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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.

Todd’s 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.
Jennifer Allen

Our 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.

Dave Radcliff

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.
Lumi Ythier

My deepest sympathy to Todd's family and friends. He is resting peacefully with the Lord now and forever.

Patti Makepeace

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 with.
Ann Quinn, ESIS Insurance Company

Our thoughts 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.

Barb Enders

My thoughts and prayers are with Elias and the Hough family. They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. ~ Williams Penn

Jake Miller

Heartfelt condolences to the Hough family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Gretchen Pugh

My deepest sympathies to the family. Todd was a wonderful attorney and I always enjoyed seeing him. May God bless you all this time.

Marylou Matas

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.

David Goodyear

Prayers for strength and comfort.

Susan Sheller Ross

Prayers 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.

Kirk Baublitz

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

My 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.
Linda Cornnell

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.
Ernie Freund

 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.
Barbara Lauver

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.
Larry Barone

I have 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!

Robbie Foreman

Artra, Crystal, 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.
Brad Bolinger

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.
San Self

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.
Tom Wilken

Todd was a great friend and classmate he will be missed rip
Jeff Detwiler Sr

Dear Kim,
Offering my heartfelt condolences and keeping you and family in my prayers.
Uncle Ivan

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.
Loretta Connolly


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 difficult time.

Judy Meck

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Since 1853
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