Raymond E. Summerer

June 3, 2011

Raymond E. Summerer

Raymond E. Summerer of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Plainwell.

Born of German descent on March 14, 1917, in Chicago, IL, Ray grew up in South Haven, Michigan, on his uncle’s fruit farm. He served as 1st Lieutenant in Iceland during WWII, and was honorably discharged after the war. Ray put himself through U of M and became a registered professional electrical engineer, working at A.C. Delco Sparkplug (GM), where he patented the tamperproof odometer, coil-on-plug ignition and different fluid level sensors in use today. He had also worked at Apsco in Allegan, went on to found a successful consulting engineering firm in Otsego, MI, and patented several more electrical devices.

He served on the Board of Elders at Zion Lutheran Church. He was also a member of I.E.E.E. and remained a lifelong outdoorsman, who in his spare time enjoyed fishing, gardening and growing trees. Ray is remembered by his family as a hard worker, humble teacher and a good and honorable man.

On April 26, 1941, in Benton Harbor he married Frances J. Peppler who preceded him in death in 2004. Surviving are his son, Bruce (Linda) Summerer of Plainwell; three grandsons, Allen (Staci) Summerer of Plainwell, Brett (Emily) Summerer of Shanghai, China and Corey Summerer of Denver, CO; four great-grandchildren, Noah, Bree, Truman and Evander; and his brother, Kenneth (Joyce) Summerer of Connecticut.

Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, with Pastor Larry Brelje officiating. Graveside Military Honors will be at Lakeview Cemetery, South Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ray may be made to Christian Neighbors or Wings of Hope Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be left at http://www.winkelfuneralhome.com

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