Donald Wayne Cummings, age 80, of Faribault, passed away on Monday Feb.15, 2010 at Faribault Commons.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10:00 am at Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church in Faribault, with the Rev. David Brown officiating. Interment with military rites provided by the Rice County Central Veterans will be held at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Donald Wayne, the only child of Thurber Bierman and Olive Rhetta (Gates) Cummings, was born on the 9th of July 1929 in Fargo, ND. He graduated from St. Paul Central High School in 1947 and then attended 3 years at Macalester College, St. Paul, taking classes in business administration. The Korean Conflict interrupted his college education when he was drafted into the Army on Jan. 19, 1950. He received 2 bronze stars while serving his country over seas and was honorably discharged Jan. 22, 1953 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. After returning home he attended business college in Iowa and received a degree in accounting. Donald married Jeanette Janiak on June 19, 1954 in St. Paul and they soon moved to Faribault in 1956 where they raised 3 children for the next 22 years. He worked as an accountant for the State of Minnesota for thirty years, was very active in collecting coins and stamps and also was a member of the American Legion until his passing.
He is survived by his 3 children, Steven Donald (and Janice) Cummings of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Sandra Jean Cummings of Faribault, Scott Alan (and Tamara) Cummings of Lakeville and seven grandchildren, Tiffany (and Dave) Metcalf, Tony Cummings, Bryce (and Holly) Cummings, Joshua (and Joni) Cummings, Timothy Cummings, Megan Cummings and Kristeen Cummings; and Jeanette Markman, the mother of his children.
His parents preceded him in death.
Minnesota Trips will never be the same:( I can remember going to Grandpa's Place by the Golf course and him sitting in that chair and watching that tv of his and His belcony with that thing that twirled in the wind... You will always be missed Grandpa..
I remember waiting on Don many times at Norwest/Wells Fargo Bank. I was a banker their for 19 years and will always remember your Dad as a very soft spoken, gentle man. You have my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Audrey Tobin
Good Bye Dad. I will miss our cribbage games. I hope you found Grandma & Grandpa up there to keep you company. I Love You!
I am Jeanette's sister. I was very upset with Don when he took my big sister away. She was a very important part of my childhood. I finally accepted Don as part of the family and went to visit Don & Jeanette many times during summer vacations. I even got to go on vacation with them to Crystal Caves. I, too, am grateful for the three wonderful nieces and nephews. Sandy made a very pretty flower girl at my wedding and Don was a groomsman.
I am thankful to Don for my three wonderful children and seven grandchildren and a great grandson any day now.
I was sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked in the business office at the Faribault State Hospital when Don was working there. I didn't realize he was still in Faribault. You the family have my deepest sympathy.
Donald was an 11th generation descendent of Isaac Cummings who came to the United State in 1635 and settled in Massachusetts. Isaac's family was from Scotland by way of England and dad had bright red hair in his youth. His nickname in the military was "Red". On his mothers side was the famous Gates family. Dad was an 11th generation descendent of Stephen Gates who immigrated from England in 1638 and settled in Massachusetts. Donald had both royal blood and royal service in is family. John "The Red" Comyns (now spelled Cummings) of Scotland was the leading candidate for the Scottish Crown until his death in 1306. John was descendent from Donald Bane 20th King of Scots on his fathers side and David 24th King of Scots on his mothers side. Sir John Gates was gentleman of the bedchamber to King Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) and was remembered in the will of the King. He then became Master of the Horse for King Edward VI of England (1547-1553). We will all miss you dad.