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Edward Cummings

October 19, 1933 — December 26, 2020

Edward (Jack) Dunn Cummings passed peacefully at home on December 26, 2020, due to complications of kidney failure. He was COVID negative. Ed (Jack) was born at home in Jackson Township, Randolph County on October 19, 1933, to Edward and Mary (Dunn) Cummings of Saratoga.


Edward graduated from Jackson Indiana High School in 1951 where he played basketball and baseball.  Both teams went to state finals.  He married Elsie Ilene (Rhoades) on June 28, 1953, and they raised five children.  He worked as a farmer, welder, delivered step vans, and as an over-the-road truck driver.  He served in the U.S. Army in the artillery division from 1954-1956 in El Paso,Texas, and Camp Stewart, Georgia.  


Edward attended ClearCreek Congregational Christian Church.  He also was a member of the American Legion.  He served 10 years as a volunteer fireman in Ward Township.  He enjoyed socializing over coffee at the American Legion in Ridgeville.  His extensive knowledge of history and travel made conversation easy with each and every one.  He enjoyed family and watching the grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the many activities in which they were involved.  Jack and Ilene traveled coast to coast, as well as to countries in Europe, Africa, and South America.  


He is survived by his wife, Ilene, of Saratoga, and children as follows:  Alan and Becky Cummings of Union City; Susan and Gary Peterson of Farmland; Linda and Bob Sprunger of Union City; Karen and Ron Bailey of Union City; and Sherry and Grayson Cox of Winchester.  The grandchildren are: Jack (Ashley) Cummings of Anaheim, California; Trent (Robin) Peterson of Winchester; Kelsey (J) Harris of Yulee, Florida; Jenelle (Glen) LeMonds of Toutle, Washington; Deborah (Matt) Collins of Union City; Ronda (Rusty) Oliver of Union City; Sarah Cox of Fishers; Grant (Sami) Cox of Lynn; Gavin Cox of State College, Pennsylvania; and Stacy Cox of Winchester. The great-grandchildren are: Olivia Shawver of Winchester; Kyan and Kaveri Harris of Yulee, Florida; Elizabeth and Cole LeMonds of Toutle, Washington; Miranda, Alexander and Katelyn Collins of Union City; and Elsie and Kipton Oliver of Union City.  


A service to celebrate Ed’s life will be at 3:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Reichard’s Funeral Home in Union City, with Pastor Tom Sells officiating. The burial will follow at Lisbon Cemetery.  Friends and family may call from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Thursday, prior to the service. Due to CDC requirements, masks will be required.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ward Township Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reichardfh.com


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