Bob Remembered

Robert H. Cummings, 80, of Oakdale, passed away January 12, 2016 at home in hospice after suffering for three years with leukemia. He was married to Mary Lou Pike Cummings for 62 1/2 years after dating for 18 months. They met as teenagers at Church of God, St. Paul Park. They made a commitment to Christ early in life and raised five children to follow the biblical precepts.

Bob is survived by wife, Mary Lou, children Pamela (Raymond) Voigt of Santa Fe, NM; Patti (Jeffrey) Harvey; Paul; Penny (James) Stelflug; and Peggy (Edward) Markel. In addition, they have 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandbaby boy due in June.

Bob drove semi truck over-the-road the greater part of his life. After retiring from semi driving, he drove school bus for 15 years based out of the Oakdale bus barns. For his entire adult life he conducted a second business: landscaping, blacktopping, deck building, pool surrounds, home remodeling, and sun porches. His carpenters/laborers were his son, Paul, as lead man and many family members, as well as outside hires.

As they were very young parents, their life was filled with enjoying their children, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, ice fishing, swimming, waterskiing, horses, snowmobiling, mini-bikes, agate collecting, hiking in the woods and enjoying their cabin on Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin.

In later years, Bob purchased a 38-foot Ultra-Sport motorhome, and they traveled for 3 to 4 months each year and expanded their traveling to all parts of the southwest. In 2008, they purchased a home in the Phoenix area which was the “cherry on top of the sundae.” Bob loved the home, the weather, scenery, and flower and cactus gardens. They entertained many visitors who wanted to escape the northern winter.

Bob & Mary Lou’s church, East Mesa Baptist Church, was their place of worship. Pastor Dr. Richard Paige was a Minnesotan. Pastor Paige had started two churches here in Minnesota - Beaver Bay and Elk River. Every spring pastor took Bob to a Diamondbacks game. Bob was an avid fan of baseball and football in his later years.

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