Joseph R. Somers

FULTON, NY – Joseph R. Somers, 88; of Fulton  passed away peacefully on Sunday  December 22, 2019, at Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation Nursing, Syracuse.
Joseph R. Somers

He was born in Fulton to the late Leonard and Clara (Mustard) Somers.

Joe remained a lifetime resident of Fulton.
He was a United States veteran having served in the Army during the Korean War, and Vietnam War.
Joe additionally served in Cuba and Germany before retiring after 22+ years of service from 1952 to 1974.
He was a past commander and honor guard member with the Fulton VFW Post #569.
He worked for Nestles, Fulton; Miller Brewery, Volney; and Menter Ambulance Service as an EMT-3, and hearse driver for more than 30 years.
Joe was a hard worker, good provider, active community member, and family man.
He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Betty J. Somers, in 2018.
Joe is survived by their children, Donald Somers of Cicero, Joni (Chris) Locke of Marietta, William Somers of Fulton, Pamela (Michael) Puterbaugh of Fulton, Richard Somers of Aberdeen, NC; and Joseph Somers of Cicero;   grandchildren: Desirae, Jared, Zoie, Kellan; and great-grandchildren: Alex, James, Ella; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, December 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Funeral Home Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.
Burial with a graveside service and military honors will be held in the Spring at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Volney.


  1. Only time I was in an ambulance was with you. It was a three ring circus from start to finish. You made me smile ear to ear, and laugh. And I had my beautiful second daughter that morning. I left my new winter coat in the ambulance but you made sure I got it back. For the last 34 years I tell the story of her birth. You Sir have been it every time. Thank You for your kindness, laughter, and service to our country. God Bless.

  2. My condolences to Joe’s family. We worked together at Menter’s Ambulance back in the 70’s and early 80’s. He was a great guy. He was working for Menter’s and present at both my mother’s and father’s funeral. May your memories bring you comfort in your time of loss.

  3. I worked with while working at the FFD ..he was always a pleasant man who smiled a lot and always stayed calm ..he will be missed

  4. I met joe about two years ago. He was a sweet guy with a laugh that always made me laugh. I am in health care too, and he shared stories with me that always surprised me. What a rich life he led. It was wonderful to be part of his life even for a short time. He was an interesting guy with heaps of charm. My condolences to the family. “Our blue eyes” will be missed.

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