JACK C. CUMMINGS
Sunset Hills Funeral Home
Lt Col. Jack Clifford Cummings was born on March 26, 1932 in Centralia, WA. He passed away June 14, 2009 at University Place, WA.
Col. Cummings grew up and graduated from Winlock High School in Winlock, WA, and served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from the University of Washington in 1954. He was first stationed at flight schools in Texas, then Milan, Italy, Rhinemein, Germany, Sacramento, CA, Montgomery, Alabama, Tacoma, WA, Vietnammissions-flying the C-47 Gooney Bird, Portland, OR, Dayton, OH, Washington DC-retiring from the Pentagon in 1976.
He then moved to the Tri-Cities, WA, to work for the DOE for 4 years. In 1981, he and his family moved to Bellevue, WA, where he started his own corporation, JC Consultants. Jack loved to fly. He owned a Rockwell Commander 114 and stayed in touch with his Gooney Bird (C-47) buddies from Vietnam. Twelve years ago he sold the plane and started boating in his 33-foot Sea Ray. He enjoyed the Cruising Club going to Roche Harbor, Gig Harbor and other ports of call. Jack also greatly enjoyed cooking and would share his recipes and bring a dish to sample for anyone who would try them.
Jack is survived by Betty Ellen Hedin Cummings, his wife and partner for 55 years. He is also survived by his children: Catherine Ellen Cummings, Kimberly Anne Richert and Michael Clifford Cummings. He was fortunate enough to have 3 grandchildren: Kelsey Marie Richert, Kaitlyn Anne Richert and Clifford Tan Cummings.
His Graveside Memorial Service is at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place S.E., Bellevue, WA., to be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, June 23rd. A reception to follow at the Redmond VFW Hall: 4330 148th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052. If you wish to send flowers: Please send them to the VFW for the reception or make a donation to the Redmond VFW Support the Troops Fund in his name.
It is going to be a long week... I have the chance to do the flowers for Jack... He always bought Betty flowers every week. So This is kinda the last go for Jack.. I am going to miss this man.. he was always so upbeat and postive even to the very end!
God Speed Jack!