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Richard Ralph Sommerfield Sr.

October 24, 1938 April 23, 2021
Richard Ralph Sommerfield Sr.
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Obituary for Richard Ralph Sommerfield Sr.

Richard (Dick) Ralph Sommerfield, Sr. was born the last of seven children on October 24, 1938, to Joseph Sommerfield and Angeline Koscielniak Sommerfield in Pittsburgh, PA. He was predeceased in death by both parents and siblings, Ruth, Robert, Joseph, and Elizabeth. He is survived by siblings William and Joan, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dick married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Varitek. Together they raised three children, Carolyn, Richard, and Thomas. They moved to Michigan in 1966 and lived in Lincoln Park and Berkley before building their dream home on 10 acres in Metamora. Dick was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, after 60 years of marriage. He is survived by children, Carolyn Bush (Kerry), Richard Jr. (Jeanne), and Thomas. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Monica Radcliffe (Travis), Derek Bush (Ashley), Stephen Sommerfield (Katherine), Darien Bush and Davis Bush (Samantha), and two great-grandchildren, Lucille and Penelope Radcliffe.

Dick worked at Weirton Steel while attending West Liberty State College (now University) to obtain his degree in Sociology and Psychology. After their move to Michigan, Dick worked for the U.S. Census Bureau before his career in print sales. He was employed at Reynolds & Reynolds, Nealson Business Systems, and M&S PrintMedia, Inc. He worked for Masterpiece Flowers in his retirement.

He was a tinkerer, a putterer, a prankster, and a collector of cars. His automotive collection was his biggest passion, whether they ran or not. His collection fueled his faux business Dick’s Automotive and Salvage. He also enjoyed baking, gardening, and making pickles. The pickle-making sparked a faux business Dick’s Pickles. He had a fondness for animals: dogs, cats, chickens, and a couple of goats. His goats inspired the faux business Dick’s Goat Yoga.

He enjoyed people and could start a conversation with anyone. No one can deny his sense of humor. He loved making people laugh and playing pranks. Everybody has a “do you remember when Dick said/did” story. His sense of humor will be missed by family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to American Liver Foundation or West Liberty State University.

A Funeral Mass will be held on June 12th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 3834 N. Mill Rd, Dryden, MI 48428. Fr. Michael Gawlowski will officiate. Friends and family may visit at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the start of Mass.

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Visitation

Saturday

12

Jun

10:00 AM 6/12/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/12/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Cornelius Catholic Church

3834 N Mill Rd
Dryden, MI 48428

St. Cornelius Catholic Church
3834 N Mill Rd Dryden 48428 MI
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

12

Jun

11:00 AM 6/12/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Cornelius Catholic Church

3834 N Mill Rd
Dryden, MI 48428

St. Cornelius Catholic Church
3834 N Mill Rd Dryden 48428 MI
United States
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