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James Curtis Cummings, age 89, ascended to heaven on April 5, 2016. He was born to Guy Nevis and Frieda Louise Caroline Cummings on September 7, 1926. Jim was the middle of three brothers, Jack and Guy. He was a 1944 graduate of Washington High School. While in in high school he also attended Herron School of Art. He joined the Army in 1945 and was a code machine mechanic and sharp shooter. His job in the Army took him all over the world in the Korean War.

After his honorable discharge, he began studying electrical engineering at Purdue University. He started working at Rock Island Refinery in 1953 as a draftsman and retired in 1984 as Chief Plant Engineer.

After retirement, he did private consulting work. Jim was quite the handyman his entire life. He enjoyed projects large and small around the house and in the garden. Jim was a 68 year member of the Charles F. Frank Masonic Lodge #760, a member of the Murat Shrine Temple, a lifetime member and past commander of the American Legion Post #497.

Most of all, Jim loved his family. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Shirley Hancock Cummings, four daughters, Linda S. Cummings, Sherry L. Slaughter, Kimberly (Steven) Estep and Janna (Ron) Drobny. In addition, he is also survived by his step children, Dana (Steve) Bola, Greg (Janet) Brune, Carol Bates, Brad (Deane) Bates and Jeff (Debbie) Bates. He was a wonderful grandfather to 14 grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm with Masonic Rites at 7 pm, Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Zionsville Christian Church, 120 N. 9th St. A funeral service with military honors will be 12 Noon, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the church with visitation from 11:30 until service time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.
Published on April 8, 2016
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