Ralph H. Sumner
February 20, 1951-March 30, 2016
Ralph H. Sumner, age 65, of Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
Born in Detroit, MI on February 20, 1951, Ralph was a son of the late Harold L. and Margaret M. (Landwermeyer) Sumner. He bravely served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Ralph worked as an assemblyman for Chrysler, retiring after many years of dedicated employment.
An avid Washington Redskins fan, he looked forward to cheering on his favorite team each season. Ralph was a passionate motorcycle enthusiast and loved riding his custom Kawasaki bike. Above all else, he was a devoted father, beloved brother and adoring grandfather and great grandfather who will be dearly missed.
In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his brother, Marty. He is survived by his children, Kimberly Sumner Williams (Ricky), Rick Sumner (Tammy), Christine West (Jake), Matthew Sumner and Timothy Sumner; siblings, Jeff Sumner (Patty), Kay Massey, Janet Long (Dennis) and David Sumner (Lori); grandchildren, Holly and Heather Shively, Joshua Franklin, Madison and Peyton Sumner, Christonee Burton (Marco), Alexis Hudson, Elijah DeShields; great grandchildren, Carter Maichle, Cambria Brady and McKenna Burton; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday morning, April 7, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.