FREDERICKTOWN — Harold F. Summers, 89, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in the presence and prayers of his beloved family, as he was the entirety of his life.

Born Nov. 27, 1929, in Massillon, to parents Lawrence and Ethel (Hoover) Summers, Harold graduated in 1947 from Massillon Washington High School, where he sang in the choir with the love of his life, Janice M. Ripple.

They wed March 10, 1951, in between Harold’s final exams and graduation exercises from The Ohio State University. They were married for 59 years.

A proud veteran, Harold served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1954, achieving the rank of Staff Sargent.

For a quarter century, Harold was a Regional Sales Manager for Stauffer Chemical Company, the job that originally brought his family to Fredericktown. Upon his retirement in 1987, he launched a business — Summers Wood Specialties — which married his gift of woodworking with his passion for giving to others. Specializing in kitchens, Harold’s legacy will include not only generations of family, but generations of furniture that he shared with friends and strangers alike over decades of honing his craft.

But above all, Harold was all about his faith and his family. Harold and his wife sang together in the Fredericktown United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years, while raising a family of three children who brought endless joy and love through each season of his wonderful life. Harold’s eloquent prayers blessed many a family meal and gathering, from Christmases to weddings to Father’s Day lunches, and will be sorely missed by all they touched.

A deeply good man of generosity, kindness, honesty and integrity, Harold is survived by sons, Larry F. (Kathy) Summers of Findlay and Tom R. (Erin) Summers of Mount Sterling; a daughter, Jill A. (Jeff) Adams of Fredericktown; beloved grandchildren, Lori, Kyle, Megan, Steven, Jessica, Michelle, Kevin and Kara; and seven great-grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his sister, Esther E. (Pfahler) Snyder, his parents, and his wife, Janice, who passed away April 10, 2010.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Dr. William Elder for being Harold’s physician and friend for nearly 40 years. The family is also grateful to the nurses and staff of the Ohio Eastern Star Home and the most recent care provided by the staff of Kindred Hospice.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will follow in the Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown United Methodist Church.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Harold F. Summers.


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