a hard worker and worked at night but found the time and strength to coach Clinton’s baseball teams, take Megan to her dance lessons, raise livestock to allow his children to compete in FFA livestock shows, and found time to cook a great homemade dinner. Allen, Clinton, Megan, and their mother, Maggie, had many family vacations to Rockport, Texas which started their love for saltwater fishing. This love for the coastal bend area and saltwater fishing was strong in Allen and gave him great pleasure and enjoyed making many friends. Allen was Clinton’s best friend and was his best man in his wedding to Erica. Allen walked Megan down the aisle when she married her husband Darren. Allen truly loved his daughter in law, Erica and son in law, Darren. Allen introduced Clinton to Erica who was longtime friend of Susie, Cody and Derek. Erica and Allen would have long discussions about horsemanship and horse training and enjoyed sarcastic banter back and forth. Allen’s time with Darren was short but was very proud to call Darren his son in law and enjoyed conversations about guns and politics.
In 2009, Allen and Susie began a relationship together which lasted until his passing. Allen and Susie enjoyed fishing, riding horses, playing with the grandkids, and living together in the Texas Hill Country. Allen was Susie’s love of her life, her soul mate, and he will be missed dearly. Allen gained two bonus sons Cody and Derek Nelms when he began this relationship with Susie. Allen called Derek “rawhide” and Derek called Allen “Bob” and Allen always said Derek was strong as a bull and a hell of a cowboy. Allen called Cody “big Cody” and Allen always said Cody was a hard worker, hell of an outdoors man, and a great dad. Cody wrote this to Allen upon his passing; “I hope the wind is at your back, lines are tight, and pulling that grand slam as you did on your birthday! We really loved and enjoyed your time here on earth.” One of Allen’s favorite things to do other than fishing was being a grandparent. His three grandchildren, Kelly, Rachel, and Cody loved him and called him their GG Daddy. Allen called Kelly his “munchkin” and she was his best fishing partner. Allen called Cody his “little man” and was his best buddy and they went everywhere together. Allen called Rachel “little Rachel” and was GG Daddy’s little cowgirl. Allen’s family and his many friends loved him dearly and will miss him.
GONE FISHING- If someone should ask for me, tell ’em heaven is where I’ll be. I’ve finished all my life’s chores, and now I fish on heaven’s shores. And if the fish no longer bite or seem not worth the fight, ’cause it’s me that you are missin’, don’t worry - be happy - I’ve gone fishin’.
A celebration of life for Allen Robert Halbardier Jr. will occur in the months to come. Allen would have requested donations to the CCA Texas (Coastal Conservation Association Texas) or Tunnel2Towers (homes for wounded soldiers nonprofit organization) in lieu of flowers.
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