John E. Summers

John E. Summers

John passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and beloved son.  He was born August 6, 1956 in Kalamazoo the son of John Summers and Joelene (Morrell) Staffen. John enjoyed wrestling while in high school and had also wrestled for a year at WMU. He had worked for NWL/Parker Aerospace for 21 years. John loved fishing, coaching his children in sports, following UofM football, spending time on his pontoon boat, and spoiling his grandchildren. On August 22, 1981 at the Plainwell Conservation Club he married Theresa Young who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Ryan (Blair) Summers of Cleveland, OH, Reed (Jessica) Summers of Otsego and Cameron Summers of Plainwell; his grandchildren, Carlie and Presley; his mother, Joelene Staffen; his father, John (Mary) Summers; his siblings, Tim (Valerie) Summers and Jill (Tom) Connor and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Roger Staffen; uncle, Don Keene and by his father –in-law, Donald Young.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Gun Plain Township Hall.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.

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  1. William Harrison says:

    John was so well liked by all .I enjoyed our school years we had with him and working with him at Parker . RIP my friend

  2. Lynne Boss Fahrne says:

    John was a classmate of mine. John was always friendly. My prayers and love to his family. God bless all of you.

  3. Donna Tharge (Moyer) says:

    May God bless you all and keep you during this difficult time for the Summers family. Im sure I can speak for the entire Moyer family when I ask Jesus to surround all of you with his favor and peace.

  4. dawnogden says:

    Theresa, Ryan, Reed and Cam, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Julie Weaver Bonnette says:

    This is such sad news. John was good friend to many people. Gone too soon.

  6. Teri & jack Laster says:

    Theresa & family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Huge hugs

  7. Amy Slone says:

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family . HUGS.

  8. William Sunnerville says:

    Theresa , I am so sorry to hear of your loss . John was such a good person. We will ALL miss him.

  9. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Thersea and Family,
    Please know that John is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! Prayers and love to all of you!

  10. David and Carol Boulter says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of John. Just know that we are thinking of you and love you.

  11. Starr Adams (Vote) says:

    Theresa and boys please know how sorry I am to hear of your loss, may you find peace in knowing that you will all be together in the house of the Lord one day. My hart aches for you all.

  12. Linda McCormick says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a classmate always such a fun guy. My thoughts & prayers are with his family. God Bless you all. RIP John.

  13. Rebecca says:

    I worked for many years with John at NWL. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

  14. Deb Mason says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of John. May God give you comfort at this difficult time, and may you find peace in the wonderful memories of him. Prayers for all.

  15. Randy and Linda Taft says:

    Our family sends their thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss,

  16. Carol rutgers says:

    Theresa, I am so saddened by the news of your loss. I pray the Lord wraps His mighty arms of peace, love and understanding tightly around you and your boys and their families as well. Despite what you may think at this moment, you are a strong woman of God and He made you that way to take you through hard time such as this, lean on Him now and always. I love you, Carol

  17. Norm and Nancy Starr says:

    Theresa and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers that God will give you strength at this difficult time.

  18. Brian & Laura Arehart says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of John thought and prayers are with the whole family.

  19. Theresa L. Campbell says:


    So very sorry for the loss of your husband. I recall when we worked together and John and you started dating. God Bless you and the children.

  20. Adelaide Weeks and Deb Root says:

    Dear Theresa and family,
    May the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness.
    May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort.
    May lasting peace surround your grieving heart.
    We love you Theresa, hugs and prayers from “Granny” and Deb

  21. Tim & Judy Gates Hayes says:

    Theresa & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Hold your memories close to your heart and he will be with you always. Tim and Judy Gates Hayes

  22. Jan Jameson says:

    So very sorry for you loss. Thoughts and Prayers your way.

  23. Bob@JudyWarnerKrebs says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of John. Our thoughts an prayer are with you and your family.

  24. Cherie (Shumaker) Brown says:

    Our prayers for strength and comfort are with the whole family. May you sense Gods presence. You are never alone.

  25. Travis Reardon says:

    My condolences to the entire Summers family during this very tough time.

  26. Ron Thaxton says:

    Theresa, so sorry to hear about your husband. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. It seems only a short time ago that Colleen and I attended your wedding. She thought so much of you. I know what you are going thru. Your family and friends will be there for you.

  27. Mike and Traci Bosch & Dustin and Charity McNees says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, now and always. We pray for comfort during this difficult time and know that it is those special memories that will keep John in your hearts forever..

  28. Tammy Thompson-Drake says:

    Theresa, so very sorry, my prayers are with all of you. Lots of love and hugs, God bless you all.

  29. Sue Burmeister Zylstra says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. thoughts and prayers sent your way.

  30. mary town says:

    so sorry for your loss may god bless you and your family call when you can grab a minute

  31. charlie ford / pine lake says:

    Sorry of your loss

  32. Kim Pierce says:

    Theresa and family we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers

  33. Patti (Vote) Stephens Rybicki says:

    Theresa-Joelene-Boys and Family
    I was saddened to hear of your loss and pray for strength and comfort from our Lord until you can smile and rejoice the Man he was and the family you created. Bless you all and if you need anything

  34. Joyce mohrland says:

    Teres so sorry your in my prayers. May God comfort your family and help you thru this tough time. I am in shock both hou and nancy. So sad.

  35. Michelle Nuyen Honore' says:

    Many good memories spent with the Summers. Sending love to Theresa, Ryan, Reed and Cam. Thinking of you all.

  36. Jamie Schneider says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. John will always be fondly remembered. I know there is no consolation at a time like this, but be assured you will come out of the other end of this ok. Much love and happy memories to the entire family.

  37. Brooke says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to you and your entire family, Ryan.

  38. Stef Nelson and Dave Makela says:

    Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

  39. Danny, Audra, Ella, and Emery Snyder says:

    Uncle John and Aunt Theresa have always been the sweetest people. You both have always welcomed us into your home with open arms and huge smiles. I loved how no matter how much older I got, Uncle John was always so sweet and loving every time I would see him. The last few summers Danny and I would bring the girls out to their house and go fishing. Danny and him would take about fishing stories and the latest in the sports world. I couldn’t ask for better aunts and uncles then I have. Even though you are now looking down at us in heaven, a piece of you will always be with us. Love you Uncle John.

  40. Dawn Lynch King says:

    Theresa and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing and My Sincere sympathy for your loss. I’m joining the prayers of the many people who loved John and at some time in our life were touched by his fantastic sense of strength,
    friendship and fun times. I pray and trust that the Lord will be with you to provide his hand of comfort and peace in the days and months ahead.

  41. Tina Perkins says:

    Theresa and boys. I’m so very sorry for your loss. God bless you and keep you.

  42. Paul and Ruth Stauffer says:

    Dear Theresa and family, We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  43. Jennings and Nancy Heilig says:

    Please know our thougths and prayers are with you and family during tis difficult time

  44. Carl and Janet Summers says:

    Words seem so inadequate to express our sincere sorrow and sympathy for your great loss. Praying for peace and comfort for your entire family.

  45. Jason Corradini says:

    There are no words that can be said that will take away the pain felt from such an overwhelming loss, but I do send my deepest, most hearfelt condolences to you all. I will truly miss Uncle John and all the kindness he showed me every time I saw him.

  46. Pat Salisbury says:

    Dear Theresa and family,
    Wishing you hope in the midst of your sorrow and comfort in the midst of you pain. Know that I am deeply sorry for your loss and that you are being held up in prayer during this difficult time

  47. Karen Burnell Krajecki says:

    I was so sorry to hear about John. We were neighbors growing up and I have so many memories. To Johns family you will be in my thoughts and prayers

  48. Tina (Clifford) Lynch says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences your Family

  49. Howard and Terri Gott (Goodacre) says:

    Theresa and family,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of John. May God be with you and comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  50. Shawna, Tod, Justin & Ryan Steele says:

    Theresa – I am SO sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we have you and your family in our thoughts & prayers during this very difficult time 🙁

  51. Roxanne Gates says:

    Theresa my thoughts and prayers are with you in your family at this very difficult time .

  52. Pam and Shanon Bryant says:

    Theresa and Sons-
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you strength at this time.

  53. Tom & Karen Wright says:

    Sending you our condolences and prayers.

  54. karenlukinsmaxwell says:

    Theresa, Tim, Val and family…So sorry for your loss! I remember John as a nice caring person! Let your good memories get you through this hard time..Prayers for all:)

  55. Terry & Char Bonnell says:

    Theresa and family – So sorry for your loss. We have fond memories from our younger days. May God wrap His arms around you in loving comfort. You all are in our prayers.

  56. Vicky Clarkson Crawford says:

    Tim, Val and all the Summer’s family! Love never fails to cover our loss. Hold tight to those small memories that make you laugh and bring John back to your mind. May you find comfort and peace in each other and know you are supported and loved.

  57. Jessica Andrews (Loviska) says:

    Ryan, Theresa, and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers since I ran in to you last week. John was such a great man and he will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences go out to you, may the love of friends and family help carry you through this difficult time.

  58. Linda Mitzel Miller says:

    I’ll be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. May God’s love and grace be with you always.
    Love You, Linda

  59. Gary and Candi Dunham says:

    Theresa and family, we are so saddened by your loss. We remember John from our younger days and he was just a great guy. Hugs.

  60. Georgina Rozeboom-Doster says:

    So Sorry to hear of your loss, John was such a kind and considerate person, he will be missed.

  61. Mary Steele says:

    Oh Theresa and Family. I just heard the news today from a coworker that John had passed. I am so sorry for your family. I am heartbroken for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  62. Denise Schmidt says:

    Theresa and Family,

    I am so saddened to hear of your loss Theresa.

    Please know that I am praying for you and your family. May the LORD wrap his arms around you and comfort you all at this most difficult time.


  63. janet and jim pearson says:

    theresa – so sorry to hear of your loss.
    i just saw today so had no clue when i saw you
    in hardings. you are in our prayers.

  64. Ruby & Jeremy Rogers says:

    theresa and kids
    we were so sadden to hear the loss of your husband and father, your in our prayers!

  65. Nancy Volker-Oberlin says:

    Dear Theresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and comfort you in this difficult time. Sending healing prayers.

  66. Lauri Rantz Stone says:

    To entire Summers family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. Although we haven’t seen each other in years, I know if I had ran into him, the reunion would have been wonderful.
    I was fortunate to know this family from the time I was small, and remember John as a wonderful, caring, fun and loving man.
    I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers….

    “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die”

    God bless,

  67. Teri Tripp says:

    Theresa and Family, I don’t know how to tell you how very sorry I am to hear of this great loss. You are so in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You and yours Theresa. Teri Tripp

  68. Brian Austin says:

    Theresa, Sheryl and I heard and are very sorry for your loss, John was a great guy and everyone will miss him greatly. We will keep you and your family in out prays.

  69. Ron and Beverly Esterline says:

    Theresa and your boys and families. Ron and I were saddened to hear today of John’s passing recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this very difficult time. God Bless all of you. John and Ron worked together at National Waterlift for many years.

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