Paul A. Somers, age 91, of Delano, looked upon the face of his Savior for the first time Friday, April 6, 2018, as the angels carried him into His presence. Paul had been slowly leaving his earthly life over the past year due to failing health.
A Celebration Service will take place Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato.
Cards and memorials can be sent to Steve Somers, 630 Swanson Ave SE, Cokato MN 55321.
Paul was born Oct. 30, 1926, to Josie and Lou Somers, and grew up on the family farm in Webster, WI, along with his older brother, Clair, and older sister, Ruth.
He joined the Army in 1944, where he contracted rheumatic fever. After being hospitalized for nine months, he was honorably discharged. Paul was a true patriot with a tender regard for our service men and women.
Paul married the woman of his dreams, Dorothy Elizabeth Somers, May 7, 1949. Upon meeting Paul, Dorothy thought he might be a bit of rascal as he wore blue jeans and a black leather jacket! She quickly learned he was a gentlemen, and she just knew she was meant for him, and him for her.
Their children, their children’s spouses, and their grandchildren, as well as friends and family, have watched, learned from, and cherished the sacrificial, loving, and gentlemanly ways in which Paul treated his wife over nearly seven decades.
Paul and Dorothy lived in various communities of the Twin Cities in the early years of their marriage; including St. Paul, the East Side, Lino Lakes, Inver Grove Heights, and Circle Pines. During this time, Paul worked as an airplane mechanic for Northwest Airlines for 21 years.
They started their family of boys with the birth of Steven, Mark, David and Tom. They knew heartbreak early on with the death of their son, Mark, as a child, due to a mis-diagnosis.
Desiring a higher income to be able to put their boys through college, Paul gave up avionics to pursue a restaurant business franchise, Chicken Delight, on the East side of St. Paul from 1966-73.
When the franchise folded, Paul decided to go back to trade school for appliance and boiler repair. Remodeling the family cabin into a livable home in Loon Lake, WI, Paul sought to establish his own appliance repair business. Work was too sparse in the remote area to make a living.
He then got an offer from Montgomery Wards in Astoria, OR to work as their appliance repairman from 1975-82. When that store closed, they decided to move back to the Twin Cities.
Paul received a job offer from University of Wisconsin, River Falls to work as a maintenance man, and worked there for 18 years. While there, he built his own house from scratch with the help of his wife and sons.
The family lived in Norton, KS from approximately 2002 through 2008; and then moved to Delano, where Paul remained until his death.
Paul was keenly interested in politics and current affairs as pertaining to the Bible and the times. He also loved to travel, especially to the Black Hills in South Dakota.
More than anything, Paul loved his Jesus. He had given his life to Christ in the summer of 1971, during an altar call of a Billy Graham Crusade he had been watching on TV. Throughout the last year, in failing health, he grew closer in spirit and heart to his Maker.
Paul leaves behind his wife, Dorothy, children; Steven P. (Robin), David (Nora), and Thomas (Mary); grandchildren Ladona (Curt), Laura, Travis, Steven, David, Ashley and Brianna; and one great-grandchild, Ivy.
In addition to his son, Mark, he was preceded in death by his parents, Josie and Lou; sister Ruth; and brother Clair.