Ernest K. Cummings, 75, of Bemidji, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji with the Rev. Ken Mayberry and the Rev. Arlo Feiock officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Meadowview Cemetery in rural Solway with military honors by the VFW Post No. 1260 of Bemidji.
Pallbearers will be his six sons.
He was born Nov. 25, 1933, to John and Hattie (Youngbauer) Cummings, on the farm in Pokegama Township, Pine County, Minn. He was raised and educated in the area. He married Jean Edith Ann Walker Dec. 19, 1953, in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and was stationed in Virginia. He worked on and for the railroad and for Busch Brothers Green House until he went to school for professional floor installation.
He lived in Wayzata, Minn., and worked for a number of companies, often doing large commercial jobs because of his equipment and expertise. He moved with his family to Bemidji in 1973, where he worked for Kenny's Floor Covering for a time until going out on his own. He also farmed and had a massive garden, which he enjoyed tending. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and attending Cowboy Action Shooting Competitions.
He is survived by his wife of Bemidji; sons, John Cummings of Bemidji, Robert (Marilyn) Cummings of Bemidji, Terry (Donna) Cummings of Brainerd, Minn., Patrick (Michelle) Cummings of East Grand Forks, Minn., Mitch (Kimya) Cummings of Bemidji and Tony (Megan) Cummings of Brainerd; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathy (Frank) Ritter of Bruno, Minn., Lorraine Strandsky of Grasston, Minn., and Lorrie (Iver) Peterson of Pine City, Minn.; brother, Don (Roberta) Cummings of Braham, Minn.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Wesly, on Sept. 21, 2003.