ELKHART — Robert E. “Bob” Summers, 89, of Elkhart, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Elkhart General Hospital.
He was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Ligonier, to Edmund and Helen (Weaver) Summers.
Upon graduation from Purdue University in 1948, Bob proudly served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He married the love of his life, Catherine Shamory on May 23, 1959.
Bob worked in the procurement area of the RV Industry for most of his career. He spent 20 years with Coachman Industries and retired from the industry in 1995 as a purchasing manager.
He was a member of St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church where he was a member of the gardening committee.
He volunteered for Church and Community services, St Vincent De Paul Society, and was a faithful blood donor.
He was an avid gardener, loved home projects and last, but not least, was a fervent Notre Dame football fan.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Catherine; sons Joseph Summers (Nancy) of Oregon and Thomas Summers (Karen) of Michigan; grandchildren Ryan, David, Matthew, and Conner Summers; daughter-in-law Julie Summers of Texas; sister-in-law Mary Ellen Shamory of Indiana; and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Summers and two sisters, Martha Summers and Evelyn Martin.
Visitation will be from 4 -7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Hartzler Gutermuth Inman Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 4 p.m.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday July 5, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with the Rev. Jason Freiburger officiating.
Calling will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial with military honors will be in St Vincent Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or St Vincent De Paul Society.