NEWARK — A funeral service, to celebrate the life of Bruce A. Sumner, 67, of Newark, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeff Perry officiating.
Bruce was born in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 22, 1946, to the late Robert A. and Shirley (Swanson) Sumner. He passed away peacefully at his residence Saturday, March 23, 2013, while surrounded by his loving family.
Bruce was vice president and Chief Operating Officer of The Energy Cooperative’s Electric Operations. Bruce joined The Energy Cooperative in July 2004. Prior to The Energy Cooperative, he worked for La Plata Electric Association in Durango, Colo., for over 10 years. During his time at La Plata Electric, Bruce worked as safety and regulatory compliance administrator for three years before becoming manager of Administrative Services, responsible for economic development, key accounts and marketing and communications. Bruce was very proud to have served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, spending many of those years as a Navy Recruiter before retiring as a master Chief Petty Officer. Bruce was a member of Christian Endeavor United Methodist Church.
Those who knew Bruce were aware of his passion and love for the game of golf. He was an active member of the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark. During his tenure with The Energy Cooperative, he served many years as chairman of The Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up Foundation Golf Outing. Spending countless hours planning this annual fundraising event, Bruce raised thousands of dollars each year for the Operation Round Up Foundation. Bruce worked closely with the Licking County Chamber of Commerce on numerous campaigns and events, as well as supporting Knox and other surrounding counties. He was an active Rotarian in the Newark-Heath Rotary Club. Bruce also was a huge supporter of United Way and he participated in the Licking County United Way Community Impact Committee for six years. Bruce’s dedication and commitment to the community was endless and he will be truly missed by so many here.
While in Colorado, Bruce also played a very active role in the community and supported numerous organizations and associations. To mention a few, he served as chairman of the Four Corner’s Touchstone Energy Golf Tournament; past executive director of the Durango Industrial Development Foundation; past member of La Plata Country Economic Development Partnership; past president of Business Education Partnership; member of the D.A.R.E. committee; past president of La Plata County American Cancer Society Chapter; past chairman of the Snowdown Balloon Rally; and was an active Rotarian in his community.
Everyone will remember Bruce’s upbeat manner and his amazing way to bring a smile to everyone’s face. He had such zeal for the cooperative and the principles in which they govern. Bruce was a great leader, work colleague and dear friend; and will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Bonnie (Roberts) Sumner, whom he married Dec. 15, 1973; two daughters, Monica (Kris) Sumner Rodriguez and Vanessa Sumner; two grandchildren, Avah Sumner Morrison and Alexa Rodriguez; sister, Susan (Mike) Rubidoux; two brothers, Greg (Mary) Sumner and Curtis (Sue) Sumner; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bruce to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017; or to The Salvation Army, 250 E Main St., Newark, OH 43055.
Friends may call at the funeral home, 179 Granville St., Newark, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.. Visit www.CrissSchoedinger.com to share a special memory about Bruce or to sign an online guest book.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.