Reginald James Dunkinson passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 15, 1930, in Hanover, PA, to James R. Dunkinson (born in Hanover, PA) and Ida M. Eldred Dunkinson (born in Bonneaville, PA).
Reg graduated from Gettysburg High School, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia. He studied voice privately with Bernard Wert of Harrisburg, Joseph Rocco of Philadelphia, and Marguerite Haymes of New York City.
Reg served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was owner and proprietor of the Mainframe Computer Center of Hummelstown and was well-known as the leader and singer of "Reggie James and the Tiffany's".
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Hummelstown, and directed many church choirs over the past 53 years including the First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg. Reg was a member of the Hanover American Legion Post 14; and Past President of the Parent Teachers Association, the Crestview Manor Civic Association, and the Hummelstown Business and Professional Association.
Reg is survived by his wife of 64 years, Regina M. Smith Dunkinson; his son, Robert E. Dunkinson II (Jayne) of Palmyra; his daughter, Lisa Roscoe of Harrisburg; two grandsons, Jason Roscoe (Marsha) of Hershey and Isaac Dunkinson of Hummelstown; a great-granddaughter, Gina Roscoe; and a sister, Shirley A. Dunkinson of Gettysburg. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Ann Dunkinson, his parents, two brothers, Robert and Dale, and a sister, Audrey Rudisill, of Gettysburg.
Aside from his family, Reg's greatest love was music. He shared that gift with his children and influenced many upcoming musicians. He was greatly loved by his family and his many students and followers.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 11 AM in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. Lois K. Van Orden, his pastor, and The Rev. Andrew R. Geib, pastor St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, officiating. Private interment will be in the New Bloomfield Cemetery. Friends will be received for a viewing in the church’s parlor from 10 AM until time of the service.
Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
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