In Remembrance Of

Donnie Summers

Donald “Donnie” W. Summers, 73, of Lathrop, MO passed away with loved ones by his side on September 28, 2023.

He was born on April 10, 1950 to Donald Rupert and Geraldine Adell (Hallmark) Summers in Smithville, MO. Donnie grew up in Smithville and graduated from Smithville High School in 1968.

On November 26, 1976 he was united in marriage to Tina Collier. After their marriage they lived in Smithville and in 1997 they moved their family to the farm in Lathrop.

Donnie was a third-generation farmer. He farmed with his dad, son and grandsons from Smithville to Lathrop and everywhere in between. He was awarded the longest standing seed dealer for Taylor Seed Farms by his very close friend, Brad Taylor. Donnie was a volunteer firefighter for Smithville Fire Protection District. He was a member of the Northwest Street Machine Nationals. He was an avid supporter of the Chiefs and Royals and enjoyed attending the Half Century of Progress Farm Show for the past 10 years. From the time he got his license his love for horsepower grew every year. Donnie had a love for motor sports and especially drag racing and tractor pulling.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Tina; children, Curtis (Amy) Summers, Jessica (Jeromy) Romesburg, and Lesli (Travis) Lager; grandchildren, Madyson Beard, Ethan Summers, Trevor Adams, Melanie Lager, and JD Wayne; twin great-granddaughters, Emberlynn and Taelynn; sister, Connie (Dave) Lytle; and brother, Dannie (Beverly) Summers; mother-in-law, Gerrie Collier; honorary family member, Steve (Missy) Fisher; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 

Visitation: 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 5th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 6th at Hixson-Klein Funeral Home, Smithville.

Burial will be on the family farm in the cornfield of the newly established family cemetery.

The family requests casual dress.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lathrop FFA Alumni c/o Greg Hale, 17003 Hwy 33, Holt, MO 64048.

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  • Cindy Beigel Hunold

    I am so sorry to learn of Donnie’s passing.

    We started kindergarten together, graduated together, and worked on many class reunions together. It was a privilege to know him.

    The world would be a better place if everyone had the integrity and moral compass of Donnie.

  • Christy McMillen

    We tearfully regret having to hear the saddening news of Donnie’s death.
    We are so glad that we were presented with the opportunity to meet and become friends with him and his family.
    He was a great guy!!
    Hidden under that ball cap, those bibs, and boots was a very intelligent man!!
    Tina, Curtis, Jessica, Leslie, and families our hearts go out to you all!! Sending you comforting hugs with all our love Christy, Daniel and Brandon

  • Dan and Donna Corless

    Many prayers and love

  • Sandra Litrell

    So sorry to hear of Donnie’s passing. I just watched a video from Gene’s 90th birthday here in Wisconsin. Donnie was dancing and having a good time. I know you will all miss him very much. Sincere condolences. Sandy

  • Travis and Tiffany

    Very sorry to hear about this! I knew Donnie through fmp and he was one of the toughest guys I knew until he started talking about his kids or grandkids! I honestly don’t think a single visit ended without him talkin about how much he loved and was proud of them!!!

  • Patty (Hoke) Head

    Thoughts and prayers to all of you

  • Kay Johnson

    Tina and family
    So so sorry for your loss. Sending

  • Linda & Rick Outersky

    So very sorry for your loss Tina. You, Dannie, Connie and family will be in our prayers. It’s been soo many years, but have so many good memories

  • Jo Ann Cline.

    Sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts.

  • Curt Sisk

    Sorry for your loss

  • Tena Rhodes

    In memory of my Dad, Roy Thomas, may God give y’all strength.

  • James Denney

    Sorry for your loss Donnie was a great friend and a good man. Best regards for the Family. I will sure miss Him

  • Melva (Callahan) Ashlock

    I was so sad to hear of Donnie’s passing. I have known Donnie since before grade school. I spent a lot of time visiting his childhood home through the school years and our families got together n our early childhoods. Donnie was one of the friendliest persons I’ve ever know. My prayers and thoughts are with you Tina and all your kids and grandkids and Connie and Danny. May God bless you all. Melva

  • Michael shoemaker

    I’m so sorry for for ur loss.

  • Melody L Beggs

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for your family.

    Gary & Melody

  • Dicky & Barbara Eads

    thoughts and prayers to the family

  • John Mauzey

    Sorry for your loss prayers for the family

  • Kathy Robinson

    So sorry for your loss. So many memories that will always be there.

  • Ray and Bernadette Johnson

    So very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and peace.

  • Connie Goad

    I so sorry to hear about the passing of this man. One of the sweetest people I have met. Him & his wife always talked to us like they knew us for several years. To the girls, I know it will be hard for you, you were all so close to him. You will have awesome memories of him that will get you through this difficult time. Many thoughts and prayers are with you. Friends always. Connie and Darin Goad.

  • Bill and Carolyn Forsyth and Barry Forsyth

    Sorry for your loss

  • Jeanne Schroeder Epperson

    I am so sorry that Donnie has left this world and the tragic accident that brought it about. I’ve known Donnie since 1st grade and all thru our adult lives. MayGod bless and keep him and his family. And Tina, hugs and prayers are being sent to you and yours. Again I am so sorry.

  • Norma Ward

    Sending all my love thoughts and prayers

  • Mike and Shelly Allen

    We are so sorry for your loss we pray for comfort Tina for you and the kids, grandkids and the rest of the family. May God be with you all through this time. God bless, Mike and Shelly Allen.

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