Randy S. Whitson
Panebaker Funeral Home & Cremation Care Center, Inc.
311 Broadway
Hanover, PA
HANOVER Randy S. Whitson, 57, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, with his family and friends by his side. Born on Friday, February 28, 1958, in Hanover, he was a son of Wanda Anderson Whitson of Hanover and the late Shad J. Whitson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Steven L. Whitson. Randy received Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Administration of Criminal Justice. He also earned a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and was also a graduate of the FBI Academy and the Hanover Public School District Practical Nursing Program. He was a member of the Hanover Borough Police Department for more than 32 years and served as police chief from 2005 to 2013. In his retirement, he was looking forward to a career in nursing. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Jean M. Whitson; a son, Jeremy T. Whitson of Largo, Fla.; a sister, Lori J. Livingston of Hanover; and a large extended family. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc., 311 Broadway, Hanover, with Chaplain Thomas Shelley officiating. Chief Randy Whitson will lie in repose from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boston University Metropolitan College, Annual Fund: Criminal Justice, c/o Katherine Moran, Boston University, 755 Commonwealth B-4, Boston, MA 02215; or to the SPCA of York County, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17402. Expressions of sympathy may be shared by visiting www.PanebakerFuneralHome.com
Published by Evening Sun on Apr. 17, 2015.
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Randy was a great man and was a huge support to me and my family when my husband passed in 2010. May God comfort you, Jean, as you move forward knowing he was loved and respected by many.
Amy Despines
April 21, 2015
so sorry to hear about our dear beloved family member`s passing our condolences to his family from ours...Fern Lattanzio and children Michelle Richardson, Alex Nowak, and vincent Nowak
April 20, 2015
RIP my friend. Thank you for all you have done for our communities! Dixie and Tom Noble
Dixie Noble
April 20, 2015
I'm so sad to hear of this. Prayers to all the family and friends.
Deb Heldibridle-Worley
April 20, 2015
Happy is the person who finds their calling at some point in their life. A few people fulfill their calling well. Fewer still are those who know their calling as a young person and endeavor their entire lives fulfilling it. Ever since I can remember as we grew up in the Penn Street and George Street area, Randy wanted to become a policeman. None us in the neighborhood gang knew with how much passion, integrity, and completeness that Randy would find and fulfill his special call. How many people has Randy protected, assisted, corrected, and inspired. Its now time to rest and enjoy what heaven has prepared. Rest in peace my friend.
Bill Strausbaugh
April 19, 2015
Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. When I look at the night sky, it will be nice to know that Randy is shining down on us.
Heidi Hormel
April 19, 2015
Fly high with the Angels...
R.I.P. Randy
Karen Myers
April 18, 2015
Rest In Peace My Friend. Steve Trostle
April 18, 2015
All of Hanover thanks you for your service. Proud to be your friends...
John, Bill and Phil Knobloch
Phil Knobloch
April 18, 2015
The Clearview Block Watch would like to send our condolences. Chief Whitson was a very big help with our group. It soon became obvious to all that he was not only a excellent police chief but a good friend that will be missed.
Clearview Block Watch
Nancy Fahey
April 18, 2015
Wanda, Jean and family. So sorry to learn of Randy' s passing.He always had a special place in our hearts. A Wonderful person. Sue and Larry Marsh
Sue and Larry Marsh
April 18, 2015
I had the pleasure of being Randy's instructor at York College on two occasions. He was a devoted student with notable academic success and remarkable humility. Randy led an exemplary life and has left an enduring legacy of character, integrity, service, kindness, and gentle strength. I will always remember Randy.
Zehao Zhou
April 18, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about Randy. You are in my prayers and thoughts these last few days. I always remembered how kind he was when we were going to school with the challenges we faced, especially when we were preparing to take our boards. You might have forgotten but I never did- he offered to pay for my overnight stay at the motel because of my finical burden at the time. That's the kindness he always showed. May you get through this difficult time in the remembrance of you 34 years of sharing. Call if you need anything. Love sent your way Gina
April 18, 2015
Jean and Family, Sam and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Dearest Brother, Rest in Peace, you will always have a special place in our hearts.
Sam and Diane Gilbert
April 17, 2015
April 17, 2015
Jeanne, I am so very sorry for your loss of Randy, please know my thoughts & prayers are with you now & always. I'm sure Randy & Fred are up there telling stories already & you know Fred had many to tell! Take care, Helen Barkby
April 17, 2015
I had the pleasure of knowing Randy for many years through our jobs. He always had a smile and a kind word; he was truly one of the good guys. He will be missed. Rest in peace Chief.
Shelley Creasy
April 17, 2015
Jean and Jeremy, I am so very sorry. Randy will always be remembered as a kind friend and community leader.
Sandy Lawrence
April 17, 2015
Jean, you remain in my prayers as you mourn the loss of a wonderful man and celebrate Randy's life well lived.

Love, Teresa
Teresa Hessler
April 17, 2015
Lori so sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for you and the rest of family members.
Lydia Lupp
April 17, 2015
Wanda, Lori & all of Randy's family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this most difficult time for you. Our sincere condolences.
Russ & Mary Croson
April 17, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to the Whitson family.
Kandie Shearer
April 17, 2015
To all Randy's family and friends, My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in all the wonderful memories made and shared with Randy. I had a few college classes with him about 10+ years ago and would never forget what a kind and wonderful person he is. Always had a smile and ready with a joke. Always willing to help. Always ready to chat seeing him out and about Hanover. Great guy, and will be missed by so many. God Bless.
Allison Myers
April 17, 2015
Jeanie....I'm so sorry to read of your husbands' passing...My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
Jane Sease Sneeringer
April 17, 2015
Lori, you and your family will be in our prayers
April 17, 2015
Jean and family, I am so sorry to hear of your lost. You will be in my thoughts and prayers,GOD BLESS YOU ALL! BARB DEARDORFF.
April 17, 2015
Dear Lori - On behalf of your classmates, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Randy was a wonderful man and we all thank him for his service to Hanover. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Andrea Niehoff Goodson Hanover High School - Class of 1981
April 17, 2015
My prayers are going out to the entire Whitson family
Eugene and Brenda Kuhn
April 17, 2015
Jeanne & Family,I'm so sorry for your loss he will be missed by many.Please be able to find peace with the lord & I'm sending prayers and you're thought of often. Love & hugs to you.xoxo
Judy Seymore
April 17, 2015
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