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Daniel E. Hershberger


Daniel E. Hershberger, 53, of Middletown, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, as a result of complications after suffering a stroke.

He was born on June 29, 1963, and was the son of the late Terry and Norma (Royer) Hershberger. 

Daniel is survived by his wife of 27 years, Darlene (Houser) Hershberger; his wife’s parents, Margaret (Mom) and Walter Houser of Middletown; stepmother, Jean Hershberger of Hummelstown; brothers, Terry and wife Dee, and Scott and wife Teresa, all of Newville, Pa., Howard of Camp Hill, and Jeff and wife Mary Nell of Texas; stepbrothers, Rodney and wife Robin of Hummelstown, Randy and wife Tracy of Hummelstown, and Robert and wife Ginnie of Mt. Joy; brother-in-law, Jeffrey and wife Agnes of Marlton, N.J.; sister-in-law, Anita and her companion Mark Thatcher of Newport, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. 

Daniel attended and graduated from Capital Area Intermediate Unit in 1983. After graduation, with the support of the Ahedd Organization, he found employment at Co-Ven-Co (Canteen) and worked there 30 years until his retirement in 2016. He enjoyed vacations with his wife and family having gone on several cruises and Disney World where they spent their honeymoon. He was part of the Special Olympics while in school and was on a bowling team with his father through his work. Dan was a sports person and enjoyed going to local football games. He was a Hershey Bears season ticket holder and went on many road trips with the Booster Club.

He was a past president of Speaking for Ourselves at Case Management Unit. Daniel was a member of Middletown First Church of God, where he was a volunteer at monthly dinners and was part of the Sunshiners. He attended Greenfield Adult Day Care and was a participant on the Red Striker Bowling Club. A book about Dan and his wife’s journey of 27 years was completed by Margaret Houser in August of 2016, he was so proud and excited about the book titled “He is Her Friend.” Dan was a very kind and giving person who liked to help and please everyone. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Funeral services were held on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High Street, Middletown, with Pastor Kimberly B. Shifler and Pastor Tom Graham officiating. A viewing was held on Friday at 9 a.m. until the time of the service in his church.

Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doubling Gap Center (Camp Yolija), 1550 Doubling Gap Road, Newville, PA 17241, or Middletown First Church of God (Sunshiners), 245 W. High Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

K.M. Knight Funeral Home, Highspire is in charge of arrangements.