WILLIAM CUMMINGS

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CUMMINGS Col. WILLIAM D. CUMMINGS USAF (Ret.) With deep sadness, the family of Colonel William D. Cummings announces his passing on July 10, 2018. Colonel Cummings was born in Peru, Indiana to William E. Cummings, a naval aviator, and Jane Claire Cummings. Upon graduation from East Carolina University, he was commissioned into the USAF, earning his wings at Vance AFB. He served in Vietnam as a command pilot of an AC-130A "Spectre" gunship, flying 118 missions. Later assignments included Commander of the 375th Transportation Squadron, vice commander of the 322nd Airlift Division and commander of the 608th Airlift Group in Ramstein, Germany and two tours at the Pentagon. A highly decorated officer, Colonel Cummings flew over 3000 hours in the C-130. His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. After a 30-year Air Force career, Colonel Cummings worked for SAIC from 1997 until 2012. Since his retirement, he remained active in his neighborhood's HOA, serving as President for several years. He was married to the former Susan Shelton, and last December they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children John (Megan), Jessica (Matt), and Kacy (Bobby). In addition to his children, one of his greatest sources of pride were his grandchildren Abby, Cole, James, John Martin, Emmy, and Maisie, all of whom dearly loved their "Poppy." Colonel Cummings is also survived by his brother James, and his sister Candace (Glenn), and three nephews. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. On Saturday July 14, a visitation at noon followed by a memorial service at one pm will be held at Burke United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to LUNGevity at lungevity.org or Burke United Methodist Church attn: Missions.On Saturday July 14, a visitation at noon followed by a memorial service at one pm will be held at Burke United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to LUNGevity at lungevity.org or Burke United Methodist Church attn: Missions.
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Burke United Methodist Church
6200 Burke Centre Pky
Burke, VA 22015
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Published in The Washington Post from July 12 to July 14, 2018