MSgt. Somers retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He later worked in banking, starting his 2nd career with Wells Fargo Bank, St. Louis, MO, where he was a vice-president of computer operations until his retirement. Edward was a member of VFW Post 2866, Scott Air Force Base, IL, where he had also served as post commander. He was active in the Belleville Neighborhood Watch Program. Edward was an avid sports fan, who enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, NASCAR, football, and basketball.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Joseph Somers Sr.; and a sister, Carol Jordan.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Shirley, nee Land, Somers, whom he married on February 14, 1976;
a son, Billy Jones (Angie Stillwater) of Belleville, IL,
and his daughter, Samantha Jones;
a daughter, Cindy (Joseph) Mueth of Smithton, IL,
and their children, Lauren and Logan Mueth;
his mother, Alice, nee Jacobsen, Somers of Fort Lauderdale, FL;
two sisters, Sharon (Michael) Castaldi of Williams Township, PA,
and Judene (Gerard) Mariconda of Boca Raton, FL;
nieces and nephews;
and his beloved dogs.
Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the funeral home with Rev. Cari Frus officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
So sorry to have read that Ed passed. He was my boss at Boatmen’s bank in St Louis. Such a loss of a good guy.
Marilyn Berg, Belleville , IL, 62223