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Joe Cummings

October 30, 1937 September 28, 2011
Joe Cummings
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Obituary for Joe Cummings

Worthington, MN

     Joe Cummings, 73, was born on October 30, 1937, in Mayetta, KS, the son of William Patrick Cummings and Mirva Elvina Morris. He graduated from Winchester High in 1956. Joe served in the United States Army from 1956-1960 where he spent 18 months in the Korean Conflict along the DMZ. He returned in the fall of 1958. Joe was united in marriage to Dorothy Lea Schroer on July 25, 1959. He started his mechanic career in the summer of 1960 which continued into the fall of 1991 when he semi-retired due to health. Joe moved to Worthington, MN in 1968, where he worked for Scholtes Motors for 16 years. He then moved the family to Minnesota in 1969. In 1982, he decided to open his own business, Exhaust Pros. He opened a second Exhaust Pros in the late 80’s in Marshall, MN. Joe turned the business over to his sons in 1991 after his first heart attack. He continued to guide his sons in the work that he loved.
     Joe wore many hats throughout his life. He was a mechanic, carpenter, welder, handyman, woodsman, quilter, husband, dad, & grandpa. Joe loved working with wood. He loved it so much he purchased a small sawmill and started sawing his own wood. Joe was doing this up until his last day. Joe died on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at his residence in Worthington. He will be missed by all family and friends.
     Joe is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lea Cummings of Worthington, MN; six children, Thomas Anthony Cummings (Dana) of Fort Worth, TX, Ernest Miles Cummings of Madison, KS, Tracy Eugene Cummings of Rushmore, MN, Jamie Ann (Robert) Kappes of Kerkhoven, MN, Marie Elnora (Jim) Hanson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Christopher William (Michelle) Cummings, of Worthington, MN; eighteen grandchildren; one great granddaughter; brothers, Patrick (BJ) Cummings, Lawrence Cummings, Michael (Hannelore) Cummings, William (Lee) Cummings, Paul (Jeanie) Cummings, Steven (Wanda) Cummings, and sisters, Barbara (Jon) Zandhuis, Anne (Ron) VanBlaricon, and Marilyn Heimos.
     Joe was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David Cummings and Kenneth Cummings.
     Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father Jim Callahan officiating and Deacon Vern Behrends assisting. Burial, with military honors, will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a rosary service at 4:30 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.

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