Daniel Bortner

Daniel Bortner

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Daniel R. Bortner 69, of Steelton passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 9, 2021.

He was born in Harrisburg on October 30, 1951, the son of the late Irwin Lester Bortner Jr. and the surviving, Beverly L. Botts Bortner. He was a graduate of Dauphin County Vo-Tech. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Daniel was of the Lutheran faith, and a member of the former Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. He worked part time for the former Bortner Automotive, and retired as a school bus driver for the Central Dauphin School District. Daniel was a member of the American Legion Post #420, The St. Lawrence Club #13, and the Dutch Club all of Steelton.

Daniel is survived by his mother, Beverly; his siblings Steven M. Bortner and his wife Roxanne of Chambersburg; Kathy Coccia and her husband Frank of Harrisburg; and Mark E. Bortner and his wife Tina of Lake Wynonah; Daniel is also survived by five nieces, one nephew, 5 great nieces, 4 great nephews, and two great-great nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, and his wife Alma E. Bortner.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday March 23 at 11:00 am in Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 357 South Harrisburg Street, Oberlin, with the Rev. Dr. Alan C. Wenrich, officiating.There will be no viewing or visitation and private burial with full military honors will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
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    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 11:00am
    Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
    357 South Harrisburg St.
    Oberlin, PA 17113
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    Rev. Dr. Alan C. Wenrich


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Bonnie Portzline

Posted at 01:45am
Dear BORTNER FAMILY: Remember how Christ Lutheran Church was extended family -- the kind that really enjoyed being in each others' company? Not more than two weeks ago I was recalling the luncheon for Danny and Mike Gray when they were entering the Marine Corps. With Dan and his family, I have wonderful memories of weeks at Worlds End State Park. Remember the volleyball games? Remember when someone served the ball high -- was it Dan? — and the ball landed on thick limbs and did not fall back to earth? (Dan named these very high serves a 'moonie'.) When the guys threw other balls at the volleyball, they got stuck, too. Once we finally restarted the game, it wasn't long before all play stopped again: Remember the ball bouncing onto the wrong end of a nail under the roof of the cabin porch. Deflation!

Then there was the year the families brought along more kids than usual — Linda Lee, of course, Debbie Wells, and who else?... Dan had his own car, so we would fill it to go for ice cream and deer spotting and just to get out to enjoy adventures without the parents. It may have been the last night when we older kids piled into Dan's car for one more drive to make the fun last ALMOST forever. I vividly recall when we headed up the mountain to the lookout at High Knob. As we slowly bounced along the winding dirt road (where even we kids, usually so focused on fun, might notice passing a porcupine, deer, or even a bear) someone dared Dan to see just how dark the moonless night really was. He did stop the car. Turned off the engine. All lights out! Amid our immediate howls of not-so-fearless laughter, Dan needed no encouragement or begging to restart the car. We were in absolute darkness -- for all of a split second. Dear Lord, we had such laughter, goodhearted fun, more laughter, and enjoying being in the company of our church gang.

Bless you, Dan.
And bless you, Bortners. I pray that the funny, happy, sweet memories of Dan will comfort you.

Bonnie Portzline


Posted at 07:55pm
Go rest high on that mountain my brother
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