Paul C. Cummings, 85, died at 4:25 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009, at Otterbein Retirement Community, Cridersville.
He was born May 3, 1924, in Wayne Township, Auglaize County, to Albert O. and Mollie Lane Cummings, who preceded him in death. On April 5, 1947, in Lima, he married Dorothy Bassett, of Spencerville, and she survives in Lima.
Mr. Cummings was a member of Lima Baptist Temple and its Master Builders Sunday school class. He had been a farmer and had owned and operated Cummings Insurance service, Waynesfield. He retired in 1989 as a dispatcher from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office. He was a 1942 graduate of Waynesfield High School. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a technical sergeant in the Pacific Theatre. He was involved in combat in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. While in the Marine Corps, he attended Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275, Lima, and a 48-year member of American Legion Post 395, Waynesfield. He was a member of the Lima Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Ohio Troopers Coalition. He enjoyed golfing, reading and music.
Survivors also include three sons, Greg (Penny) Cummings, of Wapakoneta, Mark (Patty) Cummings, of Harriman, Tenn., and Mikel (Dana) Cummings, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a daughter, Jill (Greg) Winegardner, of Albuquerque, N.M.; 10 grandchildren, Sarah, Amy, Sam, Matthew, Dustin, Travis, Ashli, Grant, Ashlee and Brent; eight great-grandchildren, Kylie, Abby, Benton, Maren, Mason, Adair, Harper and Reid; and a sister-in-law, Beatrice Cummings, of Cridersville.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Albert, Walter, Launis, Rody and Gordon; and two sisters, Blanche Vermillion and Ethel Cummings.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Armentrout Funeral Home, Waynesfield. Pastors Dan Wigton and Gary Hohman will officiate. Burial will be in Willow Branch Cemetery, Waynesfield, with military rites by VFW Post 1275.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Christian School or Lima Baptist Temple’s Master Builders Sunday school class.
Condolences may be expressed at www.armentroutfuneralhome.com.