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Dorothy Helen Summers, 87, of O'Neill, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.

Visitation was held Monday, Aug. 7, 2023 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill with a parish rosary.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill. 

Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be mad to St. Patrick's Catholic Church for mass intentions in Dorothy's memory.

Dorothy was born on May 6, 1936 in Petersburg to Joseph and Juliana (Arnberger) Kamphaus. The sixth child in a family of 12. The family moved to Holt County when she was a year old. She attended District 216 School. Her older brothers were in the service so she had to help her father on the ranch. At the age of 16, her father passed away. The ranch was sold so she went to O'Neill and worked at the O'Neill Dairy Store.

At a dance in O'Neill, she met the love of her life – Duane Summers. The two were married at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on May 7, 1955. The wedding dance was at Summerland dance hall in Ewing. 

Dorothy continued to work at restaurants as her husband drove truck. They bought a truck and she began driving with him. They moved to Sioux City, Iowa where her husband was a diesel mechanic and she worked at a café. In 1959, a son Scott was born, they bought a home and moved to Neligh, then to O'Neill where the other three children were born. They continued to truck and do custom work for farmers.

Duane's father was ready to retire, so they bought the farm, continued to do a lot of custom work and milk cows. 

Their home was a haven for a lot of nieces and nephews as it was open to whoever came. The coffee pot was always on and there were always goodies. Many meals were served to whoever came in. There were good times had.

Dorothy was president of the School Board for nine years. As the kids started high school, she decided it was time to give the job to someone else as her interest wasn't quite as it should be. She was on the AMPI Board, where she sold the milk for four years. She was a 4-H leader. 

After the children graduated from high school and left the home, they sold the cows. Dorothy went to work in O'Neill until her health failed.

Dorothy is survived by three children Donna (special friend, Eddie) Cox of Murfreesboro, TN, Mike (Tammy) Summers of Ewing and Karen (Mike) Timm of Pierce; eight grandchildren Sarah (Blake) Walker, Amber (Johnathan) Button, Stephanie (Cody) Henderson, Sierra Summers, Tyler (Deb) Rosner, Damian (Brooke) Summers, Bryce Summers (special friend Heather Bauer) and Miranda Summers; four bonus grandchildren Sam, Jake, Macie and Benji; eight great-grandchildren Aidan, Addison, Ethan, Bentley, Peyton, Keegan, Ryan and Brekkan; one bonus great-grandson Otto; five brothers Carl (Irene) Kamphaus of O'Neill, Bernard (JoEllen) Kamphaus of Chambers, Frank (Dianne) Kamphaus of Columbus, Mike (Yvonne) Kamphaus and Paul (Carolyn) Kamphaus, all of Omaha; four sisters-in-law LaVerne Kamphaus of Ord, Shirley Summers of Madison, Judy Summers of Las Vegas, NV and Connie (John) Collen of Clearfield, Utah; one brother-in-law Larry Summers of O'Neill; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Duane in 2005; three sons Joseph Summers, Scott Summers and John Summers; three brothers Joe (Leila) Kamphaus, Tony Kamphaus and John Kamphaus; three sisters Mary (Jim) Stewart, Gen (Bill) Shaw and Julianna (Leonard) Svatos. 


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