Thomas H. Summy
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Iowa City, Iowa
Thomas H. Summy, 76, died at UIHC Tuesday, February 12th surrounded by his family.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 pm, Saturday, February 16th at St. Patrick' Catholic Church with the Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Family committal services will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30 pm in the Parish Hall at the Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed St. Patricks Catholic Church, the Regina Foundation or to the University of Iowa Foundation for UIHC
Tom was born July 3,1936 in Panora, Iowa to Kathryn Hart and Howard Summy. A graduate of Panora High School in 1954, Tom also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (1965) and a Masters of Business Administration (2000), both from the University of Iowa. Tom proudly served in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961. Tom married Mary Jo "Toby" Hobart in 1959. The happy union produced Elizabeth, Sarah, John (Alison), Matthew (Kathryn) and Joel (Carrie) and nine grandchildren. Mary Jo died in 1992. Those left to honor him also include his sister Vicki (Joseph Webb) and her children Ross (Pam) and Scott Todd and his brother-in-law Tom (Jeri) Hobart and their children Will (Betsy) and Jaye.
In 1994, Tom married Yvonne (Suzie) Oliver in Iowa City. Suzie's children Brian (Laurence), Nathan and Sheral (Chris Jensen) as well as seven grandchildren expanded Tom's family, much to his delight.
In 1962, Tom purchased the clothing store Stephens of Iowa City, which he operated in three different locations until 1992. After closing Stephens, Tom worked as a regional general contractor. Other business interests included Stephens for Women, the first private liquor store in the state of Iowa, a canoe outfitter store and a local FM radio station. He was President Elect of the Menswear Retailers Association, a national trade association and a board member of Iowa Public Television. Tom believed strongly in giving back to the community, and his community service included Sunrise Optimist Club, Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Association, Red Cross board, boys baseball, various youth groups and fund drives, Regina Boosters Club Board President, St. Joseph Cemetery Board, St. Patrick's Church, Master Gardener, I-Club, University of Iowa Presidents Club Foundation, Iowa City Library Board President and Eastern Iowa Library Board, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Elks Club and the Ronald McDonald House. He was especially proud to be an Iowa Century Family Farm owner in Guthrie County.
Tom's varied interests included his yard and his flowers, walleye and fly fishing, being a private pilot and the activities of grandchildren. People, ice cream, popcorn, mowing his yard and a four o'clock beer were important priorities in his life. He enjoyed travels to Russia, Great Britain, France, China, Tibet, Africa, the North Seas and 48 of 50 US states (New Hampshire & Vermont were on the list for this summer). A long-time supporter of Iowa athletics, he restricted his travel during football seasons.
He wants the world to know he had a great life and was very lucky to live so long. His children want everyone to know he was a role model and inspiration to many.
Arrangements are with Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, where online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com
Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 14, 2013