To know Ken Cummins, a life well lived, was to know a man who loved people.
Kenneth E. Cummins, devoted son, grandson, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away April 19, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center. He was born to Frances M. Cummins on July 12, 1931 in Flint, MI. He was lovingly raised by his grandparents Arthur and Blanche (Preston) Cummins in Bay City, MI.
He married his loving wife Arlene May (Mitchell) Cummins on Crane Court in Midland, MI, June 2, 1951 and she stood by his side for 65 years. He was inducted into the United States Army in February of 1952, while he was serving in the Korean War he was injured in October of 1952. He earned the Purple Heart for his injuries that he sustained.
He enjoyed cutting wood, delivering Meals On Wheels (for 17 years after his retirement), being the Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (for one year) and the Secretary Treasurer (for 13 years), fishing, and hunting. He was most proud of his twelve-point buck he shot in Harrison, MI in 1962. Sometimes he was gone longer than we thought he should be and we would have to go out searching for him. Never fear we would find him somewhere along the trails of his life making new friends. He loved his precious little dogs (Buddy and Maggie) which loved sitting with him in his recliner taking a snooze, which became more often as he got older.
He leaves to cherish his memory: His children, Sandra Cummins of Sanford, MI, Mark (Nina) Cummins of Allen, TX, and Kirk (Toni) Cummins of Arlington, TX. His grandchildren, Jonathan (Zunita) Cummins, Lisa (Brad) LeMoine, Rabecca Griffith, Christina (James) Fowler and Kristyn Schultz. His great grandchildren, Natalee and Naomi Cummins, Allison and Zachary Griffith, Brooklyn and Wyatt Schultz. His brother Raymond Cummins of Kingman, AZ. A host of nieces and nephews, along with all of the many many friends he made over this lifetime. Too numerous to name, each of you know whom you are.
Ken was preceded in death by his loving wife Arlene now to be “Together Forever”, his grandparents, mother, sisters Shirley Harlow and Norma Slaughter and his brother Tom “Butch” Kreger, along with his very loving grandson Colin B. Schultz and grandson – in – law Joseph Griffith.
Our family would like to give thanks and are proud of those brave individuals that have and are serving and defending our county.
We would like to thank those that assisted and helped with our father over the years at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center of Saginaw MI. We want to give special shout outs to Ann, Lee, Mary, Green Team (Doctor Suverna, Steve) Home Care (Darrell, Alline, Rocy, Kelly) Michelle and the ladies at the Coumadin Clinic. (Please forgive us if we have forgotten anyone of you.) Each and every one gave our father a better quality of life and he considered each one of you his lifelong friends.
To all of the staff at Seasons Adult Day Care facility, we want to thank you and let you know how tremendous you are. In the beginning Dad was hesitate to go to your facility however he enjoyed the new friends he got to spend time with and enjoyed it so much it was hard to drag him home. Thank you.
Funeral and committal services for Ken will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from Wilson MILLER Funeral Home with Chaplain Teal D. Saylor officiating. Due to Covid restrictions, there is a limit of 25 guests for the funeral and masks are required. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. You may live stream the funeral and committal services for Ken on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm by going to www.wilson-miller.com, going to Ken’s obituary and clicking the red box at the bottom. Interment will be in Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donation memorials in Ken’s name may be made out to Midland County Humane Society or may be offered to the charity of one’s choice. Personal messages of condolence may be offered at www.wilson-miller.com.
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
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