John E. Sommer, Jr.

April 07, 1948 ‒ August 06, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

John E. Sommer, Jr., 72, of Delaware, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville.

John was born on April 7, 1948 in Charleston, West Virginia, son of the late J.E. Sommer, Sr. and Ilene (Smith) Sommer.  He was a graduate of the Point Pleasant High School.  He attended Marshall University in West Virginia, and then later attended Illinois State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agra-Business.  Following college, John had worked for Provet Veterinary Supplies for 20 years, first in Indianapolis and then in 1982,  he moved to Ohio where he continued to work for Provet.  On November 3, 1984, John married Elizabeth Davenport, the love of his life.  After his retirement from Provet, John worked as a substitute teacher at Big Walnut Middle School.  John was very interested in genealogy and in 2018, accompanied by his cousin, Dick Sommer, John was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of spending ten days in Germany, meeting relatives, and visiting the homes of his ancestors.  John was a member of the Ohio Chapter of Palatines to American Genealogy Society. He enjoyed watching The Ohio State Football games and listening to old time rock-n-roll music.  John also had a love of old muscle cars, and especially enjoyed the time spent with his son John, III getting his Barracuda prepared to take to the Mopar Nationals.

Surviving is his loving wife, Elizabeth K. Sommer; his son, John E. Sommer, III of Wheelersburg, Ohio; sister-in-law, Sharon Sommer, Denton, TX; niece, Anna (Andrew) Fisher, Denton, TX; and nephew, Matthew (Lauren) Sommer, Phoenix, AZ; great nephew, Zeke Fisher and great nieces, Ziva and Zyana, Denton, TX.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, James C. Sommer.

A memorial service to Celebrate John’s life will be at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2020 with visitation for one hour from 2-3 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve John’s family.

John’s family would like to thank the emergency staff at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s, and a special thanks to Chaplain Chris for his help and comforting words.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223 or to the Harmony Baptist Church, 16814 Kanawha valley Road, Southside, West Virginia 25187.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence for John’s family, please visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • We were certainly blessed to have John be a part of our family. His bountiful stories and bear hugs will be dearly missed. May you find pleasure and peace from the wonderful memories you have of him.
    Love and Prayers,
    Sid and Charlotte

  • I’ll always cherish the great times we had together. He was the reason for my love and passion for anything automotive. I only wish I could go back in time and talk to him more…spend more time together. We loved getting his Plymouth ‘Cuda out of storage and taking it to the Mopar Nationals every summer. I love and miss you so very much Dad…my heart breaks not having you with us anymore…💔

    • I am so sorry for your loss.

      Your dad was a super great guy who showed he cared, even after 30 plus years.

      I pray you find peace knowing your dad was a Christ believer. We shall meet again.

  • So sorry for your loss Elizabeth. I know how much John III looked forward to spending time with you and his dad at the car show. Prayers of comfort for you are sent during this time of grief.

  • John was a huge blessing to me and kept in touch by email, even though we lived so far away. There were periodic phone calls, and he always asked how the children were doing. He was a caring and loving man with big shoulders to lean on. I will greatly miss the emails and the chats. He was deathly loved.

    My heart goes out to Elizabeth and John III, knowing the days ahead will be different. May the continued peace of God give you complete comfort and the memories of treasured times spent together bring great joy.

  • John was a huge blessing to me and kept in touch by email, even though we lived so far away. There were periodic phone calls, and he always asked how the children were doing. He was a caring and loving man with big shoulders to lean on. I will greatly miss the emails and the chats. He was dearly loved.

    My heart goes out to Elizabeth and John III, knowing the days ahead will be different. May the continued peace of God give you complete comfort and the memories of treasured times spent together bring great joy.

  • John, was a friend to me in our “growing up years”, as our dads were best friends. Therefore, we visited often in each others’ homes. Sending prayers and sympathy to his family.

  • So sorry to hear about John. I will always remember that he was very pleasant to be around in highschool.

  • Sorry to learn of the passing of John. I remember our school days and the Sommer family at Southside. May God provide comfort and peace to the the family.

  • I was a classmate of John’s through four years of high school. My memories of John were big,loud and always a smile on his face. Rest in Peace, John!

  • John and I worked together one summer at Lakin State Hospital painting barns. He always made the day a little better, even when he was throwing cow paddies around at us. Always had that big smile, had to be fifty years ago and I can still remember that big grin.

  • Condolences to all the family from fellow Pt. Pleasant Class of 1966, John Flowers. He always brought uplifting cheer with him.

  • Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of John Sommer. We dearly loved Ilene and J E and J C. We remember John from the time he was in first grade at Beech Hill Elementary, Southside, West Virginia. As adults John and I shared an interest in genealogy and we spoke on the phone about his relatives in Jackson and Mason counties. Always an enthusiastic and friendly guy. We are sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great cousin, as kids I know I always loved to go visit him and Jim “on the farm”. He was always so nice and showed us a great time. As adults, he often got back to visit us in WV. We got to spend time together last year, enjoyed seeing him and hearing his stories. And yes – the smile – he had a great smile and really seemed to enjoy life and the people around him.
    Prayers for peace and comfort for Elizabeth and John III.
    John was loved and will be missed.

  • Although second cousins, we didn’t really meet until late in our lives when our shared interest in genealogy brought us together, John and I became dear friends and I’ll miss him more than I can say. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Elizabeth and the rest of his family.

  • Our sincerest condolences to John’s family. It was good seeing him when he came to the family reunion in New Martinsville, WV. to visit Aunt Madge and some of the cousins and theirs. Reminiscing, sharing interesting genealogy facts and making new memories. He was a sweet man!

  • We are thinking about you and sending love. We will always remember his great bear hugs, animated stories, and boisterous laugh! Definitely blessed to have him in the family.
    Love,
    Jim, Lauren, Rylee, and Adelyn