Dr. William Somerville | obituary


December 29, 1950

Dr. William (Bill) W. Somerville was born on December 29, 1950, to John Somerville and Ann Wood (both deceased) in Maysville, Kentucky.
He graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Indiana in 1969, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1973. Bill went on to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 1979. He practiced veterinary medicine for 37 years, 33 of which he owned his own veterinary practice which he built from scratch.
In 1973 Bill married his high school sweetheart and best friend Elaine Skorich Somerville where they resided in Clinton, Indiana for nearly 40 years. During this time, he was chairman of the Vermillion County Board of Health and an active member of the Vermillion Trails Alliance. He served on several other committees and boards over the years that benefited his community and were very important to him. He also served on the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) Board of Directors representing the 7th District. Bill served as IVMA President in 2007. Previously, he served as IVMA Vice President and IVMA President-elect.
Since 2008, he was an active board member and chairman of the Indiana Animal Health Foundation, until recently. He was selected as the IVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2010. Bill also served on the Indiana Board of Veterinarians for many years.
Family was the most important thing to him. Since retiring, he has spent most of his time between his son and daughter, spending quality time with all of his grandchildren.
He was a very active “Dedad”, as his grandchildren called him. He could be found chasing after his granddaughters on the way to the park, doing “Dedad Days” on the river, or riding a bike with his grandsons.
He was an avid biker and golfer. He enjoyed swimming, spending time in his boat on the river, doing projects around the house, reading, grilling outside, traveling and spending time with his dog, Jake.
Bill was predeceased by his brothers Mike Somerville and Billy Dickerson. Bill is survived by his wife, Elaine Somerville; son, Brian Somerville (Molly) of Burns, TN; daughter, Dr. Jennifer Bergstrom (Sean) of Bethesda, MD; brothers, Jim Somerville (Janice), Bob Dickerson (Christy); sister, Carol Fravell (Chuck); sister-in-law, Mary Helen Weisheit (Doug); brother-in-law, Paul Skorich; grandchildren: Will, Miles and Dean Somerville and Grace, Madeline and Emma Bergstrom; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Donations in his memory can be sent to:
Indiana Animal Health Foundation, 1202 E. 38th Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Vermillion Trails Alliance, 703 West Park Street, Cayuga, IN 47928
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine at vet.purdue.edu and click on the “Leave Your Print” link to donate or any other charity of your choice.

Published on February 24, 2022


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