Donald “Don”-“Doc” Schommer died on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at his home in Sedgwick. Don was born on May 18, 1938, in Great Bend to Mathias John and Alice Sarah (Klee) Schommer. Don was married and lived with his wife, Virginia “Kay” (Allison) Schommer until his death.
Don was a very athletic man; playing varied sports and an avid fan of Notre Dame. He worked forty nine years in the X-Ray Tech Department where he was the Chief X-Ray Technician for many years. At work he was called “Doc” and known for his humble, thoughtful manner and great sense of humor. He deeply loved and admired his grandchildren and attended their events to support and love them.
He is survived by his wife: Virginia Kay Schommer; children: Michael J. Schommer and Tammy Swift; Dawn and Chris Wedel, Patti Tunnell; brother: Matt Schommer; sister: Mary Kathleen Polzin and grandchildren: Stephanie Swift, Tyler Wedel, Caitlyn Wedel, Jacey Wedel, Connor Schommer: numerous nieces and nephews and grand dogs: Otis and Milo.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Mathias and Alice Sarah Schommer; sister, Rita Schommer Jackson; half-sisters: Anna Marie Hitz and Gertrude Zimmerman; brothers: James, Ronald, Charles and John Walter Schommer; and a newborn child: Mary Frances Schommer.
The Mass of the Resurrection was on Tuesday, April 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newton. A visitation/Rosary was on Monday, April 18, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.
A memorial has been established for St. Mary’s Catholic School, 106 E. Eighth St., Newton, KS 67114.