Dale F. Cummings, 86
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Dale F. Cummings, 86, passed away at 9:40 pm on Thursday, May 29 in King of Prussia, PA with family at his side. Dale was born on Feb. 5, 1928 to the late Edward and Crystal (Crumbaugh) Cummings of Boswell, Indiana. Dale grew up on a farm and attended Oxford High School, graduating in 1946. Upon graduation, Dale enlisted in the United States Navy and served two years as a radar technician and fireman apprentice, traveling the world and seeing exotic ports. Upon his honorary discharge, Dale attended Fort Wayne Business College and Purdue University. Dale was married to Betty Martin on March 4, 1951 and they later divorced. In 1961 he married Lois Lisko whom preceded him in death in 1986. In 1990, Dale married Jacqueline Westall of MT. Vernon, IL, who survives him. After owning a pizza business and owning a franchise of Home Juice, Dale became a counselor in alcohol and drug abuse at Wabash Valley Hospital. From there he co-founded New Directions Inc., an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility for men in Romney, Indiana, where he served as Director from 1973 - 1984. From there, Dale was an administrator of Wabash Addiction care Center in Wabash, Indiana and also worked in marketing for Koala Center for Older Adult Program in Lebanon, Indiana. In 1989, he became Executive Director of Life House in Lafayette Indiana, an 18 bed residential treatment facility estimated to have admitted nearly 2000 in the four years he held the position. Dale worked tirelessly for those trapped in addiction by lobbying to senators, congressmen, state representatives and many others in positions of influence to increase taxes on alcohol, and provide state and federal funding. His humanitarian efforts gained him recognition in 1992, receiving the prestigious Bronze Keystone Award presented to him by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
Dale is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Westall of 24 years, recently taking residence with her daughter's family in King of Prussia, PA, by sister, Joan Wolfe and her husband Robert of St. Albans, VT, brother Larry of Placentia, CA, step-son Rob Westall and wife Kim, of Atlanta, GA, step- daughter Julie Kupecky and husband Roman, from King of Prussia, PA, step-son Brian Westall and fiancé Cheryl Kruekeberg, of Tampa FL, Lisa Westall of Lafayette, IN (previously married to Brian), four grandsons, Kyle Kupecky and wife Kelsey, Heath Kupecky and wife Madeline, Trevor Kupecky and Blaire Westall. Dale was preceded in death by brothers Wayne, George and Robert, and a sister, Mildred.
Dale was a fervent Purdue University sports fan and with two brothers' graduates of the rival, Indiana University, where trash talk was common. He was a devoted husband, a loving brother and step-father, and an enthusiastic grandfather. He will be known as a friend to many, from street people to the Indiana Congressmen, Senators, and the Presidents of Notre Dame and Purdue University.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Simplicity Funeral Care in Lafayette with visitation with family beginning at 1:15. Simplicity Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.simplicity-funeralcare.com
Simplicity Funeral Care
1608 Schuyler Avenue Lafayette, IN 47904
Published in the Journal & Courier on June 8, 2014