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James Allen Cummings

April 22, 1931 September 18, 2015
James Allen Cummings
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PEORIA - James Allen Cummings, age 84, of Peoria passed away Sept. 18, 2015 at 10:22 p.m. at OSF St. Francis Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born April 22, 1931, in LaSalle-Peru, Ill., he was the son to Florence Herberger-Lindner. On Sept. 6, 1952, James married the love of his life, Gail Mary Michael, at St. Marks Catholic Church in Peoria.
He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management, as well as, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois. James served on the Peoria Park District board for over 40 years, was an active member and past president of the Peoria Republican Party, and was head of the Peoria Diocese Council of Catholic Men. James was also a member of the Knight of Columbus St. Jude Council #4333, past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. He was head of the U of I Newman Club, Head of the U of I Ethic Committee, Founder of the Lincoln Statue Committee and the Lincoln Award Committee. James was a brilliant attorney and an avid and excellent bridge player who enjoyed golfing, fishing, antiquing and auctions. He will be remembered for his love of dogs, enjoying long Sunday drives, and being an Abraham Lincoln expert. James was an amazing father, grandfather, and great-grandfather that was loved and will be truly missed. Survivors include his wife, Gail; eight children, Mary (Phillip) Berkemeier of Jackson, Mich., Kate (Gerald) Wren of Mapleton, Ill., Angie (Phillip) Owens of Springfield, Ill., Mike (Marguerite) Cummings of Tomahawk, Wis., Teresa (Mike) Green of Austin, Tex., Mark (Kelly) of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Julie (David) Vaughn of Coralville, Iowa, and Kelly Cummings of Peoria; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Walt Lindner; one grandchild, Patrick Vaughn; and one great-grandchild, Kellen Berkemeier. Visitation will be held on Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wright Salmon Mortuary. Recitation of the Rosary will take place at 7:00 pm. An additional visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Fr. David Richardson will officiate and burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in West Peoria. Memorials in Jamess memory may be made to St. Philomena Church, St Philomena School, or the Womens Care Center. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com Funeral arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Wright Salmon Mortuary.

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