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EL DORADO TIMES, 21 May 2000
Alfred Paul "Bill" Sommers, 98, of El Dorado, died Saturday, Private services will be held. Cremation has preceded the services.

Sommers was born March 26, 1902 in Canton, the son of William Carl and Bertha (Mattus) Sommers. He was a graduate of Canton High School. He was united in marriage to Ivy Clareen on June 26, 1933 in Lindsborg. She preceded him in death.

He was a retired telegrapher/agent for the Atchison/Topeka/Santa Fe Railroad Company. He started his long career with the railroad in Augusta in 1919. He worked in Salina, as well a working many years in Florence. He moved to the El Dorado area in 1996 from Salina. 

During his earlier years his real passion was for fishing. Through his love of he sport, he was able to meet Harold Ensley, and appeared on one of his Canadian fishing shows. Later on, he developed a love for stamp collecting. Several of his friends would meet in Lindsborg and share their love of stamps. He was a member of the Shriners of Salina, where he was awarded the Knights Commander Court of Honor, and the Scottish Rite.

He is survived by: grandson, Brad Sommers of Kansas City, Mo.; granddaughter, Sonja (Sommers) Milbourn of El Dorado; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Brookes, and Molly Milbourn, all of El Dorado; and nephew, Wilbur Johnson of Wichita. He was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Paul Sommers; two brothers and two sisters.

A memorial has been established with the Shriner's Childrens' Hospital Burn Center. Contributions may be left with Kirby-Morris Funeral Home, which is in
charge of the arrangements.
Transcribed and Contributed by Jan Reading

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