Richard Sommers


July 25, 1919 - Oct. 9, 2012



Richard Sommers of Waukesha died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at LindenGrove in Waukesha at the age of 93. He was born in Kirksville, Mo., on July 25, 1919, the son of Orin and Vida (nee Miller) Sommers. 


Richard was a 1942 graduate of Marquette University with a degree in mechanical engineering. On Oct. 22, 1943, he married the former Lucile Lucht in Miami, Fla.; she preceded him in death Nov. 27, 2010.  Richard proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Kretschmer, a destroyer escort. He worked for Briggs and Stratton for many years retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Richard very much enjoyed his friends and neighbors and he adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


He will be sadly missed by his two sons, Larry Sommers of Pittsburgh and James (Teresa) Sommers of Eagle; two grandchildren, Matthew (Melissa) Sommers of Littleton, Colo., and Kit (Tom) McFarland of Fredericksburg, Va.; and four great-grandchildren, Avery and Charlotte Sommers and Annabelle and Evangeline McFarland. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. 


In addition to his parents and his wife, Lucile, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert H. Sommers.


The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to LindenGrove Healthcare in Waukesha and to Seasons Hospice for their special care given to Richard.


A private family service will be held, followed by interment at Prairie Home Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI 53186; the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, 1301 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186; or the American Heart Association, 660 E. Mason St., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53202. 


Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.