Obituary for Richard P. Cummings

Posted on February 27, 2021

Funeral services for Richard “Dick” P. Cummings will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at The Price-McElroy Funeral Home in Mt. Victory, with John Watkins, Sr., Minister, officiating. A graveside committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. at Claibourne Cemetery in Richwood following the funeral.  Friends and family may visit from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, March 1, 2021 at the funeral home. Masks will be required and Covid-19 protocols should be followed at all services. 

He died on February 24, 2021 at the Marion General Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born at home in Logan County, near DeGraff, Ohio, on March 12, 1933, to the late Clarence and Opal Bell (Kaylor) Cummings. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Marlene (Somers) Cummings. He had 10 brothers & sisters who knew him as “Rich.” Surviving are Shirley Kidd of Yuma, Arizona, and St. George, Utah, and Rody (Jonell) Cummings, of Blackfoot, Idaho, children Herschel (Phyllis) Cummings of Lima, Christy (Stuart) Gray of Richwood, Rhonda (Bill) Butterfield of Kenton, grandchildren Scott (Kylie) Cummings, Rowena (Brian) Koby, Spoke (Angela) Buroker, Eric (Ronna) Buroker, Rochelle (John) Wroten, Tyler (Holly) Gray, Amie Gray, Bryant Piper, Jaymie (Nate) Rodenberger, Jordin (Ryan) Hayes, Jaycie (Shawn) Schrader, Ethan (Devon) Butterfield, Zach (Christina) Butterfield, Alex Butterfield and Seth (Sydney) Butterfield, greatgrandchildren McKenna and Jace Cummings, Wesley and Brayden Koby, Emmalynn and Eli Gray, Logan, Elliot, Oliver, Cade, Hadley and Isla Butterfield, Caibrae Fowler, Zak Cochran, Aizlyn and Deakon Rodenberger, Sawyer Schrader, Keshia Coogan, Kylie Buroker, Emsley and Daxton Buroker, and great-greatgrandchildren Mackenzie, Landyn, Layne and Zakariah. Dick was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine (Cox) Cummings, daughter and son-in-law Elane & Rowe Buroker, son Mark Cummings, and siblings Lawrence Cummings, Herschel Cummings, Louis Cummings, Clifford Cummings, Evelyn (Cummings) Skidmore, Eileen (Cummings) Smith, and Virginia (Cummings-Craig) Quay. 

He was an experienced carpenter whose career spanned 40+ years, and he belonged to The Carpenters Union, Local 200. His career started with Harris & Jolliff Lumber Co. in Byhalia, Ohio, and he mentioned that, during that time, he built the first pole barn in this area. Dick was known in the community by his cowboy hat and big heart, often handing out $5 bills to his grandkids and great-grandkids. He deeply loved his family and friends.

Dick loved to travel out west to see his family. You sometimes weren’t sure what he would say next, but he loved life and having fun. He enjoyed collecting old cars and attending car shows. He never missed a local fair and enjoyed all the “fair food.” He belonged to The Rushsylvania Church of Christ, and generously supported several charities in the community. He will be missed by good friends Lowell Brown, of near Mt. Victory, and Rodney Britton of Mt. Victory. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Rushsylvania Church of Christ. Online condolences may be expressed at

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