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OBITUARY

David "Duck" Cummings

March 8, 1954July 24, 2020
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David “Duck” Cummings, 66, of Newburgh, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at his home. He was born March 8, 1954 in Evansville to the late Thomas and Marsha (Gentry) Cummings.

Duck cherished his career in the Navy as a Seal/UDT and was always a strong supporter of the troops and a proud American. He served many years with the Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department. He was a paramedic for 33 years with Warrick, SLR Alexander, Welborn Cardiac Unit and for the last 14 years with St. Mary’s ER. Duck retired in October of 2011. He was a proud fan of IU Basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Indianapolis Colts, and was still a huge fan of Peyton Manning when he left to play with the Broncos. Anyone who knew Duck loved him. He never met a stranger and had heart of gold, helping anyway he could. He was a great teacher and always made a bad situation better. Duck could always make any one laugh. He grew up in the church, so gospel was his first love. He had a wonderful voice. He cherished the years he rode motorcycles and couldn’t believe he had one. When his health began to decline, he needed something safer. So he traded in both of his Heritage bikes and got a Harley Davidson trike, which he loved. He loved golf, baseball, bowling and darts. He enjoyed live music and would travel to see the Beat Daddys on his days off and became known as tee-shirt Dave. He could sell some merchandise! That is how he and Larry Grisham became as close as brothers. He will be greatly missed. His big smiles and hugs and his quick wit. He always has a phrase for something.

David was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; brothers, Tim and Brian; numerous aunts and uncles, and brother in life and death, Larry Grisham, who passed on June 9, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Teresa (Lane) Cummings of Newburgh; son, Robbie Cummings (Gloria) of Newburgh; daughter, Brandi Jamison of Newburgh; grandchildren, Rebekah, Natalie, Carey, Lexi France and T.J. Jamison, Jr.; step-grandchildren, Tony Kramer (Kristy), Elishia Foster (Jamie),Cheryl Kramer and Kendra Kramer; great-grandchild, Charlie Ann Houghton; sister, Denise Cummings of Peril, IL; brother ,Mark Cummings (Julie) of Evansville; mother-in law, Glenna Lane of Newburgh; sister-in-law, Grace Lane of Decker; brother-in-law, David Lane (Carol) of Vincennes; friend/brother, Dr. Lee Newberry; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dog, “Trooper”.

The family would love to thank his Nephrologist, Dr. Juran, Dr. Judi Brezausek, Pulmonary Dr. Zaki, Cardiologist Dr. Starret, DaVita Dialysis in Newburgh, the wonderful nursing staff at Deaconess Gateway and the staff at Encompass, where he was cared for following his stroke.

A Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, officiated by Don Harris, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville, IN. The family asks guests to share their favorite “Duck Story”. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020 and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, Warrick Humane Society or American Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

“A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best.”

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Karen Brossman Bass

July 29, 2020

We worked together at St. Mary’s ED, it was a pleasure working with him, never a dull moment. He helped me study for my ACLS, loved to teach and help others. Saw him last year at Dr. Sanapati’s office, he showed me his trike, was so happy about his motorcycle; always full of life. RIP .

Judy Leek

July 28, 2020

My heart 😇 is full of prayers 🙏for your loss.💔 I met Dave in 1988 when I worked as QMA at Medco in Newburgh when he was a paramedic for Warrick EMS and it was his 💪gift and passion. He often talked about going to Atlanta for school to be a Physician Assistant and he loved 💖 life full throttle. I am so sorry for your pain. May you be comforted with peace and strength. 💛
Hope and Faith, Judy Bell 🌸

R Brian Broshears Brodhears

July 28, 2020

Duck a great man ,great friend and music brother, he was a giver not a taker,when duck was around no matter who you were , He had your back, he will be greatly missed.,,.rip my friend ✌️

Debbie Wyatt

July 28, 2020

Duck made my days at Warrick EMS great! He was a great mentor and friend. I will truly miss him!

Diana Conrad

July 27, 2020

Duck you will be missed! Rest In Peace my friend. Sorry I will be working the boo boo bus the day of his service. He will always be remembered by me and many others. Rest In Peace my friend!🙏

Rayna Barnett

July 27, 2020

I worked with Duck at St. Mary's. He was always a smiling, positive guy. I'm very sorry to hear he's passed.

Jennifer Claridge

July 27, 2020

I work at Warrick Co. Dispatch. He was a awesome paramedic and overall good person. He was always so nice. Prayers to his family! RIP Duck!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Family time with beloved brother Tim

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Last anniversary flowers I received from Dave Oct. 20, 2019

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Family time with beloved brother Tim

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Last anniversary flowers I received from Dave Oct. 20, 2019

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Our precious cockatiel Willie in his storm cage as we were faced with many tornadoes

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one of Larry's many guitars that Dave loved

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Dave happened to be Cliff Henderson's first baseball coach

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Dave so proud of his first Harley He always said if it broke down he could just pick it up and carry it home . This was alao a few weeks after his open heart surgery

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News 4 U article wrote recently remembering his "brother" Larry Grisham's life and many talents

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Dave at Tracy's house preparing to give rides

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Dave with Goddaughter Lindsey Kavanaugh

Biography

David “Duck” Cummings, 66, of Newburgh, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020 at his home. He was born March 8, 1954 in Evansville to the late Thomas and Marsha (Gentry) Cummings.

Duck cherished his career in the Navy as a Seal/UDT and was always a strong supporter of the troops and a proud American. He served many years with the Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department. He was a paramedic for 33 years with Warrick, SLR Alexander, Welborn Cardiac Unit and for the last 14 years with St. Mary’s ER. Duck retired in October of 2011. He was a proud fan of IU Basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Indianapolis Colts, and was still a huge fan of Peyton Manning when he left to play with the Broncos. Anyone who knew Duck loved him. He never met a stranger and had heart of gold, helping anyway he could. He was a great teacher and always made a bad situation better. Duck could always make any one laugh. He grew up in the church, so gospel was his first love. He had a wonderful voice. He cherished the years he rode motorcycles and couldn’t believe he had one. When his health began to decline, he needed something safer. So he traded in both of his Heritage bikes and got a Harley Davidson trike, which he loved. He loved golf, baseball, bowling and darts. He enjoyed live music and would travel to see the Beat Daddys on his days off and became known as tee-shirt Dave. He could sell some merchandise! That is how he and Larry Grisham became as close as brothers. He will be greatly missed. His big smiles and hugs and his quick wit. He always has a phrase for something.

David was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; brothers, Tim and Brian; numerous aunts and uncles, and brother in life and death, Larry Grisham, who passed on June 9, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Teresa (Lane) Cummings of Newburgh; son, Robbie Cummings (Gloria) of Newburgh; daughter, Brandi Jamison of Newburgh; grandchildren, Rebekah, Natalie, Carey, Lexi France and T.J. Jamison, Jr.; step-grandchildren, Tony Kramer (Kristy), Elishia Foster (Jamie),Cheryl Kramer and Kendra Kramer; great-grandchild, Charlie Ann Houghton; sister, Denise Cummings of Peril, IL; brother ,Mark Cummings (Julie) of Evansville; mother-in law, Glenna Lane of Newburgh; sister-in-law, Grace Lane of Decker; brother-in-law, David Lane (Carol) of Vincennes; friend/brother, Dr. Lee Newberry; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and his beloved dog, “Trooper”.

The family would love to thank his Nephrologist, Dr. Juran, Dr. Judi Brezausek, Pulmonary Dr. Zaki, Cardiologist Dr. Starret, DaVita Dialysis in Newburgh, the wonderful nursing staff at Deaconess Gateway and the staff at Encompass, where he was cared for following his stroke.

A Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261, officiated by Don Harris, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville, IN. The family asks guests to share their favorite “Duck Story”. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2020 and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, Warrick Humane Society or American Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

“A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best.”