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James Summers
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“There are so many nice memories of Jim at Lilly. He was such a swell guy, and I am saddened, as many other Lilly retirees are, at his passing. May...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Kesler - Brookston, IN

“Betty and family, Tom and I send our sympathy to you. I have fond memories of going to Uncle Gale and Aunt Florence's house on Hwy 38 outside Dayton...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Tom and Patty (Goldsmith) Ferguson - IN

“Betty, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death. It sounds like he fought the good fight. Since I left town after high school we didn't get to know each...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Linda (Richard) Payne - Austin, TX

“Betty and family, deb and I are sorry for your loss. Jim was one of the good ones. He was probably the best guy I ever enjoyed working for. I was...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Deb and Rick Vaughn - Sebring, FL

“While it was not long, my time knowing you was still special to me. Every time I walked inside a room you were in, your smile enlightened me, as if...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Adom Scott Silberman - Muncie, IN

“We were so sad to have read this in the Journal & Courier. Jim was my Boss at Eli Lilly and I sure enjoyed working for him. He would take time to...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Bonnie & FN Lutz - Lafayette, IN

“I have only known Jim for a few years. He was a wonderful person, which I met at the Tick Tock. I enjoyed his smiling face. You will truely be...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Dawn Summers - Lafayette, IN

“Jim and I worked with Jim at Lilly's. He and I worked side by side in the EC area. Jim was a very upstanding are caring person. He made himself...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Blair - Crossville, TN

9 of 11 | Posted by: JIM / PATTY KLECK - JACKSONVILLE, FL

“Allison, We were sorry to read about your dad's passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Gary and Sue Foar

“Thank you always for the love you have shown to my children, your grandchildren. Rest in peace, Jim. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: krist summers - lafayette, IN

James V. "Jim" Summers, 70, of Lafayette, passed away at 4:10 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at IU Heath Arnett in Lafayette. He was born on November 26, 1943 the son of the late Gale and Florence (Richard) Summers in Lafayette. Jim married Betty (Sutton) Miller on Febuary 9, 1974 in Lafayette and she survives. He was a graduate of Dayton High School and a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church. He worked as a plumber for Stans Professional Plumbing Service for 12 years and at Eli Lily for 31 years. Jim was an avid bowler with a 299 high game, was named Lafayette Mr. Bowler and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed softball, playing cards and gambling at casinos.

He is survived by his four children, Allison Drader (husband Jim) of Valparaiso, IN, Jeff Summers (Kristi) of Lafayette, Ted Summers (wife Mary) of Bedford, and Karl Miller of Lafayette; three siblings, Jackie Herlin (husband Russ) of Monee, IL, Mike Summers (wife Sharon) of Lafayette, and Denny Summers of Lafayette; eleven grandchildren, Abby, Allie and Jessie Drader, Tyler, Paige, Chase, Tony, Shianne and Shay-Lee Summers, and Bailey and Alex Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bill Summers.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hippensteel Funeral Home with the Celebration of Life service on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Life Celebrant Cyndy Shafer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Dayton United Methodist Church. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at