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In Memoriam: James Summerow  (June 25, 1932 – Feb. 27, 2022)

James William “Bill” Summerow, 89, died Feb. 27, 2022 at his home in Sublimity. 

Bill was born in Prescott, Arizona, on June 25, 1932, to Michael Rabbitt and Stella Mae Tucker. He honorably served as a signal man in the U.S. Navy during the height of the Korean War from 1951 to 1955 aboard the USS Valley Forge. 

On June 13, 1956, Bill married Betty Jean (Cates) Summerow. The couple were lifelong companions who were blessed with six children. 

They lived for a time in Magazine, Arkansas, and Prescott, Arizona, before eventually settling in Scio in 1988 to be near family. 

It was at this time that Bill became a devoted and active member of the North Santiam Church of Christ in Sublimity, a place where he found lifelong friendship and community. 

Bill was known for his love of working with and caring for horses, a passion he came by as a young boy that he carried with him his entire life. 

He is survived by his six children, Kathleen Collette Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Tuttle, James William “Bub” Summerow Jr., Patricia Lynn Grace, Ronald Hoke Summerow, and Donald Oliver Summerow; brother, Paul Tucker; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty; and siblings, John Summerow, Hoke Summerow, Ruth Summerow-Paine, and Norma Tucker-Lira. 

A funeral service is at 1 p.m. March 26 at North  Santiam Church of Christ, 11687 SE Sublimity Road, Sublimity. Light refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Santiam Church of Christ.

Arrangements by North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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