Louis Somers

Louis Robert "Lou" Somers

Battle Creek

Louis Robert "Lou" Somers, 87, of Battle Creek died at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

He was born in Pontiac, MI on August 8, 1926 to Jay F. and Maggie (Gee) Somers and grew up in East Lansing, MI.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.  He then served four years in the United States Air Force (Office of Special Investigations).  Upon completion of that service he moved to Battle Creek and began employment with Kellogg Company.  During his 32 year career there he held various accounting and financial positions and at the time of his retirement he was the senior vice president-finance.  He devoted countless hours of service to the American Red Cross, serving on its National Board of Governors, on the Advisory Council of the Midwestern Field Office, and on the Board of Directors of the Calhoun County Chapter.  He was a director of organizations including Michigan State University Development Fund, Junior Achievement of South Central Michigan, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Battle Creek Area United Fund, Glowing Embers Council of Girl Scouts, North Pointe Woods and Burnham Brook Senior Center.  He served 19 years as a Trustee for Alma College. He was also a Trustee for Westlake Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek.   He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek for many years prior to his death.  He was a member of the Battle Creek Country Club and a former member of the Battle Creek Rotary Club.  Above all else he was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Lou is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rynda (Randy); daughters Linda Somers and Laurie (James) Barr, and grandchildren Katherine, Margaret and Michael Walton and Jonathan (Kaytlin) and Douglas Barr.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Nov. 10, 2013