Robert "Bob" Eugene Summers, 85, Greenfield and a former resident of Hillsboro, passed away at the Springhurst Health Campus surrounded by his family, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 8:40 p.m.
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Bob was born in Bismarck, Ill., on Jan. 19, 1928. He was the son of the late Raymond E. and Jessie (Regan) Summers. Bob was a 1947 graduate of Hillsboro High School. While living in Hillsboro, Bob owned and operated the Summer's Shelter Insurance Agency. He also was a painter and had worked with plumbing and heating. He was a former owner of Hatties Café in Hillsboro. Bob could honestly say he has worked on at least 75 percent of the homes in Hillsboro, either by building them, painting, plumbing, heating, trimming trees or planting flowers. He loved his family, friends, and reached out to help them.
Bob held dual memberships with the Trinity Park United Methodist Church in Greenfield and the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Bob was a 50 year member and past master of the Hillsboro Lodge # 385 F.& A.M.; member of the Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine Valley of Terre Haute; 50 year member and past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 194 of Hillsboro.
Bob faithfully served our country as a member of the Air Force and saw action during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was presently a member of the Disabled American Veterans # 32 of Lafayette. Bob was active in the Hillsboro community by serving as President of the Hillsboro Booster Club; was a former member of the Veedersburg Lions Club and a 30 year member of the Girl Scouts of America. Bob especially enjoyed being a Master Gardener, a degree that he received from Purdue and Ohio State Universities. He is listed in the Wall of Fame from Jackson Perkins Company for his 9 foot Mr. Lincoln. Bob also helped organize the Fountain County Ambulance Service and also served as a First Aid instructor at the Fountain Central High School.
On Aug. 11, 1951, Bob married Nadine L. Leimgruber in Houston, Texas. He leaves behind his wife, Nadine of 62 years; four daughters, Sharon Summers, Greenfield; Nancy Funkhouser, Elizabethtown, Ky.; Jeannine Summers, Cincinnati, Ohio and Jody (Rodney) Christman, Ansonia, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Joshua Funkhouser, Kim (Charles) Casey, Christie Funkhouser, Justin and Jamie Brewer, Robert, Megan and Allen Christman; six great-grandchildren, Jessica, Makayla and Katlyn Funkhouser, A.J., Jenna and Jules Casey; a brother, Pete (Dorothy) Summers, Hillsboro; two sisters, Ramona (Jerry) Main, Anchorage, Alaska and Lois (Paul) Ridge, Crawfordsville. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rex and Joe Summers along with a sister, Iris Davidson.
Funeral services were held at the Maus Funeral Home, Hillsboro, on Dec. 23 with Bob's daughter Sharon Summers, grandson Joshua Funkhouser and Ed Nickles officiating. Burial with military honors was held in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Hillsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Park United Methodist Church, 207 W. Park Avenue, Greenfield, IN 46140 or the Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 107 E. Market St., Hillsboro, IN 47949
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Published in Review Republican from Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 26, 2014