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Richard P. True Jr. Obituary
Richard P. True, Jr. of Derry Twp., Hummelstown, Pa., formerly of Rochester, N.Y., Wrentham, Mass. and Providence, R.I. passed away on January 27, 2011. Born April 1, 1941 in Providence, R.I., he was the son of the late Richard P. Sr. and Dorothy (Foss) True, of Providence and Woonsocket R.I., and Wrentham and East Dennis, Mass. He was a 1960 graduate of Tabor Academy, Marion, Mass. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., in 1966 where he was a member of the Universitys Interfraternity Council, a student manager of the Bison football team under coach Bob Odell, and President of the University's Phi Lambda Theta Fraternity, now Bucknells chapter of Chi Phi. He received his Master of Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. in 1980. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania from 1971 to 2007. He retired in 2005 as Controller of Susquehanna Valley Construction, New Cumberland, after 23 years with that firm and an employment history that also included the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Xerox Corporation. He was a telephone counselor, board member and Treasurer of the former CONTACT Harrisburg, the local affiliate of CONTACT Teleministeries USA and Australia's Lifeline International. As a long-time member of Harrisburgs Appalachian Sports Car Club, he served as General Chairman of the final automobile hill climb sanctioned by the PA Hill Climb Association. He attended Hummelstown's Trinity United Methodist Church, was a long time member of its Finance Committee, and was Treasurer of its Memorial Fund. He volunteered for the IRS/VITA campaign doing annual tax returns for low income families in the Harrisburg and Middletown areas. He was also a volunteer driver for Hummelstowns Elder Express senior transportation service. He was also a member of South Hanover Townships Planning Commission from February 2000 to February 2006. Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Sharon (Hartzell) True, children Natalie E. True of New Orleans, La. and Wyatt P. True of Eugene, Ore., a brother Frederick and his wife Jean of Wrentham, Mass., a sister Merrill Cutting of Honolulu, Hawaii and her husband Donald, and multiple cousins, nephews and nieces. Dick and Sharon traveled extensively in retirement to Canadas Atlantic provinces, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, China, Iceland, Italy, Scandinavia, and to Africas Uganda, where they served on a mission team in January, 2008. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 West Main Street, Hummelstown, Pa. preceded by a visitation from 10 a.m. In keeping with his wishes, the body was donated to the Pennsylvania Humanity Gifts Registry for use in anatomy education classes at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. The remains will eventually be cremated and interred at the HGR memorial site in the Hershey Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Jen's Friends Cancer Foundation, PO Box 1842, North Conway, NH 03860 -1842 or on the Web at www.jensfriends.org. Condolences may be shared at BuseFuneralHome.com

Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2011
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