Francis D. Sommer, 27, Overland Park, Kan., passed away Feb. 11, 2011. A 2001 graduate of Olathe East High School, Frank joined the U.S. Army in 2002 and attained the rank of Sergeant. He served with the 10th Mountain Division in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He completed his service in 2007 and enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Johnson County Community College, where he expected to graduate this May. He worked as a chef at the Classic Cup and volunteered at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert and Heather Sommer, his sister, Erin and his brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Raina Sommer. Also sharing in this loss is a wide network of loving family, friends, and soldiers. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Francis D. Sommer Memorial Fund for Homeless Veterans, Kansas City VA Voluntary Services 135, 4801 Linwood Blvd., KCMO 64128 or in his memory to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste. 420, Rockville, MD 20850. Memorial services at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb 17, at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road, Overland Park. Committal services with military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan.

Published in The Kansas City Star February 15-17, 2011.

For the Dignity Memorial website with tributes and photos: Francis David Sommer