Ronald Ross Cumming, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney at the age of 85.
He was born Oct. 22, 1923, at St. Catherine's Hospital in McCook, the son of the late John M. and Jennie (Halsey) Cumming. He grew up around Lebanon and in in his junior year the family moved to Danbury, where he graduated from Danbury High School in 1942.
Once in the Mediterranean Sea, his LCT supplied ports in North Africa. He was part of the landing force for the battles of Sicily and Southern Italy. Ronnie was sent to England in preparation for the Normandy invasion. On June 6, 1944, his LCT landed half-tracks on Omaha Red Beach then continued supplying operations.
Following D-Day he was able to come home on leave before shipping out of Portland, Ore., aboard LCSL 78 for the Pacific Theater. He was part of the forces at Okinawa, Japan and was preparing for the invasion of Japan. He received his honorable discharge from the military on Jan. 21, 1946.
On March 9, 1946, Ronnie married Vera J. Hindman in Oberlin. To this union four children were born, Tom, Rhonda, Rick and Scott. They made their home in Danbury for 63 years with the exception of eight months in Mexico, Mo. Ronnie farmed and fed cattle for nearly 35 years. He became manager of the Danbury Co-op in 1977, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Danbury Presbyterian Church and served as Master of Boaz Masonic Lodge 185 A.F. & A.M., six times from the 1960s and was Master when Boaz Lodge joined the McCook Masonic Lodge 135 A.F. & A.M. in 1986. He was also a member of Eureka Chapter 86 Order of Eastern Star in McCook, McDonald-Ryan American Legion Post 276 at Danbury, Beaver Valley VFW Post No. 7719 at Lebanon, McCook Elks Lodge 1434 in McCook and served on many community boards.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law, Bill and Thelma Hindman.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Vera Cumming of Danbury; son, Tom Cumming and wife, Kathy of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughter, Rhonda Berger and husband, Bill of Kearney; sons, Rick Cumming and wife, Deb of Danbury and Scott Cumming and wife, Sue of Lakewood, Colo.; grandchildren, Tom Posey, Carri Owens, John and Corrieann Cumming, Karla Bonner, Bill and Kimber Bonner, Kim Clark, Bobbi and Scott Ehmke, Scot and Renee Berger, Justin and Karri Cumming, Derrick Martin, Sheldon Martin, Cody Martin and Ian Cumming; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Gould and husband, Don of Lincoln; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Danbury Presbyterian Church in Danbury with the Rev. Keith Theobald officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may sign his register during regular business hours from Thursday until Saturday at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.