Barry E. Sommers



Barry E. Sommers, 79, of Brownstown, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Born July 3, 1935, in Brownstown, he was the son of Louis F. and Maudie Bedel Sommers, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Lois M. Hackman on June 2, 1957.

Mr. Sommers graduated from Brownstown High School in 1953 and from Purdue University with a degree in pharmacy in 1957. He was a member of the ROTC while attending Purdue University. He was a veteran serving as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Sommers was a member of Brownstown Christian Church, where he served as deacon. He also was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles and American Legion Post 89 and was a past exalted ruler of the Seymour Elks.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Lois Hackman Sommers; a daughter, Kimberly (Gary) Jackson; a son, John B. (Chris) Sommers; three grandchildren, Brandy (Nick) Hampton, Cliff Sommers and Anna (Jonathon) Hochstedler; and three great-grandchildren, Presley Hampton, Isaac Hampton and Dawson Hochstedler.

In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by a brother, William. R. Sommers.

Mr. Sommers was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and his great-grandchildren brought him so much joy and happiness. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, making memories camping, vacationing and watching NASCAR.

He was a friend to all who knew him. His heart was in everything he did and in every word he spoke. To know him was to know a jolly soul. He was always sharing words of wisdom, kindness and most importantly a great smile.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown with Michael Hogg officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown. Military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets 7.

Memorials may be made to Brownstown Christian Church or Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

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