Dr. John A. Sommer

September 23, 1918April 9, 2013
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Dr. John A. Sommer, age 94, of Empire formerly of Battle Creek, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born September 23, 1918 in Bronson, MI to Dr. John A. and Marjorie (Lane)Sommer Sr.. John graduated from Bronson High School and went on to receive his B.A. from Albion College. He attended Harvard Business School and received his doctorate in Dentistry from the University of Michigan. On June 30, 1940 John married the late Betty Ann Blanchard in Bronson. John was drafted into the US Air Force during WWII. Because of his patriotism towards his country, John re-enlisted at the start of the Korean War. Dr. Sommer had his career in Dentistry for over 40 years. He was the sole practitioner in his office located in the Michigan National Bank Building in Battle Creek. John will be greatly missed by his family. Children: Karen (Robert) Christensen of Green Valley, AZ, Marjorie (Andy) Cooke of Wellesley, MA, John A. Sommer III of Empire, and Dr. Rebecca (Martin LaCasse) Sommer; 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter. John was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, Sister Patricia Ford, and Grandson Andrew R. Cooke Jr. A funeral will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Burial will take place Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Bronson Cemetery in Bronson MI. Please share a memory of John at Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.


  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2013

Dr. John A. Sommer

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Robin Roe

April 18, 2013

My fondest memory of Dr John was his compassion and caring nature he showed with his patients.Condolences to Dr. Becky and your family.

Ruth Kleinfeld

April 15, 2013

Dear Marjorie, Kim, Andy, Andrew, and Leah, Burt and I send our deepest sympathy to you on your great loss. What a wonderful life he lived! I am sure you brought him much joy. With our love,

April 14, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing.

Linda Williams

Carolyn Kitt-Corkins

April 13, 2013

Dr. Rebbeca Sommer, I am sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I worked for many years in Michigan National Bank and I knew Dr. Sommer for many years as a caring soul. May God be with you in your time for sorrow.

Tom Krause

April 12, 2013

So very sorry for your loss.

Mark Crail

April 12, 2013

Dr. Sommer was my childhood dentist. Even after 40 plus years, I still remember riding the elevator up to the 4th floor of the old Michigan National Bank building to visit Dr. Sommer. He was always so gentle and kind and I will never forget the treasure chest. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

April 12, 2013

Dr. Sommer was my first dentist also. He was a wonderful person. I will always remember how kind and patience he was.

George Healy

April 11, 2013

Dr. Sommer was my childhood dentist too, and what a wonderful, kind-hearted man he was. Long after I had left Battle Creek, I encountered dentists who often remarked on the quality of the work Dr. Sommer had done years before. Not many people have fond memories of their trips to the dentist, but I sure do. He was the best.

Annette Carter

April 11, 2013

I had Dr. Sommer for my dentist; when I was a child. I can still remember the office in the bank building. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. God Bless.

April 11, 2013

Dr. Sommer was my first dentist, as a child I too was scared but he made it not so scarey and afterwards got to pick a prize from his treasure chest. I now go to his Daughter, Dr. Rebecca Sommer and am treated exactly as I was when a child (except for the prize in the treasure chest). Thank You Dr. Sommer for being my FIRST dentist

Roberta (Shaffmaster) Southerland