DAVID PAUL SOMMERS I, 81
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Was born on February 24, 1938 in Akron, OH and passed on November 3, 2019 at home beside his dear wife Judy in Tucson, AZ.
David was born on February 24, 1938 in Akron, Ohio to John W. Sommers and Axline Yerks Sommers. He was the 15th of 18 children and was a 1957 graduate from Northwestern High School in West Salem, OH. He was very proud and honored that he was the 1st of 18 children to graduate from High School.
David married Judy Raider on August 12, 1959 at the First Christian Church in Sullivan, Ohio. David re-proposed on Christmas of 2018, and after 60 years of marriage they renewed their vows on his birthday, February 24, 2019. He leaves his dear wife behind.
David worked from a young age helping his father doing all sorts of jobs, like roofing, masonry, and carpentry. He went on to build pole barns and then started working at Myers Pump which led him to become manager of several convenience stores over the years until retirement. He always said, "I’m a Jack of all things, but master of none."
He was blessed to be the father of a daughter, Donna Gay Bledsoe Glatfelter; and a son, David Paul Sommers II (married to Gabriella Serri); the grandfather of seven: David Paul III, John, and Michael Sommers; Samantha, Brice, and Brandon Avery; and Ryan Bledsoe. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Janice Raider, and numerous nieces and nephews.
His family was his number 1 priority and love. A close second would be his love of his animals, especially Monique, Bandit, Lady, Prince, Sassy, Lucky, and Cujo.
David was preceded in death by his parents John and Axline Sommers; sisters Emma McIntyre, Betty Guttenburg, Harriet Scot, Margaret (Peggy) Brown, Freda Prater, Clara Coy, Bertha Helman, Marguerite Mary Louise Amstutz, Nellie Workman, Kathryn Robertson, and his unnamed twin sister who died at birth; and plus three brothers, Roy Cook, Dale Cook, and John R. Sommers. Surviving siblings are Wesley D. Sommers, James H. Sommers, and Joy Draper (Gary) Campbell.
David loved sports! In High School he was on the Huskie basketball team. When he worked at Myers Pump he was part of a traveling softball team. He bowled with his brothers who called themselves, “The Sommers Bowling Team”. Over the years he mastered golf and played on several teams. In retirement he continued to golf just for fun with family and friends. He was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye and NY Yankee's fan, very seldom missing any televised games.
During his younger years David belonged to West Salem EUB (now United Methodist) Church, where he sang in the choir and was involved in youth activities.
Later on, when his own children were young, David was active with the Boys Scouts, serving in several administrative capacities.
David loved garage sales, looking for antiques or anything else he thought was a steal. He was THE master bargainer. He also loved landscaping and home repair, which became a small business for him. Much later in life, David also joined his daughter Donna, granddaughter Samantha, and sister-in-law Jan in the fun, but hard work, of caring for their many horses. He was famous for his homemade baked beans, potato candy, and popcorn - they were the best!
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. “We love you to the moon and back infinity times infinity and beyond.”
Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. J. Gary Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in the Ashland County Memorial Park. A meal and time of fellowship will be in the Legacy Room of the funeral home after the committal service. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Tucson, AZ.
For those who may not be able to attend, online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.
Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.