Henry A. Sommers, Jr., age 63 of Uniontown, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday February 7, 2021 with family by his side at Community Hospice Truman House in New Philadelphia, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Canton, Ohio on June 27, 1957 to Henry Sr. and Susan (Troyer) Sommers. Henry was will known as Jr. to all and had been a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church. A tradesman, he knew masonry and carpentry. He was an avid outdoorsman. Especially, he was a family man who delighted in time spent with family and always enjoyed being the chef at backyard picnics.
He was preceded in death by father Henry Sr.; baby brother Levi; and brother-in-law Wayne Hershberger. He is survived by his mother Susan, sister Alma Kay Hershberger; brother Archie Ray Sommers; nieces (who he was like a dad to) Amber Hershberger and Megan (Mike) Drake; great- nephews (who he was a pa-pa to) Jackson, Lucas and Wyatt Drake; nephews Tony Hershberger and Derek (Heidi) Hershberger; and many other relatives and friends.
Calling hours are Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm at Evermore Community Church. A burial committal service is Wednesday 1:00 PM at Walnut Grove Cemetery and a memorial service is Wednesday 2:00 PM at Evermore Community Church. The memorial service will be livestreamed Wednesday at 2 PM at Evermore Community Church's website and facebook. Pastors Nathaniel Hofstetter Ressler and Tim Yoder will officiate.
The family thanks Community Hospice and the Drs. and staff at Truman House for their outstanding care and compassion. Additionally, all friends and relatives, church family and neighbors are appreciated greatly for their love, support, prayers, food and kind gestures at this difficult time.
In addition to the short obituary, please enjoy reading this eulogy written by Jr's niece:
Henry Sommers a Jr. was born June 27, 1957 to Henry and Susan Sommers. He grew up in Hartville Ohio with his sister, Alma Kay, and brother, Archie Ray. Henry Sommers Jr was born June 27, 1957 to Henry Junior was an ornery boy and had a great sense of humor. He loved riding his unicycle and hunting for muskrats with his sister. With his brother, he tried parachuting off of the roof with a sheet and would put his bike next to the lawnmower to pretend it was his motorcycle. Jr had lots of fun with the kids from church youth group and often got into mischief with coworkers from his job at the Hartville Kitchen. He continued many of these friendships well into his adult years. On Sundays, he enjoyed coffee with his friends at Maple Grove Mennonite Church and on weekday mornings at McDonalds. Junior was an avid outdoorsman an animal lover. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping. Nothing relaxed him more than sitting and cooking around a campfire. Jr enjoyed trips out west with his buddies to hunt and camp. He loved working on a farm in his younger years and had a variety of pets from fish to birds and dogs to a pony. Junior was a friend that everyone could count on for a laugh or for help. He would often stop by his friends’ shops or garages to hang out while they worked on cars or help them with handyman projects. Friday evenings he loved playing cards and laughing with his cousins. Jr would do anything for a laugh, especially if it involved pulling his finger! When Amber and Megan were born, Jr would forever become known as “Uncle Junior” to most people. He loved his nieces and helped raise them as if they were his own after his brother-in-law, Wayne, passed away. It’s probably good he didn’t have his own children because he always said he’d name them after different cuts of steak! Uncle Jr taught the girls to drive, bait a hook, shoot target, grill, use power tools, change oil in the car, and to give selflessly. He came any hour of the day to help them however he could. Jr became a member of the Hershberger family through many visits to Florida. He made lots of memories with his Hershberger nephews Tony and Derek, particularly gator hunting and salt water fishing. Uncle Junior was a hard worker and skilled in many areas. Throughout his life he was a mason, roofer, and carpenter. He used his talents to build things for family and friends. One of Jr‘s favorite things to do was go out to eat! You could find him at a breakfast buffet with Arch most Saturday mornings. He took trips with his sister and nieces just to try new or favorite restaurants and was always happy to join his buddies at Red Lobster for shrimp fest. In the last five years, Uncle Junior became a great uncle to Jackson, Lucas, and Wyatt. The boys loved him like a grandpa and enjoyed going on tractor rides around the yard with him. He was always on the floor playing with the boys, or holding them in his lap. They brought him so much joy and laughter. In April 2019, Henry Junior was diagnosed with cancer. With the help of an amazing doctor, his family and friends, Junior fought to continue living a full life. He spent lots of time playing marbles with his mom, and was cared for by Alma Kay. He stayed positive and kept his sense of humor through it all. Most importantly, he said he knows he’s going to Heaven where he will get the ultimate healing. This day came on February 7, 2021. Uncle Jr would want us all to smile at the memories we share with him. May we all continue to laugh like Uncle Jr, give like Uncle Jr, and love like Uncle Jr. He will forever be in our hearts until we meet again someday. Special thanks to Dr Trehan and Dr Marsh at Aultman Hospital and the staff of Community Hospice for your incredible care and support.
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