Sharon 'Lumpy' Sommers dies unexpectedly

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | 8/11/2016

Sharon “Lumpy” Cox Sommers, 67, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 10, at her home in Mason, Ohio. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Dale “Truckin’ Bozo” Sommers, to whom she was married for 37 years.

Photo by Nikohle Barnes

Sharon Sommers accepts a presentation from OOIDA President Jim Johnston, assisted by OOIDA Life Member Jim McCarter. The award was part of OOIDA’s 40th anniversary and recognized Sharon’s late husband, radio legend and Life Member Dale “Truckin’ Bozo” Sommers.

Dale, a legendary trucking radio personality, affectionately called her “Lumpy,” saying he had lumps on his head from his wife walloping him with a skillet. She occasionally joined him on the air, and his famous on-air anecdotes about her made her a beloved part of the world of all-night trucking radio. Dale, who was a proactive OOIDA Life Member, passed away in 2012 at their Florida home. Sharon moved permanently back to Ohio.

She was born and grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Withrow High School in 1966.

Sharon had suffered some health issues including knee surgery and recurring blood clots. In June, she underwent a procedure to place a stent in her heart. She shared her medical ups and downs with her many friends on social media and was reliably cheerful. Earlier this week, she told friends she was planning her second knee surgery.

Recently, she announced she had committed to join her friends and family on a February 2017 cruise known as the “Truckers Gone Wild” sea cruise. The cruise is organized by a travel agency that Sharon owned and operated until May 2004. After she retired, the business was taken over by Dave Sommers, who has owned SS Cruises since 2011.

Sharon is survived by son Brian (and Magda) Mitchell, David (and Christy) Sommers, Kevin (and Charisse) Sommers, Jason Sommers and Sean (and Rita) Compton; and stepson Steven (and Lisa) Sommers and stepdaughter Krissie Kastle. She will be missed by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by three older sisters, Peggy Cox Phillips, Janice Cox Dobkins, and Patricia Cox Farmer. Sharon’s oldest brother, Jerry Cox, passed away last year.  

Visitation is at the Mueller Funeral Home, 6791 Tylersville Road, Mason, Ohio, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.

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