Ralph Cummings Lent

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Lent, Ralph Cummings

Ralph Cummings Lent, a son of the late Kathleen Rines and Ralph Guthrie, died March 7, 2014 in Menden, NV.

Born in Henderson, NC the 15th of July 1926, Ralph, or Cummings as he went by, was raised in Ithaca and graduated from Ithaca High School in 1944. He was a member of the Ithaca Yacht Club and along with his father, Ralph, was an ardent Comet sailor, going on from there to enlist in the U.S. Merchant Marine training school at Sheepshead Bay, and then shipped out as fireman, oiler, and water tender and finally as chief electrician for Alcoa Steamship Company.

Cummings belong to SAE fraternity and graduated from Syracuse University in 1950 with a degree in Administrative Engineering. He worked successively for sugar plantations in Hawaii and then in Seattle for Boeing before once again serving int he U.S. Army at a station near Baltimore.

Following that service, he did engineering work for Del Monte Foods and International Foods, creating canning machines. His final work for big plants was succeeded by private development of special yeasting equipment for big stores on the West Coast plus a large alcohol plant on the Philippine Islands.

Cummings is survived by his wife, Ofelia, and ex-wife Norma, and two children, Laura and Dean, as well as his brother Peter (In Ithaca), cousin Burdett B. Lent (Alaska) and family, and aunt Dorothy Dingfelder (Chico, CA) as well as friends in Menden, NV and Taho, CA where he previously lived, as well as friends from his youth in Ithaca.

Services will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Menden.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Mar. 25, 2014
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