William Paul "Red" Cumby, 89, of Winchester, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the Scott County Nursing Center in Winchester. He was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Scott County, the son of William H. and Zelma Ambrose Cumby. He married Helen M. Rueter April 21, 1963.
Surviving is his wife, Helen of Winchester; daughter, Marcia Moore of Quincy; four grandchildren, Amy (Mike) Winters of LaGrange, Mo., Wendy Chitwood, Brandon (Shea) Cumby, Shawn Cumby; three great-grandchildren, Devyn Winters, and Logan and Luke Cumby, all of Quincy; and daughter-in-law, Peggy Cumby. He was preceded in death by one son, Edward Paul Cumby; and his parents.
Mr. Cumby graduated from Zion's Neck Country School and Alsey High School. Following high school, he was employed by Taylor Imp. Co. in Winchester. Later he worked for 37 years at Marshall's Chevrolet Company in Winchester as a salesperson. Following retirement, he worked at the Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Winchester.
He was a U.S. Marine during WWII participating in the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was a 50-year member of the Winchester American Legion. He was one of the original members starting the Scott County EMS in Winchester where he served several years.
He served on the Winchester City Council for 19 years and as Mayor for four years. He was Past Master and Secretary of the Winchester Masonic Lodge 105. Bill was also a member of the White Shrine and Easter Star. He was a 50 year member of the Woodson Lodge 1011 and White Hall Lodge 80.
Bill was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluffs where he served on the Church Council and President. Later he transferred his membership to the Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville.
Bill was a loving husband and an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Daws Family Funeral Home in Winchester, with interment at the Winchester City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 until 7 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Scott County Nursing Center or the Winchester EMS. Condolences may be left online at http://www.dawsfuneralhome.com/.
Daws Family Funeral Home, Winchester
657 North Main
Winchester, IL 62694
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Dec. 26, 2013