Jerry Vern Summers, 73, rural Ogallah, died Sunday, July 19, 2020, at his home after a battle with liver cancer and ultimately COVID-19.


He was born March 8, 1947, in Winona to Oliver and Ecil (Finch) Summers.


He married Connie L. Mong, on Aug. 7, 1970, in Grainfield. This year they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage. His work experience included logging, working at a grain elevator, being part of the construction crew that built the Interstate 70 bridges, operating heavy equipment for an earth moving company, 17 years as a section man with the Union Pacific Railroad, public works operator for the City of Grainfield, building and remodeling homes for a construction company and housekeeping at Gove County Medical Center. After retirement, he re-entered the workforce to become a seasonal employee at Cedar Bluff State Park for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. During this time he also joined the AmeriCorps Program where he helped with events at Cedar Bluff and various other parks in Kansas.


He enjoyed spending time with his girls and attending their school activities. He enjoyed taking a piece of wood and carving something out of it.


Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Verda Kay Flinn, Ellis and Gerri Lou Tauber, Ogallah; two brothers, Lonnie Summers (Lee), Whitewater and Bill Summers (Bev), Topeka; a sister, Dixie Taylor and husband, Jack, Heber Springs, Ark.; five grandchildren, Todd Flinn (Danielle), Ticha Altman (Ryan), and Murrae Rebarchek, all of Oakley, Dakota Rebarchek (Taylor), Quinter and Cole Feldt, WaKeeney; his honorary grandchildren, Wyatt Mong, Park and Angel and Wendell Mong, Grainfield; eight great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Kaylen and Easton Flinn; Shayna, Jessyna and Alyna Altman, Ayre Stephen and Brinley Rebarchek; and a host of nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bobbie Summers; and a son-in-law, Douglas Feldt.


A celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Friday at 33021 Q RD, Ogallah. Due to the coronavirus, if you have a fever, cough or are not feeling well, please send condolences via email, on-line guestbook or mail. Social distancing will be suggested at the celebration, so please bring a lawn chair if you have one.


Memorials are suggested to Cedar Bluff State Park or family to be used as needed in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637 or mailed to Connie Summers, 33021 Q RD, Ogallah, KS 67656.


Condolences can be left at the on-line guest book: www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to: keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com