Charles H. Summers Sr.


July 9, 1918 - February 24, 2008




Charles H. Summers Sr. was born July 9, 1918 at Mitchell, SD to Frank and Charlotte (Warner) Summers.  He attended school in Mitchell, graduating from high school in 1937.   In 1938 he joined the National Guard and attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD.  In November 1940 his guard unit was activated, assigned to 147th Field Artillery and sent to Fort Ord, CA for training.  He left for the Philippines in November 1941 but was diverted to Brisbane, Australia where he served in the Pacific Theater for two years.  After additional training back in the US, he was sent to the European Theater in January 1945 as the First Sergeant of Battery A, 861st Field Artillery, 63rd Infantry Division, 7th Army. He returned to the United States in 1945.  In 1947 he re-joined the SD National Guard 100th Ordinance Company which was later designated as the 665th Ordinance Company as a Warrant Officer, retiring in 1971 as Warrant Officer 2.  On May 2, 1946 he married Leona Majerus.     He graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1946 with a degree in accounting.  He was inducted into the DWU Hall of Fame in 1997.  He was co-owner of Mitchell Iron and Supply, Inc. from 1947 to 1998.


He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, 50 year member of the American Legion, the Elks and the United Commercial Travelers of America, past president of the Mitchell Junior Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, the VFW and the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years.


He is survived by his wife Leona, three daughters: Mary Schumacher and husband Frank of Blair, NE; Carol and husband Dale Sorenson of Oak Park, IL; Janet and husband Reed Smith of Tucson, AZ; three sons: Raymond Summers and wife Colette of Keystone, SD; Frank Summers of Omaha, NE; Barney Summers and wife Robin of Indianapolis, IN; eleven grandchildren, one step-grandchild and five great-grandchildren, three sisters: Lorraine Diroff of Monroe, MI; Clara Blackburn of Brandon, SD and Dona Clustka of Reno NV.  He was preceded in death by his parents a brother Darwin and three stepsisters.


The family prefers memorials to be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund.  



Thursday, February 28, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Rosary and Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, February 29, 2008
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Randy and Debbie Blackburn on February 27, 2008
Aunt Leona and Cousins Mary, Janet, Carol, Ray, Frank, Barney and Family, are thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult period. I remember so fondly the times we spent in Mitchell at your home and at the lake. Your Dad took a great interest in my military career and I believe I became a better Soldier and person for that. Iím so thankful that I was able to see him this fall. It was remarkable that even though he had struggled the last few years and he had slowed down, he still had memories of his military time and had remarkable stories when I saw him. He was also quick to get to dinner. I am thankful for the memories. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the family.
Posted by Kurt and Monica Konold and Family on February 26, 2008
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your dad and husband. We will be praying for strength and peace for all of you as you remember him with love.
Kurt ,Monica and Family
Posted by Jesse and Lori Suppes on February 25, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Summers family
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