Richard G. Sommers

April 17, 1926 - Nov. 18, 2005

Richard G. Sommers, 79, of Waukesha, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was born in Milwaukee on April 17, 1926, to Charles and Norma (nee Winkelmann) Sommers.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Sept. 8, 1951, he married the former Loretta Albert in Milwaukee. He earned his business degree from Marquette University, graduating in 1954. He worked for Schlitz Brewery for 28 years. He was then employed by Phoenix International, retiring at age 63. He was a charter member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, where he was an usher and volunteered with the church festival. He was a member of Waukesha Knights of Columbus Council #1825 and the Fourth Degree Albert Cardinal Meyer Assembly 1304. He assisted with the ProLife display at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

He will be missed by his wife, Loretta of Waukesha, along with their children, Paul (Carmen) Sommers of Watertown, Barbara (Thomas) Schmit of Genesee, Mark (Lorre) Sommers of the town of Waukesha, Donna (Thomas) McLeod of Big Bend, David (Christyne) Sommers of Garden Grove, Calif., and Ronald Sommers of Waukesha. He was the dear grandfather of Stephanie (David) Beischer of Lake Zurich, Ill., Michael Sommers of Costa Rica, Timothy (Jennifer) Sommers and Melissa (Thomas) Berg, both of Watertown, Olivia Schmit of the town of Genesee, Shawn Sommers of Boca Raton, Fla., Dustan and Jessica Sommers, both of the town of Waukesha, Ryan, Jeremy and Natalie McLeod, all of Big Bend, Quinton, Cameron and Gavin Brudos-Sommers, all of Garden Grove and Larissa Sommers of Waukesha and proud great-grandfather of Logan Berg of Watertown and Ella Lousie Beischer of Lake Zurich. He is further survived by his brother, Gerald (Helen) Sommers of Menomonee Falls; sisters-in-law, Helen Sommers of Franksville and Nancy Sommers of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Glenn and Thomas.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. Highway 59, Waukesha. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials in Richard’s name are appreciated to St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 W. Highway 59, Waukesha, WI 53189-6323, or Knights of Columbus Council #1825, P.O. Box 1482, Waukesha, WI 53187-1482.

For further information, call Randle-Dable Funeral Home at 547-4035 or visit online at www.randledablefuneralhome.com.