Sonny married Avis Ruth Gray on November 11, 1938 and they were blessed with six children. He retired from the Texas Highway Department in 1981 after 41 years. Sonny was a 30-year veteran of the Karnes City Volunteer Fire Department serving as Deputy Chief for 17 years, secretary and president. He served on the Karnes City Park Board, the board of directors of the Karnes City Hospital Association and was a charter member of the Karnes City Aquatic Club. Sonny was a member of the VFW and the Karnes City Badger Booster Club and was selected “Citizen of the Year” in 1965. In 1975, Sonny was inducted into the South Central Texas Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a member of the Saint Cornelius Catholic Church in 1939 and served as usher for more than 50 years. Sonny was a strong supporter of Karnes City ISD sports programs, youth activities and community projects. He was the official timer and score keeper at the Badger Football games for 40 years, served as Scout Master of the Boy Scouts and was instrumental in starting the Little League Program in Karnes City.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Avis Ruth Gray Sommer; his children, Jack Sommer and wife Laurel of San Antonio; Helen Whitten of Karnes City; Kit Sommer and wife Marjorie of San Antonio; Elaine Smith and husband Duane of Dallas, Mary Ruth Perry and husband Brent of Terrell, Don Sommer and wife Sherry of Karnes City; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; his brother, Louis Howard Sommer and wife Betty of Waco; and a very special care-giver, Sara Rodriguez Soliz.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles F. Sommer and a son-in-law, James Whitten.
Sonny was a very patriotic man who loved his God, family, country and community. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.