Funeral services for Lewis Wayne Summers were Nov. 18, 2017, at the Chadron Community Church in Chadron with Rev. James Domingo officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron.
Lewis Wayne Summers “Lew” to all his friends, age 83, of Crawford went to be with Jesus and the love of his life, his wife Audrey, Nov. 12, 2017, with his family by his side.
Lewis was born Jan. 16, 1934, at home in Dunlap to Joe and Ruth Summers. Lewis was welcomed home by his older sister Charlotte, and later on blessed by two little sisters, Georgia and Betty. His dad worked for several ranchers/farmers as a hired man, and that is where Lewis gained all of his knowledge in most anything he wanted to do. Lewis started school in Dunlap. The girls said their brother was a great brother during school years.
Lewis lived with his family out in Major Hale east of Chadron and went to Chadron Prep and later to Chadron High. Lewis in high school wanted to play basketball and his father let him as long as he got his chores down and then he would have to walk seven miles in order to play. Lewis excelled in basketball, but unfortunately his father had a massive heart attack when he was 14-years-old and being the only son in the family he was forced to quit school and go to work to help his mother support his three sisters and mom. The basketball coach was quite upset as Lewis was turning into such a star in basketball. Lewis had met Audrey in school but she did not like Lewis.
Lewis and Audrey then met again and they feel in love. Lewis and Audrey were married Sept. 4, 1953, in Chadron. To this beautiful union was born Jody Lynn, Vicki Lou, Jamie Lee, Tammy Kay, Lewis Wayne, Jr., Allen Wade, Lisa Dawn, Michael Lloyd, Steven Gregg, Robert Todd, Darla Rae, Leslie Jo, Tracy Ann and Jeffrey Miles.
Lewis and Audrey moved to Crawford in 1959, where they owned Crawford Dairy and had a flower shop in their home. Lewis delivered milk house-to-house and everyone in the community would just have him go in and stock their freezers and refrigs with what Lewis felt they needed. When his four girls got old they enjoyed going with their dad delivering milk on Saturday morning. The girls had to be especially careful as milk was in glass bottles at that time.
In 1975, Lewis bought a moving rig from Reagan and started Summers House Moving. In Lewis’ earlier life, he enjoyed fishing, bow and arrow hunting, hunting rocks and agates, bowling and playing cards. As time passed, his whole life was his business and his son Steve was beside him the whole time, along with numerous grandkids. It was truly a family business.
In Lewis’ later years, he enjoyed going to the grandkids’ volleyball, basketball, football and swim meets. He really loved his kids, grandkids, family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. Lewis loved watching the news, basketball and college football. He loved his Huskers.
Lewis is survived by two sisters, Georgia Trump of Scottsbluff, and Betty Wagner of Mountain Home, Idaho. He is also survived by 10 children: Jody (Bill) Weinmeister of Morrill, and her children, Shawn, Shane, Shad and Shelby(April), and eight grandchildren; Vicki Deans of Crawford, and her children, Beau(Cassie), Josh, and Amber and 10 grandchildren; Jamie Summers of Crawford; Tammy(Ruben) Lujan of Brighton, Colo., and her children Sandra(Jon), Tonya(J.C.) and Alisa, and seven grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Barb(Richard) Genaro of Arvada, Colo., and her children, Jamie, Natasha(Pat), Matthew and Brianna, and one grandchild; kids of Allen, Allen, Jr., James, Lewis(Ashley), Joseph(Amber), Caleb, and Jessica, and 15 grandchildren; Lisa Lineback of Lincoln, and her daughter Tiffany and two grandchildren; Michael(Kathy) Summers of Martell, and their children, Lorraine, Mike, Ann, Larry, Branda, Matt, Cheryl and nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; Steve(Sandy) Summers of Chadron; Darla(Bryan) Hornby of Lincoln, and their children, Jonathan(Jennie), Nicolas, Christopher, Paige, Benjamin(Kristie) and Faith, and two grandchildren; Leslie(Jim) Domingo of Crawford, and their children Megan(Nathanel), Jeffrey, Brittany(Nic), Zachary, Jeremiah and six grandchildren; Tracy Summers-Smith of Crawford, and her children, Andrew, Audreanna, Addison, Alyson and Austin.
Lewis is preceeded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Audrey; his parents, Joe and Ruth; sister, Charlotte McConnell; and his sons, Wayne, Jr., Allen, Robert and Jeffrey; and son-in-law, Larry Nedella; and brother-in-law, Walt Wagner.