Everette “Chinny” Sommer

Written by Theresa Rose on July 18, 2016

Everette R. “Chinny” Sommer, age 93 of Winfield, formerly of Crawfordsvile, died Sunday July 17, 2016 at Sunrise Terrace Care Center.  The son of Jacob William and Alpha Jeanette (Bailey) Sommer, he was born July 7, 1923 in Crawfordsville. On July 10, 1942 he married Phyllis June Lantz at Wyman; she died December 3, 2009. He graduated from the Crawfordsville High School in 1941.  He was a farmer in the Crawfordsville area.  He also worked as a hail adjuster for Farmer’s Mutual Hail Insurance Company.  He drove a school bus for Crawfordsville School.  He served in the US Navy during W.W. II from 1944-46.  He was stationed aboard the USS Halloran in Hawaii and the Philippine Islands, and was on his way to Okinawa, Japan when the war ended.  He served as the radar man on the ship.  Mr. Sommer was a member of the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church. He also was an active member of the American Legion for 71 years and the Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, working as a carpenter, collecting antique tractors, mushroom hunting, Iowa Hawkeye Basketball, volunteering at the Crawfordsville American Legion Chicken Barbecue and Old Thresher’s Reunion, and going to the Epicurean with his wife and friends.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Survivors include; one daughter Cheryl and Mike Fye of West Burlington; three sons, Donald Sommer of Lake Station, Indiana; Roger and Teresa Sommer of Winfield; and James Sommer of Valparaiso, Indiana; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Irene White and Ann Darbyshire both of Algona; one sister in law Jean Kracaw of Winfield; nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother Lyle.


The funeral service will be Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Honts Funeral Home in Winfield, with Rev. Mark Youngquist officiating.  Interment will follow in the Crawfordsville Cemetery with military rites.  Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time Wednesday at the Honts Funeral Home with the family to meet with friends.  Memorials have been established for Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church and Crawfordsville First Responders.