Paul J. Sommar, 97

Paul Sommar, 97, of Melcher-Dallas, passed away at Knoxville Area Community Hospital on Apr. 14, 2020. A private family service was held Saturday, Apr. 18. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Melcher-Dallas.

Paul was born July 25, 1922, to Edward and Elizabeth (Ripperger) Sommar at the family farm east of Bauer. He was united in marriage to Mary Bucklew on June 15, 1949. They were blessed with three children: Kathy, Carol, and Joey.

Paul farmed, worked with his father-in-law, and managed the Phillips 66 Station before retiring. He loved growing things in his garden, talking with everyone he came in contact with, and especially his family and spending every minute he could with them. He will be greatly missed.

He was survived by his wife of nearly 71 years, Mary; his daughters: Kathy Gass and Carol Shives; grandchildren: Paul (Jamie) Gass, Mark (Michelle) Gass, Jennifer (Darrell) Van Gorp, and Brian (Patricia) Shives; great-grandchildren: Kayla, Morgan, Caiden, Treylee, Emma, Isabella, Kyra, Emily, Kyle, Lukas, Owen, Drew (Danielle), Tyler (Jackie), Dillon, and Dakota; and great-great-grandchildren: Breonna, Addison, and Reagan.

Preceding Paul in death were his parents; son, Joey; three brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

Max H. Worthington, 89

Max H. Worthington, 89, died at his rural Newton home on June 20, 2020. A family-only funeral will be held at the Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton on Saturday, June 27.  A Facebook broadcast of the service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, on the Pence-Reese Funeral Home Facebook page. A drive-by visitation will take place Friday, June 26, from 5-7 p.m. at the Worthington home at 5005 East 36th Street South, Newton. Please approach from the north only. Memorial contributions may be made to Newton Christian School or the Monroe Presbyterian Church.

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