Mark Thomas Cummings of Bellevue, MI, passed away in Bronson Health Care in Battle Creek, after a long illness.
Mark loved life, his family, and his huge array of long-time friends. He always liked having “something to look forward to”, and was planning a trip to Lexington and Gatlinburg, when he became ill.
Mark was born on August 11th, 1948, to Thomas and Shirley (Linge) Cummings at Community Hospital in Battle Creek, MI. He was raised on 6 ½ Mile Road, in Emmett Township, next to his Grandparents farm (Rolen and Estelle Cummings). A born farm lover early on, he loved everything about Grampa Cummings 80 acre cattle and horse farm. He especially loved the tractors, balers, drags,trucks, planters, and everything to do with mechanics. He spent every moment he could there from an early age, and would roam the fields non-stop, fixing fences, feeding the cows, fixing the equipment, and helping Gramp wherever and whenever needed. He had a wonderful, loving adventure of a childhood, raised by 2 parents who taught him manners, and how to help take care of others as well as himself. He ran home, at 5 years old, to report that Grampa Cummings had tipped over the tractor and was caught under it.......thereby saving his life. He learned to drive in the old 1949 Dodge Pickup truck that Gramp had in the 50's and 60's. This would come in handy later, when he served in the Military. Mark served in Vietnam in 1968-69 (Tet offensive) with the 563rd Transportation Division stationed in Pleiku., driving both supply trucks and Gun trucks. He had many stories and exciting anecdotes about his time there, and although he had to be encouraged.....he never minded talking about his military life to whoever asked. When he was honorably discharged as a Spec 4, he came back to Battle Creek, and spent his life, until his retirement , working as a Union Plumber for Clyde Hanger Plumbing. He was seriously injured in a Truck/Car accident in the late 70's, and lost an eye....also having his jaws wired shut for months. Later, in 2019, he had his lower right leg removed due to Diabetes. He never, not once complained about his problems, and did not like anyone to feel badly for him. Always toughing it out, without letting anyone know he was struggling. He enjoyed his and Debbe's “M&D Farms” farm in Bellevue, being a Calhoun County Posse Sargent at arms and member, was a member of the Vietnam Veterans groups in BC, Camping, Horseback riding, Knives, Antique Tractors, Gun collecting, Country Music, all of his farm equipment, and his Dog- Cocoa. He helped his parents operate Pine Row Farm Hunter/Jumpers in BC, and was active in 4H from the time he was 14, to last year when he was forced to step down as Fair Week Barn manager (a job he looked forward to every year). He would park his camper right at the entrance to the 4H Horse barn, and have a wonderful time observing, visiting, and eating all during fair week. He was a staple/volunteer at the “Fair”, from the early 60's on. He most of all, loved his family, and always did everything he could to help whoever needed it, even if it meant having to go out of his way to do it. Mark had no enemies, and never spoke badly about anyone. He was simply put.....a very special, good person.
Mark leaves behind his beloved partner Debbe Flowers, his brother James(Fay) Cummings, his Niece Julie (Jon) Chantrenne, Nephew Jeff (Michelle) Lake, Nephew Ryan (Angie) Galli, 5 Grand Nieces and Nephews Andruw, Ella, Perry, Danielle and Matthew, along with a plethora of friends and acquaintances he knew while living a happy and active and full life. He is preceded in death by Thomas and Shirley Cummings, Rolen and Estelle Cummings, Marguerite Davis, and Ryman Linge.
Mark will be interred in Memorial Park, Helmer Road, in Battle Creek.......alongside his Parents and Grandparents who he loved and missed so much.
Visitation will be held at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service on Thursday, January 7th, where the family will be present from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Remember to wear facial masks, and be considerate of others, because we can only have 10 people in one room at one time according to the State of Michigan rules. Funeral Services to commemorate Mark's life, will be held at Bachman Funeral Chapel at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 8th, 2021 with Pastor Noah Miller of the Peace Community Church of Climax officiating.
There will be a link set up on the Bachman Hebble website for family and friends to see on VIMEO of the Memorial service in its entirety by Monday January 11, 2020.
Cremation has been conducted. Burial of cremains will follow at the Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors provided by SSG Michael Dickinson, II American Legion Post 257. Memorial Tributes may be made to; Calhoun County 4-H Horse Association, MSU Extension Office, 315 Green Street, Marshall, Michigan 49068. Flowers may be sent to Bachman Hebble Funeral Services 223 North Bedford Road, Battle Creek, MI
Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes, 269-965-5145 www.bachmanhebble.com