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Russel E. Somers, 74

Russel E. Somers, 74 years, passed away on June 21, 2014 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo., with his family by his side.
Russel was born Oct. 23, 1939 in Hyndsville, N.Y., to Earl Homer and Hannah Mary (Gillett) Somers.
He was a resident of the Ava community since 1997 moving from Cobleskill, N.Y.
On Jan. 2, 1960, Russel and Lillian Puckett were united in marriage in Castleton, N.Y., and to this union four children were born.
Russel is survived by four children, Mark Somers and Lory Miers, Warnerville, N.Y., Melissa West, Ava, Rodney and Maria Somers, Chesapeake, Va., and Jessica Somers, Ava, Mo.; six grandchildren; five sisters; four brothers; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial service for Russel was Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m. at Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, with full military honors by Troy Herd American Legion Post 112.  Officiating was the Rev. Freeda Holt. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral