DeKALB – Kenneth David Cummings, 48, of DeKalb, Ill., died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at home, surrounded by the love of his family. David fought the long, hard fight with cancer, while still throwing out his funny one-liners to the end, and now rides the wings of his angels.|
Born March 10, 1965, in DeKalb, David was the son of Kenneth J. Cummings and Ardith R. (Myers) Cummings, later Hanson. He attended DeKalb schools. David loved the great outdoors and going to parks with his best friends and his best dog, Payton (that's Sir Walter Payton, after his love of football, and don't forget those Cubs). David was a very intelligent, artful, helpful young man and a handyman with just about anything.
He is survived by his parents, Kenneth (Carol) Cummings, of Malta, Ill., and Ardith (David) Hanson, of DeKalb; siblings, Ron Cummings, Victoria (Tim) Shipman, Renee (Steve) Olsen, Julie Cummings and Stacie Nachman, all of DeKalb, and Tricia (Steve) Loftis, of Tennessee, David Hanson Jr., Susan (Greg) Fits and Annette (Kenneth) Monezz; many wonderful aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews, Jeremy, Alicia and Megan Burgos, Ashley (fiancé, Eric) Olsen, Grant Olsen, Travis (fiancé, Sarah) Cummings, Nicole and Mikey Rodriguez, Asylin and Nathan Nachman, and Carson, Blane and Brooklyn Loftis; great-nieces and -nephews; and of course, his dog, Payton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wallace and Grace Myers, of DeKalb, and William and Leonna Cummings, of Dubuque, Iowa; sister, T'essa Marie Cummings; aunts; uncles; and two cousins.
The family extends a big thank-you to all for helping with the fight: all his doctors, especially Dr. Memon; nurses and CNAs; the cancer center and hospice; family and friends. Wow, what a great job you did.
The memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 321 Pine St., DeKalb, with Father Kenneth Anderson celebrating. Interment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, DeKalb. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church until the service. A gathering of friends and family will follow the interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the K. David Cummings Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2013