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Ira James (Jim) Cummings, 96, passed away August 3, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at Huntsville Memorial Hospital in Huntsville, Texas. Jim was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on July 31, 1921, and in 1927 moved with his family to Yankton, South Dakota. Jim attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri for two years, and then went on to Purdue University to complete a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1942 and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1948.
Jim began working for the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan in 1942 and moved to Lake Jackson, Texas in 1965 to continue his work with the Dow Chemical Texas Division. Jim worked in various capacities for Dow, including research and development where he was granted six patents for his work in Industrial Coatings.
During World War II, Jim served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, serving in the North Pacific Theater with assignments in the Aleutian Islands as Commanding Officer of the PCS 1442.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, now called the Community of Christ. He was an ordained minister and served as Presiding Elder of the Midland, Michigan congregation for five years. After moving to Texas he served in various teaching capacities with the Angleton, Texas congregation.
Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Smith Cummings, and his second wife, Patricia Williamson Johnson Cummings. Survivors include sons Scott and his wife Terri, Kevin and his wife Elizabeth, David and his wife Marilyn, grandchildren Tiffany Massengale and her husband Tad, Jennifer Shotwell and her husband Brian, Abbi Boyd and her husband Ryan, Laci Geddes and her husband Kyle, and Christopher Cummings, and Michael Jeffcoat and his wife LiAna, and Melissa Maroni and her husband Chris, and Jennifer Harvey, and great grandchildren Paxtyn Shotwell, and Emerson Boyd, and Elizabeth, Victoria, Christy, and Logan Cummings, and AnnaLi, Jace and Lincoln Jeffcoat, Emma and Joey Maroni. Jim is also survived by his extended family through Pat Johnson of Kent, Coke, and Kevin Johnson and their extended families.
A memorial service will be held September 29, 2017 at the Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene beginning at 2pm. The church is located at 3007 Hwy 332 W., Lake Jackson, Texas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Houston Audubon Society [https://houstonaudubon.org/] in Jims name.
Published on September 8, 2017
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