Cletus Homer Somers, Jr.
Cletus Homer Somers Jr. peacefully passed on November 17, 2017. In 1925, he was the first born of Frances Tutwiler and Cletus Homer Somers Sr. of Culpeper, VA.
Always curious and industrious, C.H. enjoyed an assortment of hobbies including flying, motorcycling, photography, beekeeping, gardening vegetables and flowers, sailing, and wood working. He could fix almost anything using his electrical skills learned in the Navy and mechanical aptitude. C.H. was a man of few words, but his humorous wit and gentle nature were appreciated by all.
As a young man he delivered telegrams in Washington DC before joining the Navy to serve in World War II at age 17. He served in the Philippines on a PT supply ship, supported operation Red Wing, and served stateside during the Korean War. He also worked at Sperry Rand in Charlottesville, owned an electrical business, and worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center.
He was married to Vivian Gore for 63 years until her passing. They raised three children: Rex, deceased in 1999, Deborah Finger of Hickory, NC, and Cynthia Popernack of Yorktown, VA. As parents they prioritized college educations by supporting degrees in chemistry, nursing, and industrial engineering earned by their children.
C.H. and Vivian welcomed Charles Finger and Thomas Popernack as son-in-Iaws. In their retirement years they lived in Yorktown, VA with a daily presence in the lives of their granddaughters, Allison and Meredith Popernack. He is additionally survived by brother Robert Somers, aunt Josephine Settle, and special family members, John and Judy Gore.
Three cheers for a jolly good fellow who is missed.