Eugene L. 'Gene' Sommers

Eugene L. "Gene" Sommers, 73, of Lakeland, FL, and formerly of Huntington, died Dec. 30, 2008, at 2:26 a.m. at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Sommers worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, retiring from Martin Construction in Fort Wayne. He moved to Lakeland from Huntington in 2005.

He was born April 7, 1935, in Marshall, MI, to Lloyd and Marian (Baker) Sommers. His mother survives in Marshall, MI. He married Patricia Erskine on March 2, 1953, in Marshall, MI. His wife preceded him in death on March 7, 2002.

Survivors include three sons, Terry R. (Sue) Sommers and Blane Sommers, both of Andrews, and Todd Sommers, of Quincy, IL; three daughters, Barb (Don) Hostetler, of Huntington, Jackie Adams, of Andrews, and Kay Jacquay, of Lincolnville; two sisters, Shirley (Donald) Quada, of Battle Creek, MI, and Barbara (John) Carpenter, of Delton, MI; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Jan. 3, 2009, at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington, with Rev. Mark Hoffer officiating. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Andrews.

Online condolences may be sent to wecare@baileylove.com.