Lester Sommers

Born Nov. 29, 1917, in Harmon, Ohio, he was the son of Elmer and Verda (Mishler) Sommers. He had lived in Rootstown for 55 years.

Mr. Sommers was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron.

A World War II veteran, he served more than four years with a medical unit in the U.S. Army's Third Division, commanded by Gen. George S. Patton.

He was chosen in 1995 to represent other Portage County World War II veterans at a statewide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of World War II held in Cleveland. He was a past commander of Portage County Disabled American Veterans No. 26.

He was a member of Rootstown United Methodist Church, a member and inner guard of Ravenna Elks Lodge No. 1076, a member of the Foreman's Club at Goodyear and the Elks Golf League. He was a former member of the Ravenna Rotary Club.

Survivors include his wife, Leah (McManus), to whom he was married 51 years; sons, Lester Jr. (Julie) of Portage Lakes and John (Bille Jo) of Ravenna; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Bradley of Windham. Four brothers an two sisters died previously.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where an Elks service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Orian Aubihl officiating. Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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