Clifford R. Sommerfeld, 91, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Feb. 12, 1926 in rural Canto to John and Elsie (Auernheimer) Sommerfeld.
On Aug. 8, 1970 he married Irene M. Talbott at Halstead and she preceded him in death on March 6, 2017. Clifford was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Newton,, Burrton American Legion and he retired from the former Hesston Corp.
Clifford served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany where he was with the team that liberated Dachow prison and was a Bronze Star recipient. He earned the rank of tech sergeant. He enjoyed woodworking and building furniture, which he shared with his, loved ones. Gardening and camping were activities he enjoyed with his wife. They traveled with their trailer to 48 states and Canada. His family was very important to him, and he greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.
He is survived by his son Dennis (Alice) Sommerfeld of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Sandra (Allen) Wilson of Lenexa, Kansas; step daughters: Linda (James) Bew of Tyler, Texas and Trudee (Lance) Thornhill of Halstead; brothers Arnold (Judy) and Verlon (Lillie) Sommerfeld both of Durham, Ernest (Mary) Sommerfeld of Marquette; sister Ethel Kaiser of Wichita and sister-in-law Evelyn Sommerfeld of Newton,. He is also survived by five grandchildren Allyson, Matthew, Wesley, Meagan and Erin; and five great-grandchildren: Henry, Jack, Braxton, Drake and Braydon.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister Elda Sommerfeld and one brother Milford Sommerfeld.
Funeral service was Tuesday, March 21 at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton with the Reverend Aaron Filipek, presiding. Burial was at Halstead Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.