Harold Lee Summerlee III, 72, rock n roll enthusiast, of Marquette, MI, left us far too soon on December 26th 2022.
Hal was born in Livonia, MI on December 31st, 1949 to Jayne Allmayer and Harold Summerlee Jr. He spent the first 18 years in Livonia with his brother Richard and sister Suzy. After high school, he was drafted into the Army, where he served a little over two years working with tanks in Germany. Shortly after returning home, he found his way to the Upper Peninsula where he fell in love with Lake Superior and the great outdoors. Hal spent the last 52 years calling the UP home. He enjoyed outdoor projects, arts and crafts, stained glass, hunting, fishing, gardening, signing along to rock and roll oldies, and was an avid supporter of the Detroit Tigers.
Although a less than average life span, Hal did not live an average life. He laughed inappropriately at every chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fixed what he wanted to fix and loved who he wanted to love. His departure leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends who were always entertained by his wild stories and ridiculous humor.
A very influential power that defined Hal’s best years in life was his involvement in the fellowship of AA. He was very grateful for what the program and sobriety did for him, and the important people it brought into his life. In the last decade, Hal’s alcohol use disorder started to get the best of him. In September 2022, he entered the hospital to get back on the path to sobriety. He had a strong will and was determined right up until the end of his journey here on earth at 109 days sober.
Hal helped raise three bold, determined, compassionate, strong-willed, and independent children who he is survived by; Arlyn Summerlee (Madison, WI), Whittni Benjamin (Swartz Creek, MI) and Madison “Buck” Summerlee (Marquette, MI). He is also survived by Grandchildren; Cadence Bell, Ellie Yurk, Xander Yurk, & Owen Benjamin. Sister; Sue Magel, Niece; Keri Thill, and Uncle; Bruce Allmayer. He is preceded in death by his mom, dad, brother, niece, and best friends - Mark, Bill, & Frank.
There will be a celebration of life to remember Hal on Saturday January 14 2023 from 3-5pm at the Presque Isle Pavilion. Please bring pictures or stories to share while we all talk about his life and celebrate the many laughs we had with him.
Contributions can be made to the fellowship of AA via USPS mail to:
P.O. Box 732
Marquette, MI 49855
In lieu of flowers, a college fund will be set up for each of Hal's grandchildren with any donations that are received: