Chesterton resident Dallas B. Summers, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at
The Waters of Duneland.
He was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Chesterton, the son of Dallas L. and Ruth L.
(Spencer) Summers, who preceded him in death.
On Oct. 18, 1947, in Chesterton, he married I. Joan Saidla, who survives in
He is also survived by a son, Collyn B. (Pam) Summers of Valparaiso; a
daughter, Julie K. (Doug) Summers-Davis of Corvallis, Mont.; three
grandchildren, Sara Dawn (Chris) Orem of Nampa, Idaho, Steven M. (Christine)
Summers of Portage, and Laura E. (Harvey) Evans of Valparaiso; nine
great-grandchildren, Derek and Emma Jo Orem of Nampa, Dakota, Justine,
Abagail, and Dan Evans of Valparaiso, and Malorie Bastian, Sarah C. Summers,
and Jenafer K. Summers of Portage; five step-grandchildren; and three
Dallas was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army 25th Infantry
Division, fighting in the Philippines and serving in occupied Japan. He was
a life-member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2511, where he was
past-commander and past VFW 2nd District commander. He also served as
national VFW aide-de-camp for a year and was currently serving as Post 2511
Dallas belonged as well to American Legion Post 170.
He was a 25-year card-carrying Girl Scout, a charter member of Friends of
the Indiana Dunes, and a ham radio operator with the handle “Burt” and his
call W9VAY since 1952.
Dallas was retired from the Youngstown Steel Company after 30 years of
service and was owner-operator of Chesterton Camera Repair until his
retirement after 20 years of service.
Funeral services, Pastor Jane Aicher officiating, are scheduled for 11 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 2, at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton.
Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at
VFW Post 2511 and American Legion Post 170 will hold a memorial service at 5
p.m. Sunday at White-Love.
Memorials may be made to the family.
For information, call White-Love at 926-1309.