Obituary for Carl Guy Summanen

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Carl Guy Summanen

April 26, 1946 - January 20, 2021

Carl Guy Summanen, age 74 of Grove City, Passed 7:19 a.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Riverside Hospital.  He was born April 26, 1946 in Ashtabula, Ohio to the late Carl “Casey” and Elizabeth Halman Summanen. He was a career high school educator in Ohio focusing on American History and Government.  In addition to teaching in the classroom, he had a lifelong passion with coaching football started in no small part as a graduate defensive coordinator for Woody Hayes when he was a student at Ohio State in 1968-69.  He followed Earl Bruce to Tampa to stand-up a football program at University of Tampa in the early 70’s, but came back to Ohio to be closer to extended family.  That passion for football and coaching continued through the years on the high school level around Ohio including the communities of Richmond Heights, New Lexington, Middletown, and Kenton to name a few.  

Guy was always generous in listening and actively helping others at work, at home, at church, and in the larger community. He was an avid photographer and published rail fan (photographing trains), car aficionado (with a brief stint as a test track driver), and political wonk (an off-duty civics teacher is never off-duty), but more than anything, he was an engaging, if lovingly long-winded, story teller.  

After retiring from teaching, Guy transitioned to school bus driving for Dublin and Grove City Schools, and eventually driving special needs kids from home to school and back until he became ill with Covid-19. He will be remembered as an inveterate coffee drinker, sly punster, and resident expert on vaudeville comedians, especially the Three Stooges and Abbot & Costello.

Guy is survived by his wife of 29 years, Bonnie Summanen; ex-wife Susan Summanen Reed; three children and two step children and their spouses, Beth Summanen (Brian Chesney), Jack Summanen (Colleen), Joe Summanen (Alayna), Tammy Grubb Brown, and Melissa Lantzy (Craig); 10 Grandchildren, Devon (David), Brittany (Anthony), Jacalyn, Ryan, Zachary, Tyler, Jack, Gabriel, Emily, and Ella; 6 Great-Grandchildren, Gabrielle, Kaydence, Makenzie, Cooper, Caleb, and Amelia; Uncle John Halman; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Thomas and stepson, Gale Grubb.

Due to COVID-19, Funeral services will be private and a memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions/donations may be made to: This charitable organization supports vetted requests by K-12 teachers and their classrooms for material needs across the country.  Feel free to support wherever and however the spirit moves you.


Funeral services will be private and a memorial service will be planned for a later date.

DM posted on February 27, 2021

Thanks for the 1974 East Suberban Conference football championship coach.

Mary Kauterman posted on February 3, 2021

Dear Lord, thank You for seeing our dearest friends Carl "Guy" & Bonnie to the other side of the Jordan... When we think of them fondly and our hearts can still hear their voices and laughter! Please be with their loved ones, our sincerest sympathies... You all were their heart and song! Hugs ~ Tommy, Mary & Blanche Kauterman

Doug Smith posted on January 31, 2021

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Doug Smith posted on January 31, 2021

How do you say these things. I liked Guy, a lot, from our days on 39th and 40th streets and designing plays for pick up football games. He was a good person. Guy was happy and smiling, always looking on the bright side of everything. Of course, after high school, we didn’t see one another until a 50th year reunion when we just laughed at stuff! Hopefully, Guy's family has only great memories of their lives together.

Hansel and Jan Rhodes posted on January 31, 2021

So sorry for your kids. We knew Guy after he married Bonnie. She was a great friend. Prayers for comfort during this time

Tom Summanen posted on January 30, 2021

Deepest condolences to Aunt Bonnie, Beth, Jack, Joe and all of Uncle Guy’s family. We pray that Uncle Guy is at peace and pray for healing for all of you. We always enjoyed spending time with him and learning from his stories. We will miss him but are grateful for the memories. Sincerely Tom and Deb Summanen

Scott and Amy Watson posted on January 30, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Guy. We was a very nice guy. Loved hearing stories about when he coached with Woody Hayes.


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