Dallas S. "Dal" Summers, 69, of Chambersburg, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family. Born June 15, 1942, in Bradford, he was the son of the late James E. Summers, and Cornelia J. "Connie" Summers of Fayetteville. He was a loving husband and devoted father and lovingly known to his grandchildren as "Pop". As a young man he joined the army,and served from 1959-1961. He was stationed at West Point and later was sent overseas to Germany where he was a tank and Jeep mechanic and worked in the motor pool. Upon returning to the States, he mastered many trades - he was a car salesman and a hearing aide specialist. He and his wife owned a logging and sawmill company and an art gallery. He had his CDL and drove trucks and tour buses, and also sub-contracted for Lowe's installing garage doors and openers in the local area. Dal was known by those who loved and knew him as a 'Jack of all Trades' who loved to garden, but his true passion was carpentry. He was a master carpenter and woodworker, and those who would stop in to see him would usually find him in his shop building another beautiful piece of furniture or restoring an antique. Dal's quick wit, love of literature, work ethic, and attention to details is his family's legacy. In addition to his mother, Connie Summers, he is survived by his wife, Kimberly Summers whom he married December 31, 1981; 6 children - daughter, Heather Jystad and husband, Dan of North Carolina, son, Zane Summers and wife, Karla of Georgia, son, Joe Summers and wife, Stefanie of Pennsylvania, son, Ben Summers and wife, Amber of West Virginia, daughter, Kari Price and husband, Jeff of Pennsylvania, and daughter, Becky Summers of Pennsylvania; 3 grandsons; 11 granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; and 2 great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Summers; son, Jay T. Summers; and granddaughter, Whitney DeYoung. A simple memorial service will be held Sunday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. at their home, 5697 Bikle Rd., Chambersburg. Visitation and fellowship will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, Inc, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.
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Published in Public Opinion on May 18, 2012