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Travis S. Finkenbinder, Supervisor

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Richard Kensel Evans

March 18, 1926 ~ December 18, 2018 (age 92)
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Richard Evans

On December 18, 2018, Dick Evans left this world to join his wife, Louise Brandt Evans. Dick died peacefully.  As recently as a few weeks earlier, he had been well enough to tour the Hershey Story Museum.

Dick grew up in Hummelstown, attended Hershey schools, Hershey Junior College, Dickenson College, Wharton School of Business and eventually earned a PHD in Governmental Labor Relations.

Dick’s career included working for Hershey Chocolate Factory, Honeywell, AMP, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dick was very proud of his WW II Coast Guard service, enthralling his family with stories of gooney bird chases, cans and cans of cranberry sauce and the ultimate boredom of living on Gardner Island, also known as Nikumaroro.  He was fascinated with Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, working with TIGHAR in an attempt to solve this mystery.

Dick moved his family often, expanding their horizons by living in New England, Virgina and central Pennsylvania.  He was an avid reader, especially of news reports.  Dick’s beautiful tenor voice added to choral concerts and annual family camping trips. He was a dedicated writer. He and Louise loved to travel and to dance.  

Richard was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Louise.  He is survived by his son, Douglas of Hummelstown, Pa, daughters Jeanine of Nova Scotia, Joyce of Gibsons, British Columbia and Barb of Williamstown, Pa. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

A “Gathering for Dick” will be held in March. We will celebrate his life and his opportunity to “Begin the Beguine” once again with Louise.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Rothermel-Finkenbinder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 25 W. Pine St., Palmyra, PA 17078.  Memories and condolences can be shared at

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