Donald Hauck Hertzer

  • Born: September 4, 1927
  • Died: April 6, 2021
  • Location: Rocky River, Ohio

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21369 Center Ridge Road
Fairview Park, OH 44116
Tel. (440) 333-9774

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

Donald Hauck Hertzer was born September 4, 1927 to Robert W. Hertzer and Helen L. Hauck in Tiffin, Ohio. He graduated from Columbian High School where he enjoyed playing the clarinet. He also enjoyed sports and was active with the track team and he was an avid bicyclist.

Immediately post graduation he enlisted into the US Navy and served on the USS Lofberg DD 759. He was an Electrical Technician Seaman and served from 1945 to 1948.
He continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until 1953. He attended Heidelberg University and The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He later received his CPA credential and worked in public accounting for 4 years before transitioning to corporate accounting for the remainder of his career. He served as assistant controller at Work Wear Corporation and a staff accountant at TRW. After his retirement he continued to prepare tax returns in private practice. In his free time he liked to collect stamps, he enjoyed ballroom dancing and camping. He loved watching the OSU Buckeyes play football. Don was an active member of the Bay Village Presbyterian Church and served a Deacon and for years served as a Sunday service usher.

He married Marilyn Balliet, his high school sweetheart in August of 1949. They initially lived in Columbus, Ohio and then moved to Bay Village, Ohio. They had 4 children together. Don remarried Agnes Szabo in 1975. Agnes and Don spent their retirement in Naples, Florida.

Don is survived by Ron(Barbara) Hertzer, Cathy Erickson, Janice Friswold, Dan (Marti) Hertzer. He is also survived by the children of Agnes Szabo from her previous marriage, Ava Flores and Tom Szabo. He had 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also cousins Bill Hertzer, Martha Hammel, David (Anna-Maria) Hertzer, Marie (James) Mattingly and Ruth(Ken) Walker. (440) 333-9774

Condolence & Memory Journal

During Don's 35-year marriage to my mother, Agnes, he was a devoted husband as well as a caring, kind, and generous member of our family. He showed Ramon, my husband, and me as well as our sons his loving spirit and compassionate heart in many ways. Our sons, Joshua and Gabriel, enjoyed many summers with Don and my mom at various campgrounds. Together we shared holidays of the Jewish and Christian traditions in Tiffin and in Naples, FL. With his tolerant understanding of my parents' complex relationship, Don was able to develop a special friendship with my father. He enabled my mother to share her experiences of the Holocaust in Hungary with public school children and civic organizations in Tiffin and the surrounding area. Without Don's loving support, driving her to various sites, and filming her presentation, my mom would not have been able to contribute her story to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Also, he even played the role of a Hungarian Nazi soldier in Tiffins' Ritz Theatre's production of my mom's story (Agnes' Story) in 1997. Moreover, I will be forever grateful to him for inviting me to join them on their trip in 1998 so that I could meet for the first time my family members in Jerusalem and then in Budapest. As a real mensch, (the Yiddish word for a person of rare and highly valued character), and as an exemplary Christian who practiced his faith's tenets of love and compassion, Don's memory is truly a blessing for our family. We send our love and prayers to all of Don's family and friends.

Posted by Ava Flores - Fairfax, VA - Daughter   June 01, 2021

My love, thoughts and prayers are sent to members of our family and friends. Don was quite the character and storyteller ... I became re-aquainted with him during those last few years he was living alone at West Wind Estates, Naples, Florida. My weekly visits with him were often the highlight of my week ! The stories he told of his younger days and times ... I learned a lot about him and the family. I shall cherish the memories of those visits. I can see him now, dancing in heaven with Agnes and Marilyn.

Posted by Marie Mattingly - NAPLES, FL - Family   April 09, 2021

Our heartfelt sympathy to the Hertzer Family. We will be praying for all during this difficult time.

Posted by Aileen Liebertz - Bay Village, OH - Family Friend   April 08, 2021

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