Harold F. Summers

November 27, 1929 ‒ January 30, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

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

Born November 27, 1929 in Massillon, Ohio, 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 on 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 PM on Friday, February 1, 2019, at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Rd., Fredericktown, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

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

To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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

Legacy Touch fingerprint
PIN number for Harold:
Place an order by visiting

  • He was the very BEST of the BEST. Never has there been a better or kinder man.😪💕 Sharon Summers Wise.

  • Jill and family,

    So many fond memories of evenings full of singing and laughter at FUMC choir practice! I’ll never forget the night I told Laura I had a cold and wanted to sing bass with your dad instead of tenor. She laughed and said try it. He tried to go as low as he could and with my cold I went with him note for note. He said “You are sick” and then busted out laughing!

    He was always such a sweet man. You knew he genuinely cared when he asked how you were doing and it was never I will pray for you later. He prayed right then and there! His smile shined forth the Light and Love of the Lord!

    My prayers are with you and the rest of the family as you walk through these next few days!

  • We are sending our deepest sympathy to Harold’s family.

    We have known Harold for many years. He truly lived his life for Christ and his family. He was one of the nicest, kindest and most caring people that we have ever known. He and Janice are together at last.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Uncle Harold was an amazing man. My only regret is not knowing him longer. He was nothing but kind and loving from the first day I met he and Aunt Janice at our wedding. The trips we took together, while few, were filled with an overflowing amount of laughter, love, and memories.

  • I have so many fond memories of Harold, Janice, Jill, Tom and Larry. The Summers family will always be kept safely tucked away in my heart. Special nights – especially Christmas Eves – when we would first, of course, attend church services and then go to their house for food and fun. Such a dear, sweet, gentle, genuine, and GOOD man. I loved Harold – always a kind word for everyone. I will miss his hugs at church. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs, Cheryl White.

  • Jill and the rest of your family sorry for your loss. I met your Mother and Father when I went to work at school with Janice love them. Both so kind and caring. They are together again in GOD’S hands. God’s love be with all the family. Love Paul and May

  • To the families, so very sorry for the passing oh your loved Harold, he was so pleasant. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Living across from the Summers family is one of my cherished childhood memories. Mr. Summers was one of the kindest people I ever knew. He’s one of the rare kind who can always lift you up no matter what is going on. I have a lot of great memories of him – too many to share here. My condolences and love to all the family.

  • Harold was my boss during my time with Stauffer Chemical Company. He was a great mentor and always kind and caring. I was certainly lucky to know both Harold and Janice. We were fortunate to have a Stauffer reunion in Ohio in 2009 and to see both Harold and Janice. My prayers go to his family and loved ones.

  • Fond memories of Harold’s great smile and kind heart, watching our families grow up enjoying picnics in East Moundvale and the Methodist Church. My condolences to Larry, Tom, and Jill and families.

  • Fond memories of Harold and Janice. Sang in the choir with both of them and loved each one. Harold was always so kind to me-Will miss him a lot-Love to Jill and the boys.
    Love -Wilma Pritchard

  • Jill and family;
    Oh the memories!! Our years at Fredericktown United Methodist Church are filled with so many memories of Harold. First of all, singing in the choir and hearing his awesome bass voice. I remember one year that he sang “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” for the Hanging of the Greens. Every time I hear that song now, I fondly remember his beautiful rendition of that song. I will never forget our mission trip to Haiti and at the hospital how Harold held and rocked this little Haitian child – of which I will cherish the picture I took of him that day. His woodworking abilities came to life in Haiti, too. And then there are the trips to Indianapolis for Praise Gathering. He now is with Jesus and probably warming up to sing bass (right next to my dad) in that Heavenly Choir. See you on the other side, Harold!! We love you! Love, Lisa and Jim Tharp

  • We will truly miss Harold. I sang in two different quartets with Harold. We had so much fun during practice on Sunday nights. He certainly enjoyed singing. We will think of Harold every time we look at our cupboards and shelving in our living room. Harold was a true Christian. He lived his faith. We offer our condolences to his entire family, especially to Larry, Tom, and Jill.

  • To: Larry, Tom, Jill, and the Summers family
    From: Morris and Sue

    Date: January 31, 8:30 pm
    We will truly miss Harold. He was a true Christian. He lived his faith. He really loved to sing. I so enjoyed singing with him in the choir and in three quartets. We had so much fun during our Sunday night practices. Even when he had dementia, he would sing his heart out singing the hymns in his pew. We will think of Harold every time we look at the cupboards and shelves he built in our living room. Sue and I send our condolences to the entire Summers family. I hope that some day I can sing in a heavenly quartet with Harold.

  • Harold was a wonderful man. Your whole family were great neighbors. Alan followed Harold everywhere when he was little–from the workshop to the top of the roof when you were roofing it. I always think of Harold when I look at my beautiful kitchen cupboards and my one of a kind glass display case as well as all of the wooden Christmas gifts that are around my house. My condolences to you; Jill, Tom and Larry. I know that you will miss him, but we know where he is, as he loved the Lord.

  • Jill and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I know from seeing the way your face lit up when you shared stories that your dad was a special man. Hold onto those beautiful memories and know that he is with his lord and savior singing praises! Love, hugs, and prayers to you all.

  • Larry and family,
    I was sad to see the passing of you Dad. My sincere condolences and a prayer for comfort and peace. May you feel the arms of God surround you as you grieve.

  • Jill,Tom and Larry So sorry to hear of Harolds passing I always watched for him on Sunday He was always happy and glad to be there, He was a very special person and will be missed . He was a truly godly man. Our condolence to the family Skip and Bev.Edwards

  • Our thoughts and prayers for all the Summers family. Great memories of singing in the choir with Harold & Janice. He was such a man of God if ever there was. He was truly loved.

  • To The Summers Family,
    What a wonderful friend. Remember the Freddie Thursday Golf group that spent many weeks and years being together and having such a good time golfing. Memories are wonderful.
    Sending our deepest sympathy to all of you and pray God will give you comfort and peace in the coming days.
    Ralph and Doris Shira

  • I must say having to go way back, in remembering the fishing trips in Canada with the gang, camping trips, & the card parties on Saturday night. He was a great guy, friend of our family through the years and others too. Almost forgot the times Tom & I had with at the Ohio State Farm Science Review.Our thoughts and prayers to all of your family.

  • Sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. My sympathy to his family. I knew Harold from my time together at Stauffer Chemical. He was a good man .

    Bill Randell