Daniel Levi Hertzler


Daniel L. Hertzler, 97, of Scottdale, Pa., longtime editor of Mennonite publications, died June 14, 2023, in Scottdale.

He was born Oct. 19, 1925, in Elverson, Pa., to Melvin and Susan (Shenk) Hertzler. He married Mary Yoder, daughter of Eugene and Esther (Miller) Yoder, in Aurora, Ohio, on July 12, 1952. She preceded him in death in November 2017.

He dropped out of high school to assist his father on the family farm, but never lost his desire for lifelong learning. He would go on to earn multiple educational degrees: a bachelor of arts from Eastern Mennonite College in 1951, bachelor of theology from Eastern Mennonite College in 1952, a bachelor of divinity from Goshen Biblical Seminary in 1955 and a doctor of philosophy, religious education, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966. In retirement he earned another graduate degree, a master of sacred theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in 1995.

Dan had a 38-year career with the Mennonite Publishing House from 1952 to 1990. His work involved serving as editor of a variety of Christian education publications as well as editing Mennonite Community, Christian Living, Builder and 17 years as Gospel Herald editor. He retired in 1990.

In 1945 after World War II, he signed up to work on a cattle boat heading to Poland. The relief effort included delivering horses and heifers to Europe, and in 1947 he decided to again participate in a crew organized by Mennonite Central Committee.

This experience was the start of worldwide travels, including attending Mennonite World Conference assemblies beginning in 1962 in Canada and ending in 2003 in Zimbabwe.

His hobbies included grafting trees, gardening and beekeeping. His extensive writing included authoring articles and books, including his memoirs, A Little Left of Center and On My Way: The View from the Ninth Decade.

Survivors include four sons, Dennis of Monesson, Pa.; Ron (Laurel) of Telford, Pa.; Gerry (Mary) of Goshen, Ind.; and Dan Mark (Christie) of Lancaster, Pa.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Truman Hertzler of Elverson, Pa., and a sister, Katherine Hallman of Kansas City, Mo. A sister, Martha, preceded him in death in 2021.

Memorial gifts may be designated for Mennonite World Conference.

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