Richard Roland Summers, 81, of Walnut Grove, MO. passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

            Richard was born March 18, 1939 in Kansas City, MO. to W.B. and Chrystine (Buchanan) Summers.

            Knowing he was somewhere on the draft list, he decided to join the Army.  Anticipation to be a medical lab technician, his career path changed when he ended up with pneumonia and was sent to Hawaii instead.  After being honorably discharged, he went to college, receiving his Associate of Arts from the University of Florida, his Bachelors of Science in Education and his Master of Arts in Ecology from Truman State University.  He was a science teacher in Higginsville, MO. for 3 years, and taught science in Willard High School for 30 years.  He was also a Freemason for 41 1/2 years.

            Richard was a very intelligent, Stoic and talented man, gifted from God, to do almost anything.  He loved fishing for crappie on Stockton Lake.  One would know him by having a rod and reel in each hand and having a fish on both.

            He was a collector of everything including coins, post cards, stamps, train sets and a fine assortment of keys to missing padlocks and Harbor Freight flash lights

            His many hobbies included camping, hunting, cooking, photography, quilting, modern technology, gardening (strawberries), car restoration and wood working, including making cradles for craft shows and furniture built from wood off his land in Walnut Grove.

            He had a great passion for nature and the environment.  In his early life he traveled all across the United States on his motorcycle and was even chased up a tree by a bear.  After this experience he thought paragliding would be much safer in his mid seventies.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Peggy Priest; and his son, Scott Summers.

            Survivors include his wife Betty of 42 years; daughter, Monica Renkoski; 3 grandchildren, Kathryn, Lydia and Marcus Renkoski; brother, John Summers and wife, Jenny; sister, Linda Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family.

            Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery with full military honors.

            In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Masonic Home of Missouri.


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