Marvin “Marv” L. Sommer

Marvin “Marv” L. Sommer, 86, passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at his home in Eudora, KS.

Marv was born in Lawrence, KS, the son of Albert F. and Charlotte I. (Hadl) Sommer.

He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War as an Aviation Electronics Technician 1. After completing his 4-year term in the Navy, he attended the University of Kansas and began his 30-year career as a Systems Engineer Analyst for IBM, retiring in June of 1991.

He married the love of his life, Carolyn Carver, on June 14, 1958, at St. Peter Cathedral in Jefferson City, MO. She survives at home.

Marv enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with family and friends, playing softball, golfing, bowling, and watching sports. He was a member of Knights of Columbus as well as the Lions Club.

Other survivors include his children; Diane (Bob) Carlson, Steve (DaLonna) Sommer, Stan (Brenda) Sommer, Doug Sommer, Shari (Gabriel Cobos) Sommer, Debbie (John) Hileman, brother, Joe Sommer, sister, Karen Kennedy, seventeen grandchildren, and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Marv was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Art Sommer, and sister, Mary Ledom.

The family will gather from 6:00 ~ 8:00 p.m starting with a Rosary Recitation on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora with Fr. Mick Mulvany officiating. Entombment will be at Resurrection Catholic Mausoleum in Lenexa, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marv’s name to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Douglas County Visiting Nurses, or The Special Olympics and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

8 Condolences

  1. Charlie Bird on August 19, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Judy and I were next door neighbors in Stewartville MN. We became friends with Marc and Carolyn. He fished in the Mississippi and went hunting for morels in spring. Best of all, our daughter Danielle became fast friends with their daughter Debbie and Nicky who lived across the street. Lots of friends on that street. We had block parties back then with kegs and barbecue. Those few years were good times for all. Im happy Marv made it to 86. We hope you folks can cherish good memories of a fine man.

  2. Mike & Rakena McCurdy on August 20, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Mike and I were next door neighbors here in Eudora. Marvin will be greatly missed. He always brought us vegetables and cookies that Carolyn made. He was even best friends with our dog! He was a wonderful person, always happy and had a ljoke ready all the time. Rest in peace.

  3. Penny Eaton on August 20, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I am so sorry to hear that Marvin has
    passed away. My family and I were very good friends with the Sommers and their whole family! May God bring some kind of pease to all of you during this difficult time

  4. Rosalba Pelaez on August 20, 2021 at 11:54 am

    My parents, Mario and I never met Mr. Sommer but through Shari we’ve heard so many wonderful stories and knowing Shari we know what great job he did with her and all his children. It is not easy to accept God’s will ,it is very difficult and the emptiness they leave is so painful. All we can do is keep him alive in our heart and cherish all the great memories.
    May God help all the family with their sorrow, may He give you all peace and comfort.
    Rest in peace.

  5. Mark Ledom on August 20, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Uncle Marv, yours is truly a life to celebrate! You brought a smile to me and everyone you came in contact with. I always saw you as a good example of how to live our Catholic Faith. You were a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and Uncle to me! The memory that stands out the most was when I was five years old and went down to the Walky with my Dad to watch you and Uncle Art & Jody swim down to a hollow log and bring up 35lb, Flatheads from that dirty river! I still have a picture of me trying to hold one of them up! May Eternal Rest be Granted to you and may God’s Perpetual Light always shine upon you and may your Soul and all the Souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. P.S. tell my Mom & Dad I miss them!

  6. Scott Harris on August 21, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Marv, our lives intersected many times; first working with you remotely when you were in St. Joe, Later, when you came to Kansas City and we worked together in Program Support, Once more, we worked together in the same Department in IBM Rochester Service Planning Course Development…. Lastly, we again worked together in Kansas City; when you worked for USDA as my customer when I was in IBM Federal Systems. After retirement from IBM, I will always cherish our First Mondays, that Became First Tuesdays, and finally First Wednesday Breakfast “meetings” with you, Flaherty’s and Clevengers. We had alot of fun through the years, and you were a good friend, Marv. You will surely be missed.

  7. Brad Bunge on August 21, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Carolyn and family, I speak for the entire Bunge family when I say we are so sorry to hear about Marv’s passing. I am glad I got to speak with Marv a little over a year ago, after dad passed away, because I know how much my dad valued their friendship. I was little when your family used to come to our house to collect your bounty from the gardens dad put out each year. Those days included the dinners that ended with our dads making homemade ice cream. I know the Bunge family has wonderful memories of Marv and your entire family. Your family is in our prayers.

  8. MIKE AND ROSEMARY HADL on August 22, 2021 at 6:12 am

    To Carolyn and Family, may he rest in peace…so sorry for your loss…Mike Hadl…

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