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Baker County, Oregon
Ustious G. Cummings Sr., 84, of Baker City, died Feb. 23, 2003.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Nathaniel Neff of the Lighthouse Church in Baker City will officiate. Inurnment will be in the veteran’s section of Mount Hope Cemetery after the chapel service. A reception will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City.
Ustious was born Feb. 13, 1919, at Potter, Ark., to Richard and Mary Cummings. He moved to California in the 1930s. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II.
He served in the Wildcat 322nd Infantry Regiment. He was awarded several decorations and citations. Ustious was discharged in 1945 with the rank of staff sergeant.
He then worked as a steel worker at the U.S. Steel Co., at Pittsburg, Calif., for the next 30 years. After his retirement, he continued to serve the public for another 20 years.
He did community work for the senior citizens and government give away, providing food for the less fortunate. He really enjoyed helping people. Ustious and his wife, Lola, moved to Baker City in September of 2000.
Survivors include his wife Lola, of 61 years; two sons, Ustious Cummings Jr. of Concord, Calif., and Johnny and his wife, Donna, of Baker City; two daughters, Geraldine Krigbaum, and her husband, Tom of Antioch, Calif., and Shirlene Taylor and her husband, Ken, of Caldwell, Idaho; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one sister, Mamie Taylor and her husband, Frank, of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or the Lighthouse Church through Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 13, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor