Ronald Charles Sommer was born September 7, 1937 at Parkston to Henry and Josephine (Schmidt) Sommer. He grew up and attended school at Parkston where he graduated from high school. On October 3, 1959 he married Anita Weber at Dimock. He served four years, 1958-1962 in the US Navy and was stationed in San Diego and Oakland, California. They returned to Mitchell where he worked at United Building Center and was also involved in building construction doing concrete and brick work. In 1964 Ron started working at the post office where he was a rural postal carrier until retiring in 1993. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where he served on the board, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and he was a volunteer for the Salvation Army, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
He is survived by his wife, Anita, sons: Curtis (Joy) Sommer, West Linn, OR; Cory (Stephanie) Sommer, St. Michael, MN; daughters: Dawn Sommer (and friend, Mark Loneman) Sioux Falls; Gail (Mark) Hanson, Aberdeen; sister, Phyllis Stadlman and brother, James (Joan) Sommer, Parkston and five grandchildren: Spencer and Trevor Hanson, Vivian and Alaina Sommer and Jake Kent.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lorraine Fischer.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or AseraCare Hospice.