NEW BREMEN - Aloys S. "Junior" Sommer Jr., 80, of New Bremen, died at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1933, in Fort Loramie to the late Aloys and Marie (Bergman) Sommer. On Nov. 10, 1956, he married Marilyn Swallow, who survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are their children, Alan (Christine) Sommer, of Charlotte, N.C., Theresa (Jim) McElwee, of Zanesville, Rhonda (Barry) Gill, of Sidney, David (Mary) Sommer, of Botkins; eight grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Richard Sommer, of Sidney, Donald Sommer, of Anna, Albert (Marilyn) Sommer, of Sidney, Marilyn Heyne, of Coldwater, and Dorothy (Urban) Bertke, of New Bremen.
"Junior" was a 1951 graduate of Anna High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
, serving in Germany in an armored division. He was a truck driver for the former Beatrice Foods of New Bremen. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, and was a life member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen.
He enjoyed morning coffee with the guys and sitting in his driveway daily, greeting everyone who was coming into and leaving New Bremen.
A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
The family will receive callers one hour prior to the services at the church.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Grand Lake Hospice of St. Marys or the Elmwood Assisted Living Activity Fund. Arrangements are being handled by the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen and condolences to the Sommer family may be left at gilberghartwigfh.com