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Charles Robert “Bob” Sumner

March 18, 2016

Charles Robert “Bob” Sumner, 90, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.
He was born north of Delia, KS on September 26, 1925 to Walter and Maude Sumner. He attended Neive Grade School and Mayetta High School.
He was a farmer until 1954 when he went to work at Goodyear. He retired in 1984. In 1947 he married Margaret Moore. They have two sons: Dennis and Vernon and one daughter Nancy. Bob and Margaret raised their family in Delia, KS. Bob was very active in the Delia community and served as mayor for many years, he was instrumental with the implementation of water resources into Delia, and was council member of Sacred Heart Church. In 1990 Bob and Margaret moved to St. Marys where they became members of the Immaculate Conception Church. Bob enjoyed coaching baseball, fishing and golfing. He always attended the grandchildren and great grandchildren’s events. For twenty years Bob and Margaret spent their winters in Texas and enjoyed their time there with new and old friends. The last four winters they traveled to Phoenix, AZ. Bob led a very loving, family and faith oriented life.
Survivors include wife, Margaret, St. Marys, two sons, Dennie (Kathy), Topeka, Vern (Janet), Rossville; a daughter, Nancy, Phoenix, AZ.; brothers, Bill (Kay), Topeka and Don (Peg), Topeka; sisters-in-law, Virginia Sumner, Texas and Beth Sumner, Washington; 8 Grandkids; 10 Great-Grandkids, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; 6 brothers, Cleve, John, Ted, Ray, Everett and Dale and a sister, Ethel Lutz.
Bob will lie in state at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys on Monday, March 21, 2016 with a visitation starting at 5:30 P.M. and a Rosary following at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church St. Marys on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To see a full obituary and to leave an online condolence go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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26 thoughts on “Charles Robert “Bob” Sumner

  1. May each of you find comfort in the love and memories shared together. Also, be comforted by God’s Word. Revelation 21:4 says: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
    May this promise from God help to comfort you.

  2. Bob always had a smile and a wave when I would drive by his house and he was busy in his yard.He was a very nice man and I am thinking of his family at this time. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Deannie and Phil Kovar

  3. Uncle Bob will be missed! I am sorry for your loss. God bless you all.
    Love you all
    Mike, Kathy, Mandy & Zach Sumner

  4. To the Sumner Family, My thoughts and comforting prayers are being sent. Bob had such a positive attitude and wonderful smile. God Bless

  5. Our prayers are with the family. Bob was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. Your wonderful memories will carry you thru til you meet again.

  6. Dear Sumner family, We are so sorry about the passing of Bob. He was such a friendly man, he always had a ready smile. May the Lord comfort you in your grief. Tom & Virgina Meyer

  7. To all of Bob’s family, we offer our condolences and we are so sorry for your loss. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. So sorry for the loss of your dad. May your memories offer you comfort in the days ahead.

    Mike Snyder and all the staff at QC Cabinetry & Design

  9. There just are no words for the heartfelt sadness that is left from the passing of Bob. He was just the sweetest man in every way. He never knew a stranger, was always kind to everyone he met & had a smile that would melt any heart. He was a treasure to know and we’re so glad & proud we had the great opportunity to have known him and were blessed to have been his friend for so many years. I’ll sure miss getting a kiss on the cheek and a special hug whenever we ran into each other. You’ll be missed, but You’ve earned your Angel Wings ole’ friend, may you Rest In Peace & God Speed………

  10. To Margaret and family, I was sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a great guy and had one of the nicest smiles! God bless you.

  11. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  12. Margaret, Dennie, Vernie, Nancy and all of the Sumner families,

    I could write a book on how I felt about Bob and Margaret and all they have done for me. They were there at a critical point in my life when my mom was sick and passed. Not once did they refuse to help me and I thank the family for their willingness to share them with me. A special comment for Nancy who I have known almost my whole life. We went through a lot together growing up and you were always there for me and I will always be there for you.

    God Bless the family and I wish I could be there tonight and tomorrow but know I am constantly thinking about you and praying for you.

    Love always,

    Rene DeBacker Bryant

  13. Dear Vernie and Family,
    My heart goes out to you upon the passing of your Dad. May your memories help you smile through the tears in the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God’s blessings to you.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Dinah Tilley (I used to work at Dr. Botz’s office.)

  14. Bob and Margaret were always such good neighbors to my dad and mom, Melvin & Dorothy Mergenmeier. They had many card games, adventures, and stories during the years they lived next door to each other. Bob was such a good guy helping out my dad as dad’s health deteriorated. Bob will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Praying our Heavenly Father will comfort you in your time of sorrow and wrap you in His loving care. Thinking of you all in this difficult time. Bob was such a genuine and kind man. He will be missed greatly.

  16. Margaret, Denny, Vernie, and Nancy
    So saddened by your loss, Bob was a Great Fella in every sense
    May the Good Lord wrap his arms around his family in your time
    Of grief.

  17. This note of sincere sympathy to Dennie and Vern and their immediate and extended families regarding the loss of Bob. I did not know him well but always enjoyed the times that we visited. Please know of our prayers for you folks at this time.

    Steve Gee

  18. The entire Sumner family has been in the prayers of their many Manhattan friends during these difficult weeks of Bob’s grave illness. We offer sincere condolences, comforted by the fact that Bob is now in the loving embrace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but joy comes in knowing that Bob is with his Heavenly Father. We pray that Bob’s family will be comforted by the knowledge that his legacy lives on through them, as they continue to model his leadership integiry and love of family.

  19. Please accept our deepest sympathies. May God comfort you in this time of loss of your loved one.
    Bob and Jolyne Wehner.

  20. To all of Bob’s family, we are sorry for your loss. Hope you get comfort from all of your cherished memories. Bob was a wonderful man, so easy to love. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.
    Ron & Eva Gentry

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