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Ralph H. Sumner  

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.

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  1. Hope Given, April 1, 2016

    Rick and Tammy,
    So sorry for your loss.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      We love you

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  2. Mike and Peggy Antio, April 1, 2016

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are so sorry to hear of this. Gn cuz.

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      Thank you so much for your prayers sent to our family and thank you for the beautiful flowers

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  3. James Antio, April 1, 2016

    Very sorry for your loss, he was always a great cousin and will be missed.

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      Thank you Jamie for your sentiment and love, and thank you for the flowers

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  4. Rusty & Linn McFarland, April 2, 2016

    We wish to convey our deepest condolences to our niece, Kim (Ricky) and nephew Rick (Tammy) on the loss of your dad. We are so very sorry. This is for his grandchildren and great grandchildren as well.

    You are on our minds, in our thoughts as prayers as well. Uncle Rusty and Aunt Linn

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  5. Edward Swartz, April 2, 2016

    To my great friend Ralph rest n peace I will never forget you my friend
    You could always make me laugh thank you for being a great friend
    Love you buddy an I will leave with this HEY KITTY KITTY KiTTY !

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      Thank you Ed to you and your family for all your support, and being a good friend to Ralph.

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  6. Ms Selby, April 3, 2016

    I would like to share comfort with the family 1st of all by offering my sincere condolence, and these few verses from Gods own word the Bible. Please read them in yours for just that at this time. John 5:28,29 Psalms 83:18 also Psalms 37:29…

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      Thank you for your kindness to our family

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  7. Michael Plath, April 4, 2016

    Tammy, So sorry to read about your father in law. May your heart,and all of those who knew and loved him, heal with time and Gods comfort…….

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  8. Deborah Evans, April 4, 2016

    Prays sent to the family Ralph was a very nice person he will be greatly missed

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      Thank you Debi

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  9. Rob Sadot, April 6, 2016

    So sorry to hear about Ralph’s passing. I regret that I will not be able to attend the service. My thoughts and prayers are with you – Jeff, David, Kay, Janet and your families. Robby

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    • Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

      Thank you from the family for your kind words

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  10. Raymond & Eileen Antio, April 6, 2016

    Gb cuz….thank you for your service to our country. God’s speed, we will be praying for the soul of His faithfully departed. Thoughts and prayers to all the family.

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  11. Kay Massey, April 7, 2016

    Thank you for your prayers and the beautiful flowers

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  12. Jim & Marina McGee (Antio), April 10, 2016

    Kimmy,
    The services were wonderful, and very moving, so glad we could attend. Ralph touched so many lives, it was nice to see all the neighbors, family and friends who came to say goodbye. Gn cuz.

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  13. Theresa Campbell Sordiff, May 14, 2016

    To the Sumner family. So sad to hear about Ralph, remember when us Campbell’s, Shelton’s and Sumners all walked to the bus to go to Holy Angels School. So long ago. My mother is buried near your mom and dad and brother at All Saints. Kay, I remember you and Ralph the most out of your large family. I know the feeling of loss. I just buried my 41 yr. old daughter a year ago. Some day we will all be together again. God Bless you all !!!

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