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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Neil Hertzler

Neil Stanley Hertzler

Friday, June 5th, 1936 - Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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Neil Stanley Hertzler, 83, of Gardner, KS passed away July 25, 2019 at Olathe Hospice House. Celebration of Life will be 5:00 pm Sat., August 3rd, 2019 at New Life Community Church, 17935 Moonlight Rd., Gardner, KS with military honors. Visitation will be held 3:00 – 5:00 pm Sat. before the service. Inurnment will be at a later date in Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Community Church-New Building Fund or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at

Neil was born June 5, 1936 in Kansas City, MO to Lyle E. and Geraldine “Gerry” (Dolisi) Hertzler. He was a life-long area resident who graduated from Gardner High School in 1954. Neil served in the United States Army from 1959 until 1965. He attended Baker University and finished his BA at Emporia State University. Neil married Eileen Ashworth on Aug. 12, 1961 in Starks, LA. He worked for International Harvesters as a Color Design Engineer (now known as Navistar International) for thirty-three years in the Motor Truck Division; retiring in 1994. Neil was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a former member of First Presbyterian Church of Gardner and had been attending New Life Community Church with his family. Neil was also a member of the Gardner American Legion and a former member of the Gardner Jaycees. Neil loved gardening, fishing and camping and was a skilled wood craftsman building cabinets and other wood projects. He was a history buff and a “man of his own pace” who will be missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Neil is survived by his wife, Eileen, of the home; daughters: Kathy Hertzler and Peggy and husband Chris Coffman, both of Gardner, KS and granddaughter, Danielle Hertzler; step-granddaughter Carli Coffman; the Gourmet Dinner Group of 43 years whose members include the Peters, Kramers, Thomens and Pearces; brother-in-laws: Calvin, Prentice, Sonny, Lynn and Marvin Ashworth; sister-in-laws: Nina June Howard, Wanda Butler and Sharon Woodard and many nieces and nephews.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    New Life Community Church
    17935 S Moonlight Rd
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 5:00pm
    New Life Community Church
    17935 S. Moonlight
    Gaedner, KS 66030
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jim and Shellie Lehman

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Frances Sawyer

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We will be out of town at the time of the services for Neil but just want the family to know that they are being thought of at this time. I will NEVER forget the good times we shared at GHS during the early 50s. Neil was in my class (1954) and was a special friend.
Love and Prayers-----Frances (Cole) Sawyer

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