Obituary: Jon Summers

Jon Summers

Jon Thomas Summers, 70, of Fairview, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. He was born in Sabetha, on March 7, 1951, to Gerald and Dorothy (Brigham) Summers. He was the middle son of a lively household of boys.

He attended Sabetha High School and graduated in 1969. He briefly attended Highland Community College and Wichita State University before pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Jon married his high school sweetheart, Janet “Jan” Heiniger on March 4, 1972, and they celebrated 49 years of marriage. Together, they raised two sons, Matthew “Matt” and Marcus “Marc.” Jon loved his home and family, enjoyed home improvement projects, and made family vacations an important priority. They enjoyed camping as a family and visited many United States National Parks.

Jon worked hard and was a dedicated employee. He began his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher with the Topeka Police Department in Topeka. Then, he worked as a deputy for the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Department in Seneca, and later was a city patrolman for the City of Seneca. At the age of 25, he was appointed as the Nemaha County Sheriff and was subsequently elected Sheriff by the citizens of the county.

His final career move was to McPherson, where he was a city patrolman, and was later promoted to Investigative Detective. He truly loved being a “cop” and often worked long night shift hours. Although he carried a weapon while on duty, his greatest weapons were his keen observation skills and his ability to use effective communication skills to “disarm” many situations. Jon also worked in the family grocery business, worked as a jailer for the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, drove over the road for Federal Express and worked for the Sabetha school district as a bus driver. In addition, Jon was a dutiful son to his mother and helped his father-in-law on the farm when needed.

On March 15, 2006, Jon was given the wonderful gift of a heart transplant at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. His new heart gave him extra years that he lived vigorously. Never one to sit still for long, he loved to help others and cherished time with friends and family. In addition, he served others through the 12-step recovery program, served his community by delivering Meals on Wheels and he spent hours encouraging other transplant patients.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and Kiwanis. He enjoyed his NorthRidge Church family immensely. Jon and Jan loved to travel and visited nearly all 50 states in their RV. They also enjoyed their trip with Sabetha High School students to Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Dorothy Summers; and his two brothers, Jim and Kim Summers.

He is survived by his wife, Janet of Fairview; his sons, Matt of Silver Lake and Marcus Summers of Independence, Mo.; his three brothers, Gary (Sylvia) of St. Joseph, Mo., Jeri (Janice) of Columbia, Mo., and Kirk (Stefni) of Broken Arrow, Okla.; his sister-in-law, Beth Summers of Calistoga, Calif.; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and a host of friends.

Jon’s outgoing personality and love of life impacted many people. He will be greatly missed.

Celebration of Life services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at the NorthRidge Church in Sabetha. Visitation will be one hour before the service starting at 1 p.m. until service time at the church. Services will be live streamed at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sabetha Community Hospital, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and Valley Hope at Atchison, and sent in care of the Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, Kansas 66534.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

The Sabetha Herald 10/20/2021

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