John Van Slyke
Summers, 93, died peacefully 01/22/2013.
John is preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Jean of 65 years and granddaughter Kathryn Lenice Carlin. He is survived by 3 children; Patsy Summers Carlin & husband Clifford , John Summers Jr.& wife Lorie & Craig Summers, 5 grandchildren; John III, Shea and husband BJ Snow, Sarah, Blake, Hailey & husband David Higgins, 3 Snow great-grandchildren; Kayla, Austin & Noah. Mr Summers served in the US Navy for 6 years. He was Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st class. He took part in the battle of the Coral Sea on the USS Lexington CV-2 aircraft carrier until she went down 1942. He received a Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action on the USS Sangamon in 1945. He was Honorably discharged in 1947. John moved to Houston to open a new branch of Summers Electric in 1951. Summers Electric was headquartered in Dallas. It was the first privately held electrical wholesale company to go public. John was Executive V.P. until 1979 when he & his brother Earl T. Summers sold the company. In early years John loved to ice skate, dance, swim and was an avid golfer at Lakeside Country Club. John was a hard working, honest, kind hearted gentleman, respected and loved by many. He will forever live in our hearts.
Private Family Memorial.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 10, 2013