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Steve Summers, 52 - January 09, 2015

Steve Summers, 52, of Grant, formerly of Gothenburg and Brady, died at his home with family members surrounding him on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
Memorial services are being conducted Wednesday (today) at 1:30 p.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nora Mendyk officiating. Cremains will be scattered at a later date.
Summers was born May 7, 1962, at Gothenburg, the oldest of two children born to Roger and Magaret (Risenhoover) Heaps Summers. He grew up in the Brady community where he graduated from high school in 1980.
He met Laurie Wing at Gothenburg and the couple were married on March 20, 1982. Three children were born to this union.
Summers resided at numerous places and was employed at a variety of jobs. His first job was shining shoes for a shoemaker in Cortez, CO.
He was always seeking adventures that took his family from coast to coast, ranging from wine making in California to selling soda pop in Wyoming. He was involved in cleaning up toxic waste in Massachusetts before he settled back in Brady, where he was the village maintenance man and the dog catcher with the help of his dog, Amos. He also enjoyed bartending at Gothenburg while he was attending college.
Summers attended Mid-Plains Community college in North Platte in 1997, and then the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he received his degree in social sciences. He started his career teaching at Wheatland High School in Madrid in 2002 at the age of 40. When Grant and Madrid consolidated, he was the social studies teacher in Grant for Perkins County Schools.
Always continuing to seek knowledge, he received his masters of education in instructional technology through UNK. In addition to his teaching duties at Perkins County Schools, he was the student council sponsor, one-act play director and the high school librarian. He loved his job of being an educator, according to family.
?Two of his greatest passions were belonging to the “GAF” (Grand Army of the Frontier) at Ft. Pitspitr in Sargent, and the “cowboy action shooting” that he enjoyed with his wife and their friends in different parts of the region. It was the relationship with these people, who knew him as “Stu Kettle,” that brought joy and happiness to him, the family said.
There were many things that Summers accomplished in his life, but in his heart his greatest was yet to be determined, only being cut short by the lack of time he was given here on earth as he was diagnosed with colon cancer 18 months earlier. He started teaching this past fall until his health forced his retirement.
He was preceded in death by: his grandparents, Lewis and Helen Risenhoover, Alfred Summers and Bonnie Smith; a nephew, Daniel Summers.
Survivors include: his wife of 32 years, Laurie; two sons—Keven (Candyce) and Tyrone, all of North Platte; his daughter, Samantha (Carl) Lunkwitz of Brady; three grandchildren—Hunter, Autum and Ella; his mother, Margaret (Charles) Heaps; sister, Stacey Summers and her children—Stevi and David Summers, all of Tennessee; his father, Roger (Dee) Summers of Sutherland; half-brother, Shannon Summers of North Platte; numerous other relatives.