Robert M. Sumner, Sr.

Robert "Bob" Milton Sumner Sr., 77, of Hickory View Drive, North Beaver Township, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, while visiting his children and grandchildren in Guthrie, Okla.

Bob was born in New Castle, Pa., on Sept. 29, 1926, to the late David Milton and Lillian Pearl Jones Sumner.

He was married to the former Gloria G. "Beck" Murdock for more than 56 years. She preceded him in death.

Bob and Beck attended The Independent Methodist Church.

Bob attended carpenter school and worked as a carpenter prior to joining the Army, where he was stationed in Japan and Okinawa. After returning from World War II, he worked at Shenango China before becoming employed at Anchor Supply for more than 30 years.

He enjoyed carpentry and remodeling, and was a member of the German Beneficial Union, Teamsters, Wabash Bears Bowling League and Mohawk Golf League.

Bob loved and was extremely proud of his family. As a very dutiful husband and father, he was always attentive to his family's needs.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry of East Brady, Walter of Oil City and David of Collegeville; and two sisters, Geraldine Murphy and Sarah Reinhart of New Castle.

He is survived by his brother, William Sumner, and his sister, Helen Burick, both of New Castle; his son Robert M. Sumner Jr., and his daughter, Sherry Quinn Clement, both of Guthrie, Okla.; grandchildren; great-granddaughter Marissa Day Morton; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loved ones.

Dad, Grandpa, Papa Bob, Uncle Bob was a very special and caring man who will be much missed, but will always remain in the hearts and memories of loving family and friends.

The family will receive visitors tomorrow, Jan. 30, at the Turner-Myers Funeral Home, 208 N. Jefferson St. in New Castle, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Services to celebrate his life and homecoming will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at 11 a.m. at The Independent Methodist Church, 1921 New Butler Road, New Castle, with the Rev. Frederick H. Gilbert. Interment to follow at Graceland Cemetery.

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