Msgr. Robert Emmett Summers passed away on October 3, 2008, at the Little Sisters of the Poor, where he has resided since 1999.
Monsignor was born on February 2, 1923, in Mt. Leonard, MO, to Francis and Bridget Barr Summers. He attended Conception Seminary in Conception, MO, and was ordained on May 31, 1952. He celebrated his first solemn Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in his home parish in Shackelford, MO, on June 1, 1952.
His assignments include: Assistant: Assumption, KC, 1952; Our Lady of Lourdes, Raytown, 1952; St. Stephen, KC, 1955; St. Therese, Parkville, 1957; Assumption, KC, 1957; St. Augustine, KC, 1958. Administrator: St. Mary, Lee's Summit, 1955; St. Joseph, Easton, 1981. In Residence: St. Elizabeth, KC, 1962. Pastor: St. Francis Seraph, KC, 1963; St. Sabine, Belton, 1964; St. Patrick, St. Joseph, 1965; St. John LaLande, Blue Springs, 1969; St. Catherine, KC, 1978; St. Joseph, Easton, 1979; Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Joseph, 1981 (Founder); St. Mary, Carrollton, 1988 (Retired in 1995).
During Monsignor's fifty-six years as a priest he has been a Religion Teacher and Counselor at different high schools; was appointed as Chaplain of the Northeast Council Knights of Columbus in Kansas City; acted as Associate Director of the Catholic Youth Organization for the Kansas City/St. Joseph Diocese from 1957 to 1962 and as Diocesan Director of Catholic Councils of Men, Women and Youth for the Kansas City/St. Joseph Diocese from 1962 through 1965. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Edward Hamill Council No. 876, in Marshall, MO. Since 1959 Monsignor has been a Board Member for Mount St. Mary's Cemetery in the Shackelford area where he grew up and will be buried.
Monsignor is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Mike, Rich and Jim; one sister, Sister Mary Francene, RSM; two sisters-in-law and a niece, who died as an infant. He is survived by one sister-in-law, nine nieces, six nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.
Monsignor's unconditional love of all, his guiding hand in accomplishing both his spiritual and administrative duties as a priest, his humorous Irish spirit and love of baseball, especially the Royals, are some of his most memorable personal qualities. His devotion to the Blessed Mary and the Rosary are well known by his family and friends. He has joined his heavenly Father and will be remembered with much love and missed by all.
Visitation was held Monday, October 6, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 11th and Broadway in Kansas City, MO, from 9:00 am -- 11:00 am with a Mass of Christian burial beginning at 11:00 am. Another Visitation for those in the area close to Monsignor's childhood home of Shackelford, MO, was on October 6, rosary beginning at 6:00 pm and visitation until 8:00 pm at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall, MO. Internment October 7 in Mount St. Mary's Cemetery Shackelford, MO, at 10:30 am. Arrangements c/o Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
The family requests contributions in memory of Monsignor Summers to any of the following organizations: Jeanne Jugan Center (Little Sisters of the Poor), 8745 James A. Reed Road, Kansas City, MO 64138; or Loretto G. Purcell Fund for retired Catholic Priests; Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; 1055 Broadway, Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105-1595; or Mount St. Mary's Cemetery (Shackelford); c/o Steve Wansing, R.R. 2, Box 113, Marshall, MO 65340.
Additional information provided per family recompense.