July 13, 1930-Nov. 30, 2004
Harold Blaine "Jiggs" Summers died on Nov. 30, 2004, at the Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, Ore., after a short illness related to Parkinson's Disease. He was 74 years old.
He was born on July 13, 1930, on a farm in Frontier County near Cambridge. He was the youngest of four children born to Arthur and Addie (Showalter) Summers. His father always read him the cartoon "Maggie and Jiggs" from the newspaper "funnies" and started calling him "Jiggs" when he was a very small boy. To this day he is still known as "Jiggs" to his family and friends. He attended Cambridge schools, graduating from high school in 1948. He was active in high school athletics, mainly track and football, and went on to play his favorite sport, football, in college and while he was in the United States Army.
Harold and DeLoris Ruth Schaffert were married June 15, 1952. Because of the Korean conflict, Harold was drafted and inducted into the Army on July 16, 1952. He was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kan., for basic training and leadership school and then served in Germany until he received his honorable discharge in May of 1954. He returned to school and graduated from Doane College at Crete in May of 1955. He and DeLoris moved to Kearney where Harold entered the insurance field and where their son, David, was born. He worked for State Farm Insurance for five years and then worked for Farmers Mutual Insurance for 33 years. He was living in Lincoln at the time of his retirement in the spring of 1993.
Harold was a member of Living Savior Lutheran Church in Tualatin, Ore. He was also a Life Member of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association and an avid "Husker" fan.
Shortly before Harold's retirement he was diagnosed as having Parkinson's Disease. It seemed right to be able to enjoy more time with his son and daughter-in-law so in February of 1994 he and DeLoris moved to Tualatin, Ore.
Harold was a wonderful husband and father. He truly was a man of integrity. He was caring, gentle, kind, generous, honest and faithful to his most Gracious God, to his family, his co-workers and his many friends.
He is survived by DeLoris, his devoted wife of 52 years, their son, David and daughter-in-law, Kendra of Tualatin, Ore.; his sisters, Betty Ginn of Arvada, Colo., Dorothy Kokes of Lakeside, Ore.; and his brother, Donald Summers, Beloit, Wis. Other survivors are brothers-in-law Bill Ginn and Leonard Kokes; sister-in-law, Joyce Summers; six nieces and nephews; cousins; and his 94 year old mother-in-law, Viola Schaffert, Tualatin, Ore.
Private interment services will be at Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge. A memorial service will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cambridge on Dec. 10, 2004, at 1:30 p.m.
Remembrances may be given to Living Savior Lutheran Church, 8740 SW Sagert Street, Tualatin, OR 97062-9116, Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, The Parkinson's Center, 1121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205-2021 or the Harold and DeLoris Summers Scholarship Fund, Doane College, 1014 Boswell Avenue, Crete, NE 68333.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of the local services.