David Joseph Sommer, 75, of Hanover, Indiana, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1945, in Madison, Indiana, to Gustav Charles and Emma Rita Dierkes Sommer. He was raised in Madison and was a 1963 graduate of Shawe Memorial High School. After graduation he was immediately inducted into the US Air Force ansd served during the Vietnam Era before being honorably discharged. He married Nancy Moffett Davis in 1967 and they adopted a daughter. He was employed with Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation for more than 30 years and retired as a master welder. After being widowed, he was remarried to Phyllis Kay Massie Varela on May 3, 2013 in Hanover. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Hanover and had enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising a garden. He loved horses, especially his horse Blaze.
Survivors include his wife of seven years, Phyllis Sommer of Hanover; his adopted daughter, Jessica Ann Copeland of Kent, Indiana; his stepson, Benjamin Davis of Vevay, Indiana; his stepdaughters, Lauri Duncan of Washington, Indiana and Treabele Jo Varela of Orlando, Florida, his sisters, Betty Jones and her husband, Verlin of Madison, Indiana, Donna Sommer Lane and her husband, Tommy of Charlotte, North Carolina; his brothers, Keith Sommer and his wife, Sharma of Kissimmee, Florida, Wayne Sommer and his wife, Donetta of Lakeland, Florida, Paul Sommer and his wife, Darlena of Madison, Indiana; his uncle, Bob Dierkes of Sarasota, Florida; and two grandchildren, two step grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Sommer; and other relatives.
Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 3, at the First Christian Church of Hanover. Interment will follow in the Hebron Cemetery in Madison, Indiana. Visitation is 11 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church.
A final salute and military honors will be provided by Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion at the church and the graveside.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre’s of Hanover and Madison. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.