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Ernest Somerfield

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WEST FRANKFORT - Ernest Somerfield, 77, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2010, in Frankfort Care Center in West Frankfort.

He was born July 23, 1932, in Kinkaid, to Ernest Somerfield and Mary (Matthews) Somerfield.

He married Shirley Soderdahl on May 18, 1957.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Somerfield of West Frankfort; son, Daniel Lee Somerfield and wife, Robin, of Darien; daughters, Linda Jean Somerfield of West Frankfort and Terri Lynn Somerfield of Brandon, Fla.; grandchildren, Courtney, Cameron and Caitlen, all of Darien; brother, William Somerfield and wife, Alice, of West Frankfort; sisters-in-law, Betty Somerfield of Thompsonville and Phyllis Baldwin and husband, Wilbur, of Schaumburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward Charles, Benjamin, Richard, Robert and Harold; and sisters, Edna Tonellato, Annabelle Davis, Emma Martin, Gloria Reynolds and Mary Somerfield.

Ernest attended Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort and was active in men's prayer group. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired from International Harvester, now J I Case, in 1992.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in Parker Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort, with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating. Burial will at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Witt Cemetery in Witt. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home. For more information or to sign the guest register, visit
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Mar. 6, 2010
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