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Published January 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

Sheldon J. "Sam" Sumner

Sheldon J. "Sam" Sumner, 86, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Tuesday, January 8 in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Wade Dutton, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with military rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard.

Sheldon Jerome Sumner, known as Sam, was born October 26, 1926 in Dawson, MN to Samuel and Olga (Elstad) Sumner. He is a 1945 graduate of Dawson High School and served with the U.S. Army during WWII. Following his discharge, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Sam was united in marriage to Elsie Michaelson in 1949 in Dawson, MN. That same year, they moved to Detroit Lakes where he served his apprenticeship with Star Electric. They moved to Prior Lake, MN in 1953 where he worked for Minneapolis Electric Service and for Prior Lake Electric. They returned to Detroit Lakes in 1956 and started Long and Sumner Electric. In 1957, Sam purchased the interest of his partner and operated the business on his own. Elsie died 12/22/1996. Sam was united in marriage to Patsy Gift 6/20/2003 in Detroit Lakes and have made their home here since that time.

Sheldon J. "Sam" Sumner

Sheldon J. "Sam" Sumner, 86, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Tuesday, January 8 in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be on Saturday, January 12, 2013, 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Wade Dutton, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with military rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard.

Sheldon Jerome Sumner, known as Sam, was born October 26, 1926 in Dawson, MN to Samuel and Olga (Elstad) Sumner. He is a 1945 graduate of Dawson High School and served with the U.S. Army during WWII. Following his discharge, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Sam was united in marriage to Elsie Michaelson in 1949 in Dawson, MN. That same year, they moved to Detroit Lakes where he served his apprenticeship with Star Electric. They moved to Prior Lake, MN in 1953 where he worked for Minneapolis Electric Service and for Prior Lake Electric. They returned to Detroit Lakes in 1956 and started Long and Sumner Electric. In 1957, Sam purchased the interest of his partner and operated the business on his own. Elsie died 12/22/1996. Sam was united in marriage to Patsy Gift 6/20/2003 in Detroit Lakes and have made their home here since that time.

In addition to being an electrical contractor in Detroit Lakes since 1956, Sam was also very active in the community and his church. He was the first male Sunday school teacher at First Lutheran Church; he served on the church board, taught confirmation and is a past president of the First Lutheran Men's Club. He was past president of the Detroit Lakes Lions Club, served on the Boys Club Board, was a board member of the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce, taught youth fire arms safety, was an officer with the Jess-Omundson Veterans of Foreign War Post, was a member of Mt. Tabor Lodge, Fraternal order of Masons, the Shrine and, for 19 years, was a Becker County Auxiliary Police Officer.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy of Detroit Lakes, a son: Douglas (Francine) Sumner of Phoenix, AZ, a daughter: Pamela (Timothy) Strom of St. Paul, MN, five grandchildren: Jacob, Gabrielle and Zachary Sumner; Liza and Sumner Strom. In addition to his first wife, Elsie, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Yvonne Konzen and Virginia Coats. David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at www.daviddonehower.com.

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