Dallas S. "Dal " Summers, 69, of Chambersburg, Pa., passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Born June 15, 1942, in Bradford, Pa., he was the son of the late James E. Summers and Cornelia J. "Connie" Summers of Fayetteville, Pa.
He was a loving husband and devoted father, and lovingly known to his grandchildren as "Pop." As a young man, he joined the U.S. Army and served from 1959 to 1961. He was stationed at West Point and later was sent overseas to Germany, where he was a tank and jeep mechanic and worked in the motor pool. Upon returning to the United States, he mastered many trades. He was a car salesman and a hearing aid specialist. He and his wife owned a logging and sawmill company and an art gallery. He had his commercial driver's license and drove trucks and tour buses. He also subcontracted for Lowe's, installing garage doors and openers in the local area.
Dal was known by those who loved and knew him as a "Jack of all trades" who loved to garden, but his true passion was carpentry. He was a master carpenter and woodworker, and those who stopped in to see him would usually find him in his shop, building another beautiful piece of furniture or restoring an antique.
Dal's quick wit, love of literature, work ethic, and attention to details is his family's legacy.
In addition to his mother, Connie Summers, he is survived by his wife, Kimberly Summers, whom he married Dec. 31, 1981; six children, daughter, Heather Jystad and husband, Dan, of North Carolina, son, Zane Summers and wife, Karla, of Georgia, son, Joe Summers and wife, Stefanie, of Pennsylvania, son, Ben Summers and wife, Amber, of West Virginia, daughter, Kari Price and husband, Jeff, of Pennsylvania, and daughter, Becky Summers of Pennsylvania; three grandsons; 11 granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Summers; son, Jay T. Summers; and granddaughter, Whitney DeYoung.
A simple memorial service will be held Sunday, May 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Summers home, 5697 Bikle Road, Chambersburg. Visitation and fellowship will follow the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice Inc., 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.