Ronald Charles Sommer


September 7, 1937 - June 12, 2011


Ronald Charles Sommer was born September 7, 1937 at Parkston to Henry and Josephine (Schmidt) Sommer. He grew up and attended school at Parkston where he graduated from high school. On October 3, 1959 he married Anita Weber at Dimock. He served four years, 1958-1962 in the US Navy and was stationed in San Diego and Oakland, California. They returned to Mitchell where he worked at United Building Center and was also involved in building construction doing concrete and brick work. In 1964 Ron started working at the post office where he was a rural postal carrier until retiring in 1993. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where he served on the board, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and he was a volunteer for the Salvation Army, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

He is survived by his wife, Anita, sons: Curtis (Joy) Sommer, West Linn, OR; Cory (Stephanie) Sommer, St. Michael, MN; daughters: Dawn Sommer (and friend, Mark Loneman) Sioux Falls; Gail (Mark) Hanson, Aberdeen; sister, Phyllis Stadlman and brother, James (Joan) Sommer, Parkston and five grandchildren: Spencer and Trevor Hanson, Vivian and Alaina Sommer and Jake Kent.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lorraine Fischer.


Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or AseraCare Hospice.


Thursday, June 16, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, June 17, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Rose Andersen on June 18, 2011
Sincere sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Anita and family.
Posted by Bill and Shirleen Gerstenecker on June 17, 2011
Anita- Our heartfelt Sumpathy to you and your family. May GOD Bless and keep you in his arms and may you draw strenght from his love and promise of life everlasting. Ron is with GOD now and resting from his labors.
Posted by Donna and Stan Nelson on June 16, 2011
Our prayers to the family.
The Nelsons (former neighbors and friends)
Posted by Chad and Jan Gordon on June 16, 2011
To the Sommer family: Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Posted by Don & Judy Gohl on June 15, 2011
Dawn--We want to extend our sympathy to you and your family. Keep your memories close and your dad will live in your hearts forever. God bless you all.
Posted by Claudia Kapp on June 15, 2011
Thinking of and praying for you and your family during these days and those to come. My deepest sympathy, Claudia
Posted by Jamie Marie Harris on June 15, 2011
To Dawn and the Sommer family--My thoughts are with you as you celebrate Ronald's life and mourn his loss. You have my heartfelt sympathy.
Posted by Amy Hofer on June 15, 2011
Dawn & family~ My deepest sympathy to you. Know you are in my heart & prayers. Amy
Posted by Kristin Ulmer on June 15, 2011
Dawn,Anita and family:
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to your entire family during this difficult time. I have happy memories of Ron delivering mail to the clinic when I worked there, and the infamous apple tree. May God Bless you during this difficult time.
Posted by Jo A. Freier on June 14, 2011
Sommer Family - Garry and I want to express our deepest sympathy to all of you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Rick Freeman on June 13, 2011
Dawn, Anita and family - I was very sorry to hear about Ron's passing. If there's anything I can do during this difficult time, I'd be happy to help.
Posted by John and Cathy Maguire on June 13, 2011
Dawn, Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. Your in our prayers. Cathy and John
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