Lawrence “Duane” Sumner (1936 — 2019)

Lawrence “Duane” Sumner

(1936 — 2019)

Lawrence “Duane” Sumner, age 82, of Pioneer, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at his home, under the care of his family and Community Health Professionals Hospice. He was born in Bridgewater Township, Williams County, Ohio, on Dec. 17, 1936, the son of Lawrence D. and Veryl “Tootie” (Wisman) Sumner. Duane attended elementary school at Hay-Jay (one room) School and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years. Duane married Linda Esterline on June 26, 1959, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2008.

As a young man, Duane hauled canned milk, worked in various factories including the former Aro Corporation in Bryan, milked cows, raised Hereford cattle and crop farmed. In 1973 he founded Sumner Equipment and was a full-time buyer and seller of used farm equipment. Currently, he was an active partner with his son in Sumner Tractor, LLC.

Duane is survived by his children, Shane (Tammy) Sumner of Pioneer, Brenda Sumner of Lusk, Wyoming, and Lonnie (Dawn) Sumner of Delta; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; companion, Marilyn Osborn; stepbrother, John Duncan; and stepsister, Betty Freese. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Marcus Reddy; stepmother, Jenny (Duncan) Sumner; stepbrother, Dan Duncan; and stepsister, Millicent Branham.

Visitation for Lawrence “Duane” Sumner will be held from 2-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Lake View Church, 4616 E. Territorial Road (M-120), Camden, MI 49232. Funeral services will begin at 6 p.m. at the church, led by John Wilson. Private burial will be held at Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, with graveside military rites conducted by Bryan VFW Post No. 2489. Duane’s services are under the care of Krill Funeral Service, 860 W. Mulberry St., Bryan.

The family requests memorial donations to Community Health Professionals Hospice or Pioneer Methodist Church.

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