Todd Christopher (Shank) Hough, 40, of Mechanicsburg, died at his home
on Sunday, January 25, 2015, from metastatic melanoma. He was born on February 26, 1974, in Carlisle, a
son of Gregory C. and Artra R. (Kerns) Hough of Mechanicsburg.
Todd was a 1992 graduate of
Boiling Springs High School, Boiling Springs, PA, where he was actively involved in outdoor and indoor soccer, and various
extracurricular clubs. Following high school, Todd married Kimberly on July 3, 1992. In
January 1993, Todd enlisted into the United States Army, where he was trained at the Defense Institute of Language, Monterey,
CA, learning Russian. He completed his training as an Interrogator (97E1L) at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, and was
recognized as a member of the Military Intelligence Corps. Todd was then stationed at Fort Gordon, GA,
during which time he served a tour as a member of the Defense Attache’s Office, United States Embassy, Cairo, Egypt.
Following his honorable discharge, in 1997, Todd enrolled into Penn State University Capital Campus, Harrisburg, PA,
where he received his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy in 1999, earning the Kenneth P. Masters Prize in Public Policy
for academic excellence. Upon graduating from PSU, Todd enrolled into Dickinson School of Law, where he
received his Juris Doctor in 2002, and was subsequently admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, sponsored by his brother-in-law,
Thomas S. Diehl, Esq. Todd was employed as an attorney with the law firm, Cipriani & Werner, P.C.
interests and hobbies were many and varied. He rooted relentlessly for the Pittsburgh Penguins, was a fan
of the English Premiere League, supporting Chelsea, cheered for Michigan Wolverines football, and backed the Atlanta Braves.
He was an avid reader, and for several years was a board member of the Amelia Given Library. His
true happiness came from spending time with his wife and his three children, and his pug, Fasnacht. He
loved gathering with his group of gaming friends, who met monthly for RPG and board gaming sessions. He
loved watching his daughter, Ava, play softball. He endured, with great joy, being unmercifully beaten
by his daughter, Lily, at card games. He thoroughly enjoyed rockhounding, fishing, and boating with his
son, Eli. Todd was kind, mindful, and incredibly competitive, in the friendliest of ways. He
enjoyed running, cycling, and hiking. And donuts. He listened to Phish, Dave Matthews
Band, Ben Harper, Dispatch--pretty much any jam band. He was a loving, attentive father, a most cherished
husband, a caring son, a compassionate friend, a conscientious attorney, and the kindest of human beings. He
subscribed to the Buddhist philosophy, and left this world entirely too soon, but with the peace and comfort in knowing he
was leaving behind an honorable legacy, and had lived a reputable, meaningful, loving life. He will be
missed beyond measure.
The family would expressly
like to acknowledge and extend our deepest gratitude to Todd’s firm, Cipriani & Werner, P.C., who provided immeasurable
support and compassion to our family throughout the duration of Todd’s illness. The family would
also like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Andrews & Patel, especially Dr. Kathryn
Peroutka, who provided exceptional care and comfort, always.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of
22 years, Kimberly L. (Diehl) Hough; three children, Elias A., Ava L. and Lily G. Hough, all at home; maternal grandmother,
June A. (Foose-Kerns) Roberts of Carlisle; two brothers, Brian G. Hough (and his wife, Jackie Schnurr) of Moravia, NY, and
James T. Hough of Camp Hill;
his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert L. and Kathie J. Diehl of Mt. Holly Springs; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Thomas S. and Dana L. Diehl of Columbus, OH; his two step-sisters-in-law, Angel Bagwell of Saxton, and Florena Baer of Mt.
Holley, NY; three nieces, Chloe E. Diehl, Taylor M. Hough, and Constance J. Bagwell; and seven nephews, Aidan T. Diehl, Benjamin P. Hough, Aaron J. Hough, Andrew M. Lash, Zachary
A. Gohn, Karson M. Jamison, and Kaplyn J. Jamison. His aunt, Crystal A. Kerns of Carlisle, and cousin,
Rob L. Miller (and his wife, Donna and family) of Carlisle; as well as many beloved extended family members. Todd
was predeceased by his biological father, Michael B. Shank.
A memorial service will be
held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle,
with Rev. Christopher Cecil officiating. A visitation will be from 1 – 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family kindly requests no flowers. Following the service, Todd’s firm, Cipriani &
Werner, P.C., will be hosting a reception. Details will be announced at the service. Memorial contributions
may be made to "Hope for Heaven" at any Member's First FCU branch.
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I met Todd when he started dating one of my best friends in high school. He was sweet, funny, smart,
and just an all around good guy. I'm very happy that he and Kim married and had those 3 beautiful kids. They were a great
match. He will be greatly missed.
thoughts and prayers will be with Todd's family. He was a great colleague at the office; always friendly and very dedicated
to his work.
My deepest condolences
go out to Todd's wife, children, & the rest of his family. He will truly be missed & was a knowledgeable &
caring attorney whom I enjoyed working with.
Mary Kravitz -The GEO Group
I am so sorry to hear of Todd's passing. I am so happy that for the short
time that it was that I had the opportunity to know Todd. To all of the family I say there is never a goodbye for those
you love, Todd will live in many hearts forever. May the Lord give you and your family strength and courage during this
difficult period. Todd will be missed.
May he rest in peace.
My deepest sympathy to Todd's family and friends. He is resting peacefully with the Lord now and
My sincere sympathy to
Todd's family especially to his wife and children. Todd was one of a kind. When he smiled you could not help but be in
a good mood. It was a pleasure working with him over the years. He will surely be missed by everyone he came in contact
Ann Quinn, ESIS Insurance Company
and prayers go out to the family. Todd was always kind and helpful to me. I will miss him.
Sharrod Parker Sr.
My prayers to your family in this very difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with
Elias and the Hough family. They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. ~ Williams Penn
Heartfelt condolences to the Hough family. You are all in
my thoughts and prayers.
deepest sympathies to the family. Todd was a wonderful attorney and I always enjoyed seeing him. May God bless you all this
Todd was a great cousin
and wonderful classmate. A great friend and role model for so many. May you rest in peace knowing that you have touched so
many with your kindness.
for strength and comfort.
Susan Sheller Ross
to Todd's wife and children. He will always being watch over you all. I remember working with Todd at the Navy base.
He always was so nice to work with. May God Bless you all.
My heart and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time.
Marnie White Zimmerman
Todd had a nice smile and great laugh.He was always prepared
and fought hard for his clients. He was a wonderful person, Attorney and family man. He will be missed.Peace
to his family. Take care .
Judge Brian Eader
thoughts and prayers go out to Todd's wife, children, family, and friends. He was one of a kind. His smile was infectious
and he was a very caring, warm, loving person. He will be missed.
Todd was a wonderful friend and confidant during high school. His greatness was evident even then. I send
my thoughts and wishes for peace and understanding to his children, family, and friends.
I had the pleasure of working with Todd while at Lavery, Faherty &
Patterson. He always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.
Todd was a friend and colleague of mine. His easy smile and frequent laugh will be sorely missed.
He was one of the good guys.
so many fond memories of Todd when we worked together at Lavery Flaherty. My sincere condolences to all his family. I share
this great loss!
Grandma Kerns and ALL of Todd's Family...
Although I never had the pleasure of knowing Todd, after having
read his obituary and seen his handsome photo... I know he lived a very FULL life in his shortened years. What a wonderful
young man, who surely touched many lives. My deepest sympathy to all of his loved ones.
Kathy Powless Crawford
I had many cases with Todd. We were always on opposite sides but I enjoyed working with
Todd. He was the consummate professional and was a great guy. He will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Artra and her family. I didn't know Todd, but I know his
mother, and I know this is a hard loss for a mother. You are in my thoughts.
Todd was a terrific human being and it was an honor to know and work with him. He was one of
the most interesting, smart and kind people i have had the pleasure of knowing.
Todd was a great friend and classmate he will be missed rip
Jeff Detwiler Sr
Offering my heartfelt condolences and keeping you and family
in my prayers.
Dear Kimberly, Elias,
Ava, and Lily,
I was very sad to hear about Todd. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Your entire family was welcoming
and friendly to me when I was at your house to work with Ava and Elias.
My deepest sympathy on the death of your beloved son. It just seems so unfair for this
young, vibrant, and energetic man to be taken away from us so early in life. I will keep you in my heart throughout this
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