OBITUARY

Dr. L. Dan Burtner

June 10, 1927September 9, 2013

Doctor Dan Burtner passed away on September 9, 2013 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He was born June 10, 1927 in Harrisonburg and was the son of the late Charles Albert and Pauline (Harshbarger) Burtner. He was preceded in death by his brothers Lester, Lowell and Charles A., Jr.

After graduation from Keezletown High School Dr. Burtner enlisted in the Army Specialized Training Program and studied pre-engineering at University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Military Institute, and N. C. State. His basic training was at Fort Knox, Kentucky after which he was assigned as an armored forces cadre to instruct cadets in gunnery, maintenance and driving of tanks at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Following his discharge from the Army he attended and graduated from Bridgewater College and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He served a general internship at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and returned to the Medical College of Virginia for his residency in Pediatrics. In 1957, Dr. Burtner began his pediatric practice in Harrisonburg. He practiced solo for thirty-two years and with other pediatricians for four more years, establishing the group Pediatric Associates (now Harrisonburg Pediatrics), where he was senior partner until his retirement. Dr. Burtner was a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Virginia Pediatric Society, Rockingham County Medical Society, Medical Society of Virginia, and the American Medical Association. As a member of the medical staff of Rockingham Memorial Hospital, he held at one time or another, every elected position on the staff. He served two years as chairman of R. M. H. infection committee; two years as chairman of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society; was a team physician for a local high school football team, and presented specific and unusual cases to colleagues and nurses’ classes. Family vacations were always planned when Dr. Burtner could couple it with a continuing education opportunity. He was secretary of the Harrisonburg Exchange Club and received the club’s Book of Golden Deeds Award. In 2009 Bridgewater College awarded him the Ripples Society Medal. Dr. Burtner enjoyed gardening and working on his farm. He planted over four thousand trees—an accomplishment that resulted in a trip to Nebraska to receive the 2005 National Arbor Day Foundation’s Good Steward Award. He also received the Forestry Best Management Practices award from the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District. He created a 5K, 6K, and 8K Cross-country course on the farm for middle-schools, high-schools and colleges that hosts hundreds of runners each year. Other interests included reading, history, watching sports and wood carving. Dr. Burtner was a lifelong member of the Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren and served in various capacities. Dr. Burtner is survived by his wife, Louise , whom he married on June 5, 1954; and their four children; Dan, Jr., Barbara and life partner, Betsy, David and wife, Lisa, Brenda Hoops and husband, Terry, and daughter-in-law, Beth Burtner. He is also survived by eight granddaughters, Megan, Erin Ushry (Stan), Dawn, Jana, Jessica, Stephanie, Sabrina, Sophia; three great-grandchildren, Jasmyne, Raven, and Shailynn; two step-grandchildren, Misty and Jeff; four step-great-grandchildren, Justin, Jessica, Madison and Grace; a sister-in-law, Juanita Burtner; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends 6-8:00 P. M., Friday, September 13, 2013 at Lindsey Funeral Home

A Celebration of Life service will be held 1:00 P. M., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Beth Jarrett.

According to Dr. Burtner’s wishes he will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, it was Dr. Burtner’s wishes that everyone plant a tree, or make a memorial donation to the Dan and Louise Burtner Endowed Scholarship Fund at Bridgewater College, 402 East College St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, September 14, 2013
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Dr. L. Dan Burtner

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Marla Dovel/Brock

March 2, 2014

To the Burtner family,
It was with great sadness that I found the notification of Dr. Burtner's passing today. I was looking to thank him for saving my life and taking such good care of me as a child.
Dr. L. Dan Burtner was far more than a dedicated and talented physician, he was loving soul devoted to his patients and to stopping their pain. On more than one occasion, Dr. Burtner welcomed me into his home sick for treatment, came to my home to check on me and rushed to the hospital, sometimes jogging with his stethoscope around his neck, to handle some obscure medical condition that had developed.
As a child, I marveled at his bug collection. As I began to drive, I marveled at his dedication to running. And now that I am older and still face serious medical issues, I marvel at the uniqueness of Dr. Burtner's approach to his career. They just don't make doctor's like him anymore. He was one in a million.
From my family, Gayle Dovel, Wesley and myself, Marla Ann Dovel Brock, we wish to you our sincere sympathies on the passing of a GREAT Human Being.
It does warm my soul to know that there is another Angel watching over the children of this world.
God Bless!

September 17, 2013

Louise
Sorry we missed the visitation and memorial service for your husband but we were out of town Friday thru Monday for a high school reunion that I had a large part in organizing. I meant to mention with my last quest book entry.
Charlie Henderson MD.

Mary Alexander

September 17, 2013

Dr. Burtner was a great doctor and a very caring person. Dr. Burtner and my father (Dr. George Hedrick) were in the same medical complex and we lived near his family in town. He was my doctor when I was young and he also took care of my girls. We will all miss him and sending prayers to all the family. Mary Hedrick Alexander & Todd, Megan and Amy

Mary Alexander

September 17, 2013

Dr. Burtner was a great doctor and a very caring person. Dr. Burtner and my father (Dr. George Hedrick) were in the same medical complex and we lived near his family in town. He was my doctor when I was young and he also took care of my girls. We will all miss him and sending prayers to all the family. Mary Hedrick Alexander & Todd, Megan and Amy

Susan Corbin Galaz

September 14, 2013

Dear Brenda, David, Dan, Beth Miss Louise, and other family members,
We are so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your Father Dr. L. Dan Burtner who was my baby doctor whom I adored and loved as my favorite doctor until I reached 18. I only heard about it this morning from Remember Downtown Harrisonburg link and was shocked. There are no words to give you true comfort but I can pray that God give you strength as well as love of family and friends to keep you strong during your time of mourning.
Remembering how very friendly he was, he always made me laugh through all my challenging illnesses…and all of you were so kind to me when we went to school together, ran into each other on occasion, and reunions. Yeah we were not close friends but you all were very special because your father and mother raised you all wonderfully. I believe he should be remembered for the great man he was.
We wanted to extend our deepest sympathies for your family. We are thinking about you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I know He had a good heart because he was very special man. I pray that strength that God will give you now in your time of need will be enough to endure your loss.
We send you our prayers, Susan Corbin Galaz and husband David

Kathy Hensley

September 13, 2013

To Mrs. Burtner and family,
So sorry to hear about "Dr. Danny".
I am here because of his knowledge and VW "bug".
I will miss his smile! Thank you for sharing your husband and father with the community.
Peace and blessings to you and yours,
Doris & Kathy Hensley

Roberta Barker (Snyder)

September 13, 2013

Dr. Burtner was my childhood & adolescent doctor. He was a wonderful doctor but not only that he was a wonderful man. People come and go in our life and sometimes the memories fade along with them. Dr. Burtner was not one of those people. The love and kindness he bestowed upon me and my brother left a lifetime of memories. After hours office calls to his home were always welcome and he never made you feel like you were an inconvenience. Over the years I've thought of him often and he will always hold a special place in my heart. Wishing you God's comfort & peace at this difficult time.

Patricia (Sifflett) Rankin

September 13, 2013

Family and Friends of Dr.Burtner May you find comfort, peace and the support that you will need to make it through this difficult time. We wish you the gift of a memory whenever you need to know, the one you love still walks with you wherever you may go.
Being with Dr.Burtner for over 25 years (with both of my children)from birth through high school) I can say that I would find it hard to find a better pediatrician. My son and daughter love him, he was kind,incredibly knowledgeable, gentle and you could plainly see that he truly cares about his patients. "I was impressed by his professionalism and the way he made me and my child feel very comfortable. He took time to listen to me and answered and explained things very clearly. He answered all of my questions, and did not leave the room until I was completely satisfied.
I would never have never switch to another pediatrician because he was the"BEST"

Porter Shomo

September 12, 2013

Dr. Burtner was my Dr. growing up in Harrisonburg in the 1970's and 1980's. I always think of him when I think of what the definition of a great Dr should be. I wish my kids could be as lucky as I was to have such a great Dr.

I am very sad to hear of his passing.

Randy Nutter

September 12, 2013

To the Burtner family,
Growing up on Preston, I was able to see first hand what a kind, generous man Dr. Burtner was. He made very significant and memorable contributions to our neighborhood and to the community at large. Seeing him making his frequent runs inspired me to do the same. I know he will be sorely missed.
I wish all of the family the best during this difficult time,
Randy