Chesley Winn Summerville

East Tawas, Michigan
November 13, 1932 - September 20, 2018

Service Location

Oscoda United Methodist Church

Services

A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, October 27th at the Oscoda United Methodist Church with luncheon to follow.

Obituary Notice

Chesley Winn Summerville, 85, died on September 20, 2018 at his Tawas Village residence. Chesley was born in Cedartown, Georgia on November 13, 1932. He was the first born of Elizabeth Liles Summerville Swafford and Lloyd Summerville and was named in honor of his maternal grandfather, Robert Chesley Liles. He was known to all of his family and friends in Georgia as “C.W.” (pronounced ‘CeeDubya’). His wife Norma and friends in Michigan knew him as Ches. Chesley graduated from Cedartown High School in 1952 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduation. He and Norma Jean Barrett were married on March 6, 1954 at the Second Baptist Church in Cedartown, Georgia. Chesley was assigned to Wurtsmith A.F.B. in Oscoda, Michigan in May 1965 and he and Norma have been area residents since. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Chesley started and ran several businesses in Oscoda and northeastern Michigan. Chesley was a member of Oscoda United Methodist Church for many years. He was a Mason Life Member and a member of the Elf Khurafeh Shrine AuSable Club. A skilled mechanic, one of his hobbies was restoring antique cars. He completely restored two Model-A Fords and participated in the local Antique Car Club for several years. Chesley joined with other local citizens to create and bring to reality Aldersgate, the first low-income housing development in northeastern, lower Michigan. He later became an owner and co-manager of the complex adding a second phase of townhouses to the original apartments. Chesley was a member of a several local clubs and organizations throughout his 53 years of calling Wurtsmith A.F.B. and Oscoda home. Among those were the AuSable River-Hull Island Riparian Restoration Association Executive Board and the Northland Area Federal Credit Union Board, serving many years with each. Chesley is survived by his wife of 64 years, Norma, daughters Susan (James) Hynes of Virginia and Donna (Danny) Hughes of New Hampshire, two granddaughters, Kelly (A.J.) Miltner of New Hampshire and Katie Hughes of Pennsylvania, great grandson A.J. Miltner of New Hampshire and brother Allen Summerville of Georgia. Chesley was predeceased by his father Lloyd Summerville, mother Elizabeth Liles Summerville Swafford, step-father Seals Swafford, brothers Harold E. Summerville and Franklin Summerville. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, October 27th at the Oscoda United Methodist Church with luncheon to follow.Cremains will be interred at the Oscoda United Methodist Church Memorial Garden and inurned at the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, Chesley’s family suggests donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to aid in finding a cure.

Memorials

In lieu of flowers, Chesley’s family suggests donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to aid in finding a cure.

Cemetery

Oscoda United Methodist Memorial Garden and Arlington National Cemetery

Condolences

Susan-thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Love you my friend!
— Shirley Walker
Condolences to the Summerville Family and may GOD Bless ,,, I was stationed @ WAFB 11Oct65 to 1Feb68 , Pavement / Grds Div CES ,,, can't say I knew Chesley personally , but we have one thing in common , we are both Veterans and shared the same "home" grounds for a short while , so , RIP Brother ,,, Slow Salute ...
— Dwight L Perkins Sr
What an amazing legacy Mr Summerville leaves behind! I pray for peace and comfort for everyone, along with strength to celebrate his life.
— Linda Davies
My heartfelt condolences, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Ches.
— Jackie Anderson
So sorry for your lose. I truly feel for you and the family. G-d bless.
— Marjorie Wood
Love you all, my prayers and condolences go out, big hugs wish we could make the trip
— Amanda Shaw
Thinking of you and your family. Ches was a gentleman’s gentleman.
— “C.David” and Karen Wright
Sincerest condolences to Norma, Susan, Donna, and all of the family and friends. RIP UNCLE CHES.
— Sam Rizzotto
God Bless Chesley and your family. We had some good laughs over the years!!
— Dan Miccolis
Dear Norma and Family..I'm so sorry for your tremendous loss. I knew Chesley as my First Sergeant in the 379th AMMS, my first duty assignment 73-75. Chesley was a great NCO and always encouraging me. He told me I was an outstanding airman and was going places. I didn't let him down retiring as an Air Force Chief. Thank you Chesley for your leadership and kindness, and compassion.
— John W. Snow, CMSgt, USAF, retired

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