Chesley Winn Summerville
East Tawas, Michigan
November 13, 1932 - September 20, 2018
Oscoda United Methodist Church
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm Saturday, October 27th at the Oscoda United Methodist Church with luncheon to follow.
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.
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.
Oscoda United Methodist Memorial Garden and Arlington National Cemetery