Robert (Bob) Eugene Cummings, 68, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 30, 2017, after a long illness. A private celebration of his life was held by his family.
Bob was born in Richwood, W.Va., to Herbert and Hattie (Copen) Cummings. He received his education from Richwood High School. He always had a love of the outdoors and spent his childhood camping and fishing in the mountains of West Virginia and along the banks of the Cherry River. While in Richwood, he found a passion for law enforcement and held the positions of police chief and sheriff's deputy in Nicholas County.
He continued his career in law enforcement by becoming a corrections officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. It was in Anamosa where Bob met his wife of 30 years, Robyn (Lincoln) Cummings, and raised four children. Bob was also an entrepreneur, but his favorite endeavor was his bait shop. He loved spending his days at the shop visiting with customers and telling "big fish" stories.
He is survived by his wife, Robyn; his children, Miranda, Josh, Katie (Drew) and Jacob; grandsons, Ryder and Wyatt; his brother, Bud (Kay); sister, Carolyn; and father-in-law, Robert Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother-in-law, Pat Lincoln.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff and nurses at U of I Hospitals' SNICU and 7JCE, Willow Gardens staff and nurse Mary and the staff at Hospice Compassus.
Bob will be truly missed.
Posted on Tuesday, 4 April 2017