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Bill Cumper

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Cumper, Bill SAN DIEGO -- Nobody ever had to figure out Bill Cumper's views on life.You always knew what he thought - solicited or not. He gave unfiltered fatherly advice to young men and women in the San Diego area and also taught many of them to lay ceramic tile and earn a living for their family. His ceramic tile craftsmanship can be viewed in many high rise buildings in downtown San Diego. Bill's birth on Nov. 29, 1934 and the first years of his life were spent in Camdenton, MO. He joined the Marines during the Korean War and served his country alongside other brave men in a Recon Unit. In the evenings Bill could always be found in his garage where anyone could stop by and visit and then leave with a chuckle in their heart over stories he told. He once mentioned his experience of Marine boot camp as a place where "he thought he had died and gone to heaven." This outlook on his experiences along with his determination and strength were evident his entire life. It is not surprising no one realized his cancer had progressed to extreme when he passed away on Oct. 22, 2013. Bill had many friends in San Diego and some spent time with him riding the dunes in Glamis - his favorite vacation spot for over 40 years. Bill's memberships at the Kearney Mesa American Legion and the VFW warranted him many friends as well. As a sports fan Bill rooted for the Dodgers and the Raiders, however, he always wished the best to the Padres and the Chargers. Bill is survived by his wife Jane, children Gary, Mike, Scott, Katie and Willie, step-son Louie as well as 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, daughters-in-law and a multitude of people who looked-up to him as a father figure. A memorial service for Bill Cumper will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 10, 2013
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