DIXON – Richard F. Summers, 83, of Dixon, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at KSB Hospital in Dixon.
Richard was born June 5, 1930, in Alton, the son of Lester Leland and Edna Marie (Holmes) Summers. He worked as a crane operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 32 years. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and was a prisoner of war for 33 months in Korea. Richard married Betty Emerson on July 19, 1970, in Dixon. He was a member of Lincoln Avenue Church of God in Dixon. Richard played guitar all his life and enjoyed golfing.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Dixon; nine children, Teresa Marie Islas of Carterville, Ramona Francine Summers of Erie, David Lynn Summers of Sterling, Richard Lyle (Patricia) Summers of Lee Center, Mark Kevin (Ann) Summers of Amboy, Brenda Kay (Richard) Swinney of Albuquerque, N.M., Sharon Lee (Roy) Burgess of Emerson, Judy Ann (Roger) Hardesty of Rock Falls, and Peggy Sue (Jim) Schelling of Leaf River; two brothers, Leland Summers of Jerseyville and Jim (Audrey) Summers of Rochelle; 22 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Charles.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Avenue Church of God, 704 W. Lincoln Ave., Dixon, with the Rev. Mike Worrell, pastor, officiating. Military honors will be accorded immediately after the funeral. McDonald Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Lincoln Avenue Church of God, 704 W. Lincoln Ave., Dixon, IL 61021.
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