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Robert E Summers

January 2, 1930 ~ July 1, 2019 (age 89)


Robert E. “Bob” Summers, 89, of Elkhart, died Monday, July 1, 2019 at Elkhart General Hospital.  He was born January 2, 1930 in Ligonier, IN, to Edmund and Helen (Weaver) Summers.

Upon graduation from Purdue University in 1948, Bob proudly served his country in the United States 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 is his wife of 60 years, Catherine, Sons, Joseph Summers (Nancy) of Oregon, 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 Wednesday, July 3 from 4 -7 PM, at Hartzler Gutermuth Inman Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 4 PM. 

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 11 AM, Friday July 5, at St Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Jason Freiburger officiating. Calling will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Church.  Burial with Military Honors will be at St Vincent Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or St Vincent De Paul Society.

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Recitation of the Rosary
July 3, 2019

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home Inc.
403 W. Franklin Street
Elkhart, IN 46516

July 3, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home Inc.
403 W. Franklin Street
Elkhart, IN 46516

Mass of Christian Burial
July 5, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
1405 N. Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46514


St. Thomas the Apostle Church
1331 N. Main Street, Elkhart IN 46514

St. Vincent de Paul Society
520 Crescent Ave., South Bend IN 46617

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