He was born Dec. 12, 1915 in Parke County as the son of Oscar and Vallie Mitchell Summers.
He left school to begin working in the family coal business. Howard married Frances Mercer on Feb. 24, 1940 in Brazil. Together, they farmed and raised Shorthorn cattle in Clay and Parke counties until he was 92.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances Marie Summers on June 25, 2008; and sisters, Opal Ellis and Ethel Green.
He is survived by three sons, Eugene Summers (Brenda) of Reelsville, David Summers (Kanene) of Lebanon and Don Summers of Brazil; grandchildren, Kara Donner of Lebanon, Laura Minor (Jesse) of Reelsville, Kyle Summers (Carrie) of Noblesville, Gena Brock (Adam) of Otterbein, Justin Summers of Lebanon, Jason Summers of Brazil and Kelsie Chilton (Shawn) of Brazil; nine great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Marjorie Adamson (Fred) of Brazil; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday with Pastors Bob Kumpf and Myron James officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lena United Methodist Church, 10932 S. Lena Road, Brazil IN 47834.
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