Paul W. Herr, 99, of East Petersburg, Pa., died Aug. 28, 2023, at home. He was born Aug. 5, 1924, to H. Elvin and M. Elizabeth (Witmer) Herr in Lancaster, Pa. He celebrated 64 years of marriage with his late wife, Lois (Showalter) Herr.
He was a graduate of West Lampeter High School and Goshen College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He was a 1952 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced family medicine in Quarryville, Pa., for 30 years. He opened a satellite clinic of Planned Parenthood, was an active member of Menno Housing and the Community Action Program of Lancaster and served as a coroner.
In 1985 he moved with his wife to Lewisburg, W.Va., to fulfill several roles at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He was acting dean, administered family practice residencies, taught students in the family practice department and again served as coroner.
In 2003 he moved back to the greater Lancaster area. He never stopped being of service to his community. He championed the LGBTQ community. A ham radio buff, he contributed to the development of improved emergency medical communications in the surrounding area hospital systems. He loved trains, both large and small. A life-long Mennonite, he also embraced the Presbyterian Church while in West Virginia and the Unitarian Universalist Church while living with his daughter and family. He never stopped reading, sharing books and discussion with friends, family and colleagues.
Survivors include five children, John (Kathleen) of East Petersburg, Michael (Donita) of East Hartford, Conn., Marianne (Roger) Herr-Paul of Greencastle, Pa., Stephen (Kipley) of Richmond, Va., and Jean (George) Herr-Riser of East Petersburg; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Susan Burkholder of Lititz, Pa., and Ellen (James C.) Longacre of Barto, Pa. He was predeceased by a sister, Lois Stoll; and two brothers-in-law, Paul Stoll and J.R. Burkholder.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at East Petersburg Mennonite Church.