Robert G. ‘Bob’ Summy, 89, Seagoing Cowboy, Korea vet, Moyer Packing Co. cattle buyer

By on May 10, 2017

Robert G. “Bob” Summy, 89, of Manheim, died peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Pleasant View Retirement Community.

Born in Penn Township, he was the son of the late Elmer K. and Rosa Garman Summy. Bob was the loving husband of Joan Root Summy, and they would have observed their 62nd wedding anniversary in June.

Bob was a well known cattle buyer and enjoyed the friendships he had with many farmers. For more than 12 years he was a partner with Wm. W. McCoy Cattle Co. at the Lancaster Stock Yards; he later was employed as a cattle buyer for Moyer Packing Co. (MOPAC) in Souderton for 32 years. Following retirement, he drove cars for the Lancaster Car Co.

Bob served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a faithful member of Salem United Methodist Church, Manheim, where he volunteered his time with the food bank, helping with the Wednesday night suppers, and outside maintenance of the church. In his early years following World War II, Bob, along with his father, took part in what was known as the Seagoing Cowboys; they volunteered to tend livestock, horses, and cattle shipped across the sea to Greece, where the ship then brought our servicemen back to the United States upon its return. Bob loved vacationing at the beach with his family in Ocean City, N.J.

Surviving in addition to his wife Joan, is a daughter: Holly A., wife of Richard Brosey, of Manheim; a son: Scott R., husband of Lynda Getz Summy, of Conestoga; three grandchildren: Heather Summy of Woodbridge, Va.; Jeffrey Summy of Tucson, Ariz.; Marc Summy of Conestoga; a brother: John Summy of Schaefferstown: and two sisters: Doris Stroud of Manheim, and Janet Michael of Lititz.

Preceding him in death is a brother: Harvey Summy; and a sister: Kathryn Wolfe.

Bob’s memorial service was held May 6 at Salem United Methodist Church, Manheim. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Manheim Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent in Bob’s memory to: Pleasant View Retirement Community Benevolent Care Endowment Fund, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545; or Salem United Methodist Church, 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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