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Robert Sommer

November 23, 1944 — November 25, 2013

Robert Sommer



Robert Allen Sommer, 69, of Niles, formerly of Stevensville, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013 at his home.

A memorial service will be held 5 PM Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, with Reverend B. Gordon Barry, officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 - 5 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given towards the needs of the family.

Robert was born November 23, 1944 in Benton Harbor, the son of the late August E. and Lois Lorraine (Murray) Sommer. On August 6, 1966 he married Catherine Elizabeth Phelps. His life was full of experiences. He worked 42 years at the Bridgman Public Schools where he was always referred to as Mr. Bob, was a charter member of Faith United Methodist Church, was a member of Stevensville United Methodist Church, and loved watching his grandchildren and just spending time with them. Robert enjoyed wood working including refinishing and staining. He and Catherine fostered over 50 children. Robert found time to fish, camp, and was an avid fan of the University of Michigan football team.

Survivors include his wife Catherine of over 47 years; children - Susan (Ken) Johnson of Bridgman, Robert (Nikki) Sommer of Berrien Springs, Jennifer Sommer of Rossford, Ohio, Hope Sommer of Baroda, Stacie (Mike) Johnson of Niles, Katie (Gyasi) Mwewe of Berrien Springs; fifteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister-in-law: Carol (John) Svorec of Bridgman; brother - Roger (Nancy) Sommer of Eaton Rapids; his faithful canine companion - Mac; and many special and dear friends.

Robert was also preceded by a brother Ronald and two grandchildren.

Gathering of Family and Friends

4 - 5 PM ,Saturday, November 30, 2013
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow Hwy Bridgman, MI 49106

Memorial Service

5 PM ,Saturday, November 30, 2013
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow Hwy Bridgman, MI 49106
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