William August “Bill” Summers

William August “Bill” Summers, 70, passed away February 27, 2021.

Bill was born October 18, 1950 in Quinter, KS to Oliver and Ecil Summers. He was the youngest of five children, and he often told stories of their adventures growing up. He attended Grainfield Grade School and Grainfield High School before going to Job Corps in Nebraska to learn how to be a mechanic.

He worked on bridges before enlisting to serve in Vietnam as part of the Army’s 101st Airborne. He returned home and married Beverly Cox on December 26, 1971. To this union, four children were born, Tara, Andy, Lonna, and Treva. The Summers Family lived in Peabody, Grainfield, and Quinter. Bill and Bev lived in Quinter for 33 years before moving to Topeka, KS to be close to family.

Bill had a strong faith in Christ and enjoyed fishing, hunting, building and fixing things, and being outdoors. He took pride in his work at Midwest CoOp where he worked for 29 years. He valued the friendships he developed with farmers and community members, and he was missed by many when he retired.

Bill loved his father and mother-in-law, Francis and Vesta Cox dearly, and they loved him. Bill enjoyed painting, driving around in the side-by-side, and playing card games with his grandchildren. 

Survivors include his wife Bev, four children Tara Bowman of Topeka, KS; William “Andy” Summers of Quinter, KS; Lonna Summers Rocha (Justin) of Elmont, KS; and Treva Summers of Topeka, KS; Lonnie Summers (Lee) of Whitewater, KS; Dixie Taylor (Jack) of Heber Springs, Arkansas; and sister-in-law Connie Summers. Grandchildren include Tim, Mariah, and Kei Bowman and Annika Rocha. Bill loved his in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews and many others he considered family. When he invited you into his home, you were also invited into his heart and became part of his family.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ecil (Finch) Summers, brother Bobbie Summers and Jerry Summers, and a son-in-law Scott Bowman.

The Summers family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, therapists, caregivers who have taken care of Bill.

In lieu of memorial contributions, the family asks that you help out neighbors or a stranger in need — just as Bill would have done.

Cards and memories can be sent to Bev Summers, 3515 SW 6th St, Apt 309, Topeka, KS 66606.

A memorial service will be held in Quinter at a later date.  davidsonfuneral.com

Published on March 02, 2021