VAN WERT, Ohio — Alfred “Al” Vandersommen, 93, completed his life’s journey on Aug. 30, 2017, at 6:18 a.m. at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center, supported by family.
Al was born on Aug. 22, 1924, in Barton, Ohio. He was the son of the late John and Nellie (Worrell) Vandersommen. On July 20, 1947, he married Dorothy M. Schriner who preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2003.
Mr. Vandersommen served his country with pride as 1st Sgt., US Army Medical Division from 1943-1946. He retired from the J.C. Penney Co., after 42 years of dedicated service, working his way up from stock boy to management. His dedication and phenomenal work ethics were passed on to his three daughters by example.
Al was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, in Van Wert, and various other churches in cities in Ohio and Michigan. He served his churches in membership, by being a deacon, elder and trustee. He served his community as a member of American Legion Post 1078, volunteered for the American Red Cross at Van Wert County Hospital, the Gideons, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Kiwanis. He also enjoyed his membership at the YMCA and Silver Sneakers. He loved the Van Wert community and winters in Florida, valuing many friendships made along the way and family times together.
He is survived by three daughters, loved and cherished by their parents, Karen (Wayne) Dixon of Ruskin, Florida, Cherie Conrad and Carol (Randy) Springer of Van Wert. Extended family include Ed Hammond, Chris Rafalski, Carl Rogers, Hal Shafer, Vickie Foster, and Jackie Temple who all made him feel very special and loved.
Surviving grandchildren are Sue (Eric) Alvarez-Stairhime, Michelle Waggoner, Christy (Mike) Wortman, Nathan Conrad, Stephanie Conrad (Chris Rafalski), Niki (Barry) Taraczkozy and family, Kit (Scott) Henson and family, Tina Muncy and family, Scott (Jill) Springer, Brandon (Jess) Springer.
Great-grandchildren include Alyssa (Eric) Putman, Jacob Wortman, Elijah Wortman, Carley Springer, Devann Springer, Grace Springer, Julia Springer, Taylor Springer, Gage Springer, Gavin Scholton, Savannah Springer, Kolton Springer, Noah Waggoner, Nic (Alyssa) Alvarez and family, Jordon Alvarez, and Logan Alvarez.
Great-great-grandchildren are Easton, Addison and Maddon Putman.
Also surviving are a sister, Doris Renz of Bradenton, Florida; a niece, Debby (Sam) Mining of Texas, and a nephew, Gary Renz of Florida.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Waggoner in 1966, and a grandson, Brent Waggoner in 2016.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert with the Rev. Hal Shafer officiating. Private burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Calling hours are from 11 a.m. – noon at the church prior to the service in the main entry foyer of the church.
Preferred memorials are to the First Presbyterian Church, Gideons, or Van Wert CHP Hospice.
Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.