It’s my sad duty to inform you that MAJ (R) Timothy Arthur "Tim" Vandersommen, 61, of Chesnee, South Carolina passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Mary Black Hospital.
He was an Eagle Scout, a retired Army Special Forces officer and an Airborne Ranger with staff and command experience. MAJ Vandersommen led specialized units conducting military, intelligence, and counterterrorism missions. After retirement from the Army, Tim continued to serve his country in various aspects with the Department of Defense as a Special Mission Unit Instructor, Evaluator, and Role Player for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC); a Special Operations G-3 Advisor and Trainer in Afghanistan; the Director of the Khost Provinical Stabilization in Afghanistan; a Team Leader for the Human Terrain System, Multi National Division-Baghdad; and the Deputy Program Manager and Instructor for the Iraq Assistance Group’s Phoenix Academy at Camp Taji, Iraq.
He was the husband of Joyce Murphy Vandersommen; a native of Elyria and a son of Annette Krueck Vandersommen and the late Anthony Vandersommen. He spent his life devoted to God, his family and his country. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Spartanburg.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Collin Vandersommen of Arizona and a daughter, Victoria Vandersommen of Alaska; brothers, Martin Vandersommen of Homosassa, Florida and Roger Vandersommen of Elyria; sister, Patricia Huddleston of Cleveland.
Tim was preceded in death by a son, Ryan Vandersommen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Fisher House Foundation, www.fisherhouse.org E-Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eggersfuneralhome.com.