Kenneth Clark Cummings
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March 28, 1926
Ken Cummings , a long-time resident of Reno, NV, passed away on July 18, 2013, after an extended illness . Ken was born on March 28, 1926 in Southwest City, Missouri. After the family resettled in California, he attended Bakersfield High School and married Grace P. Shoemake in 1943. In WW II, he served in the 3rd Army, 5th Infantry Division , under General Patton in France and Germany until wounds brought him home to recover. He received two Purple Hearts and was awarded several combat ribbons (two with bronze stars). Upon recovery, he was under orders to prepare for the invasion of Japan when the war ended.
Returning to civilian life in Bakersfield, California, Ken and Grace had two children, Ken, Jr (Rosemary) and Andrea (John), while creating successful general construction and real estate companies. Ken also has a daughter, Crystalle, from a previous marriage and in 2003, married Jacqueline Davis.
It was during these early years that he began his life-long association with and passion for the Masonic Order. He was Past Master of Meudell Lodge 695, Bakersfield, CA, in 1954, and upon relocating to the Reno/Sparks area, Past Master of Ben Franklin Lodge 45 in 1991. He held the position of treasurer through 2008.
In the 1960s, his business interests expanded to Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada .
Many Cummings Construction, Inc. structures (homes, hotel and building facades) can be seen in Reno and Sparks. Ken's foresight in community planning conceived and motivated the Victorian Square project, which had greatly stimulated economic development and job creation in Sparks and surrounding communities between 1989 and 1998.
Many in California , Nevada and especially in the greater Reno region will remember Ken Cummings as an honest, creative, hardworking man, generous with his time, resources, advice, a ready smile and good word. He is survived by three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, business associates and community. As one of the grandchildren said, "We knew we were loved".
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Gentiva Hospice for their loving care and compassion. In lieu of flowers donations may be made, in loving memory of Ken, to the Shriner's Hospital for Children Kerak Temple 4935, Energy Way, Reno, NV, 89502-attention: Recorder, Howard Elsfelder.
Visitation will be held July 23, 2013, at the Final Wishes Funeral Home from 9 to 11am, 437 Stoker Ave, Reno, NV. At 12 noon, a Masonic and Christian Memorial Service will be held at Sierra Bible Church, 3195 Everett Dr, Reno, with fellowship following. Interment will be at the Masonic Memorial Gardens , Mountain View Cemetery.
Final Wishes Funeral Home
437 Stoker Ave
Reno, NV 89503
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 23, 2013