Joseph Dwight Sumner


September 4, 1944 - November 24, 2012

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Joseph Dwight Sumner, 68, of Spearman passed on from this world Saturday (November 24, 2012) in Hansford County Hospice.

Rosary will be recited by Theresa Manno, S.F.O. at 7 p.m. Monday and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spearman. Burial will be in Old Hansford Cemetery, Spearman.

Dwight was born September 4, 1944, in Canadian, son of Randy and Charlotte Sumner. He married Anita Louise Lopez on October 30, 1964 in Sacred Heart Church, Canadian, TX.

Dwight served as a pumper for Diamond Shamrock and its successors for 27 years, retiring in 2000 and went on to own and operate Simple Simon's Pizza in Spearman for twelve years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service, delivering mail on the Hansford County Rural Route. In his youth, Dwight broke Quarter Horses, broke several records on the Canadian High School Track Team, and served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 551 for twenty years.

In his life, Dwight was described as a humble, quiet man who listened much more than he spoke. He loved his family greatly and was a source of insight and wisdom for several. Along with their birth children, Dwight and his wife Anita served as mentors and caretakers for several young people throughout their lives, for some even acting as a second family, including a Norwegian foreign exchange student who has been lived as a member of their family ever since. A devout Christian and Native American Spiritualist, Dwight believed in the incorporation of Christian teachings with the spiritual traditions and practices of the Native American people, advocating respect for Mother Earth and God, and all of their children. Dwight spoke on several occasions to elementary students on Native American traditions and artifacts and owns an extensive collection thereof.

Dwight is survived by his wife Anita, son Shane Sumner and wife Tish, daughter Elizabeth Hartsell and husband Jan, and daughter Missie Bates and husband Mike of Spearman, son Terje Thogersen of Frederickstadd, Norway, and mother-in-law Theresa Manno of Amarillo. Survivors also include twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren, brother Ronald Sumner and sister Sandra Ermis of Edmond, OK, and Joan Sumner of Carlsbad, TX, as well as several nieces, nephews, and close friends. Dwight is preceded in death by his parents and sister Sharon Kay.

Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Troop 551, Golden Spread Council, 401 Tascosa Road, Amarillo, TX, 79124.