Harold E. “Bud” Summers

December 20, 1925 ‒ September 21, 2017

Galena, Ohio

Harold E. “Bud” Summers, age 91, died unexpectedly at his home in Galena.

He was born on December 20, 1925 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Wilford E. and Louise May (Jones) Summers.

Bud entered the United States Navy directly after his graduation from Mifflin High School.  His service to his country included time on the U.S.S. Eldorado during World War II.  The Eldorado was a communications ship, meaning Bud was always “1st in Front” during many of the major battles during the war.

In October 1941, he married Mary Katherine Schluep at Linden Lutheran Church in Columbus.  Katherine passed away this past April and after 75 years together, a big piece of Bud went with her.

Bud worked for both Pure Oil and Phillips 66 as a Physical Auditor, monitoring fuel levels and usage rates.  He eventually retired from The Ohio State University where he was an accountant in Accounts Receivable and Payable.

Those who knew Bud, knew of his love of cookies.  As a creature of habit, he’d start nearly every day with peanut butter cookies and a couple hours later would “push down” his pills with Vanilla Oreos.  Many of Bud’s quirks centered around food, from the way he meticulously cut his food to his affection of popsicles.

He never wasted an opportunity to tell folks about his Mercury Grand Marquis, the “nicest car in town”.

Bud loved to talk politics with Uncle Darrel and was always telling jokes.  In fact, his doctor had a collection of jokes from each of Bud’s visits.

He held membership with the American Legion, Post #457 in Sunbury.

He will be missed by his children David and his wife Rose of Delaware, Karen Stamm of Columbus, and Dan and his husband Blaine Wright of Delaware; five grandchildren Billie Jo Derfer, Eric Summers, Wendy Rains, Kyle Summers, and Chrystal Chaffins; ten great grandchildren; and his sister Juanita Mae Schluep of Westerville.

In addition to his parents and his wife he was preceded in death by his son-in-law David Stamm, and sisters Deanna Hessler and Elizabeth Keenan.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Friends may call from 5 PM until the time of the service.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Bud’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Bud and Mary Katherine were some of my favorite people. I will always hold found memories of the family reunion. They were truly special!