This post is from Jeff Sweet regarding the passing of our beloved Bill Sumner:
"I received the following from Jerry Emmett: Bill Sumner was a member of the DD-364 crew and a survivor of the Battle of Ormoc Bay where the ship was sunk after 9 kamakazi hits.
On August 12, 2016 Bill Sumner, age 92, passed away suddenly in Dallas, TX. His family held a memorial service for him on Sept. 11 in Reno, NV where he had a home. Bill was a three war veteran, serving in the Navy during WWII, and in the USAF during Korea and Vietnam.
Family members managed to arrange two honor guards, one from Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Auxiliary and one from Beale AFB near Sacramento, CA., to perform the flag ceremony and gun salute during his service. His ashes will be interred at Tahoe City, Ca.
Bill was a devoted member of the Mahan Association and looked forward to the annual gatherings. He attended some of the earliest reunions and was tapped to organize the first one held in Reno, NV. He met his current wife, Mary Lou Jones Sumner, at one of the reunions because her first husband Ken Jones was also a Mahan DD364 survivor. The last reunion he attended was held in Baton Rouge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rhoma Jane Mitchell Sumner. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Lou Jones Sumner of Dallas, TX; daughters, Linda Sumner Sievers, Jane Sumner Fergason, Carlie Sumner Hatt and son Wilfred Sumner II. Other survivors include two stepsons, David and Kevin Jones, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.