John A. Sommer, age 84, of Gibbon formerly of Fairfax, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, in Arizona.
Funeral Service will be Monday, December 12, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairfax with interment in Ft. Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 11, 2022, from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairfax and will continue one hour prior to the service on Monday, ALL at church.
Military Honors by the Fairfax Honor Guard.
John Albert Sommer was born February 6, 1938, to Rueben and Violet (Abraham) Sommer. He was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. He graduated from Gaylord High School in 1956.
After John graduated from Gaylord High School, he enlisted in the National Guard and trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
On October 25, 1959, John was united in marriage to Karen Kay Kreft. John and Karen were blessed with six children. He worked at Fullerton Lumber Yard for 20 years. His career started in Gaylord and he moved into management at Brownton eventually moving to Fairfax and starting 4 Square Builders in 1970, with partners Leon Schwerzler, Dennis Anderson, Duane Schuette, and John Fox. He retired and bought a home in Queen Valley, Arizona in 2010, and enjoyed many sunny and warm winters with family and friends. John and Karen shared 63 happy years of marriage.
John loved his family and we were blessed to have him in our lives. He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and his easy-going manner gained him many cherished friendships throughout his years. His favorite hobby was anything horse related. This included family trips to many parts of the American West with their horses, going to the quarter horse races at Canterbury Park, and attending Saddle Club and 4-H horse shows to watch his grandchildren compete. John loved all Minnesota sport teams, Vikings, Gophers, Lynx, Twins and the Timberwolves.
John passed away peacefully in Arizona on November 21, 2022, of a massive stroke at the age of 84 years. Blessed be his memory.
John is survived by:
Wife, Karen Sommer;
Children, Brent (Hollie) Sommer,
Bryan (Joan) Sommer,
Dwight (Diane) Sommer,
Nathan (Mandy) Sommer;
Grandchildren, Ryan and Hunter Sommer, Danielle (Tom) Frauendienst, Jessi (Gerry) Domeier, Jenny (Robert) Meyer, Mindy (Bronc) McMurtry, Jamie Sommer, Shawn Sommer, Taylor Sommer, Faith Sommer, Kaylie Sommer;
Great grandchildren, Jayla Frauendienst, Larissa (Dylan) Selbrade, Jaxon Domeier, Braydee and Bailee Meyer, Mesa Jo and Coulee McMurtry;
Great great grandchildren, Oliver Jongbloedt;
Sister, Diane Dietz;
Brothers-in-law, Douglas Kreft and Bill Messner;
numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends.
John was preceded in death by Infant daughter, Sommer; Grandsons, Trevor and Dillan Sommer; Granddaughter, Hailey Jo Sommer; Brothers-in-law, Karl Dietz and Dennis Kreft; Sister-in-law, Marilyn Messner; Parents, Rueben and Violet Sommer; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Helmut and Margaret Kreft.
Sandy Reinking says
Dear Karen and Family,
So sorry to hear about John passing away. I’m sure he will be so missed by your family.My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. He was a good and kind man.
Sue Miehlisch says
So sorry for your loss! I have so many good memories of being at John and Karen’s home in Fairfax with Renae! Sympathies to you all!
Sue Kiecker Miehlisch
Judy Riebe says
Just wanted to send you my sympathy. I enjoyed talking to John at our class reunions. My prayers to you and your family
Judy Nordlund Riebe
Twila Sickmann says
Sorry for your loss…John will be missed…I have many memories of John,Karen and family…I am happy for John to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….Sad for us left behind….May God comfort us in in our sadness…
I am so very sorry for your loss, he was such an amazing wonderful man! I have only happy memories of my times with your family. Please know I’m sending hugs and prayers to each of you.
John was one of the sweetest man I ever met. It is my privilege to have had the chance to know and love him!
Truly a pleasure!
I especially always got kick out of how cute it was…that he always referred to Karen as “ My Bride”.
He will be missed.
Carol Lutz says
Karen and family,
So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
Roshelle Kiecker Roth says
My sympathy to you Karen, Nathan, and all family grieving for this loss. I treasure the time I was able to spend with John and our 4-H horse projects in my childhood. He touched so many lives with his patience, knowledge, and good nature. I surely count knowing him and your family a blessing in my life. Wishing peace to you all. God bless.