D. Dale Hartzell
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D. Dale Hartzell, 89, of Butler, formerly of Penn Township, went to be with his Lord at 10:55 a.m. Monday at the VNA Inpatient Hospice.
He was born Aug. 5, 1923, and was considered one of Butler County's outstanding dairy farmers. He graduated from Penn Township High School in 1940 and remained on the family's century-old dairy farm, raising Holstein cattle that were sold to farms ranging from the Northeast to the Midwest.
In 1972, he joined with Harry Hays and formed Hays & Hartzell Realty, where he worked as a real estate broker until his retirement. He was a member of the original planning and zoning board in Penn Township and eventually worked with township authorities to turn his family's farm into Harcrest Park. He loved nature because he "could see the hand of God in all of creation."
He was a faithful member of the Community Alliance Church, where he served as elder, trustee and Sunday school teacher. He also taught home Bible studies and mentored young adults. He was known throughout the Butler community as a man of integrity and honesty. His love for the Lord was evident in his every action.
Dale was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and a great sports fan. He was married for 65 years to Bette A. (Shumway) Hartzell, and he is survived by her and their four children, Dr. David D. Hartzell Jr. and his wife, Gayle, of Saxonburg, James F. Hartzell and his wife, Agnieska, of Lodz, Poland, Ellen J. Knox and her husband, Chuck, of Butler, and Sally Giamporcaro and her husband, Marc, of Wylie, Texas. He has seven grandchildren, Chal Knox, Suzannah Knox and Lindsay (Knox) Hall, Maya Hartzell and Caya Hartzell and Mario Giamporcaro and Maria Giamporcaro; and eight great-grandchildren, Charlie, Julianne and Katelyn Knox, D. Dale, Abigail, Rebekah, Andrew (Clem) and Elizabeth Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David L. Hartzell and Carrie Marharg Hartzell, as well as a brother and four sisters.
Love and honored by both family and friends, Dale will be dearly missed.
HARTZELL - A viewing for D. Dale Hartzell, who passed away Monday, March 25, 2013, will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Chal M. Knox III, his grandson, officiating. Burial will take place in the Brownsdale Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Harcrest Park, C/O Penn Township, 157 E. Airport Road, Butler, PA 16002.
Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.
Published in Butler Eagle on Mar. 26, 2013