J. Harold Summers, 75, former Akron mayor, owned Summers Trucking, community advocate

By on December 13, 2017

J. Harold Summers, 75, of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at home.

He was born in Ephrata to the late Lester R. and Dorothy (Weidel) Summers, and was the husband of June (Wenger) Summers, with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage on Aug. 27.

He was a member of Ephrata Blue Lodge #665 F. & A.M., Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Lancaster County Shrine Club, Reading Consistory, Rajah Temple and Shriners International. He was past Exalted Ruler of Ephrata Lodge B.P.O. Elks #1933, past president of Lancaster County Chapter – PA Motor Truck Association, past Chairman of PMTA, former member and president of Ephrata Area School Board, member and past president of Akron Lions Club, former mayor of Akron, past director of the Ephrata National Bank, past member and past president of the Ephrata Area Recreation Center Board of Directors.

Harold was the second generation owner of Lester R. Summers, Inc. Trucking and grew the company into one of the premier transportation companies in the northeast, retiring in 2013. He was currently chairman of the board. He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1960 and Juniata College in 1964.

In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by a son: John Harold, husband of Sue (Newman) Summers of Mohnton; three daughters: Rebecca Eileen Summers of Mohnton; Susan Lorraine, wife of the late Terry Steffy of Stevens; Sandra, wife of Jeremy Jones of Ephrata; 10 grandchildren: Kyle and Chad Summers; David and Brad Bixler; Chris, Shannon, and Paxton Steffy; Sawyer, Wesley, and Amaya Jones; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Lester “Sonny” Summers Jr.; and a sister: Roberta E. Ravegum.

Harold had a passion for everything he did. He was the consummate family man, employer, and community advocate and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services were held Dec. 11 at Ephrata Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Rob Eshelman officiating. Interment took place in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harold’s memory may be made to Ephrata Area Education Foundation, 803 Oak Blvd., Ephrata, PA 17522; or Ephrata Area Social Services, 227 N. State St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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