George Cummings, 81, of Detroit Lakes, MN, died June 21, 2022 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, at David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Visits will take place one hour before the service.
George Alvin Cummings was born September 17, 1940 in Hinckley, MN to Aglon and Edith (Johnson) Cummings. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Detroit Lakes until his family moved to Thief River Falls. At Thief River High School, George excelled in football and athletics, graduating in 1959.
After high school, George joined the military and served in Germany, Hawaii, and as a sergeant in Vietnam. He was proud of his military service. After leaving the military, George went to college and earned a teaching degree from Bemidji State University. George taught industrial technology for 25 years for the Detroit Lakes school system. He loved teaching and tried to make his lessons interesting and challenging. For several years, George also owned the Detroit Lakes H&R Block franchise. He viewed every tax form as a challenge and worked hard for his clients.
While in college, George met Nancy Bredahl and the two were later married. They had two sons, Troy and Chad. George loved being a father and later was thrilled to be the father of his two grandchildren, Freya and Soren.
For many years George was a member of the Maplewood Bass Club. He loved fishing and the friendships that were made. For more than 20 years, several members of this club have met for weekly dinners. After retirement, many of this group wintered in Texas on or near South Padre Island. George and his wife also spent two months a year in Branson, Missouri. George loved to travel and plan vacations. He spent many mornings walking and having coffee with friends at the DLCCC. He worked wood and made beautiful furniture and turned wooden bowls.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Detroit Lakes; his children Troy Cummings of Detroit Lakes and Chad (Meredith) Cummings of Arden Hills; two grandchildren Freya and Soren Cummings; two brothers, Michael (Connie) Cummings of Perham and Robert (Betty) Cummings of Detroit Lakes; and one sister, Mary Moser, Detroit Lakes. He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Susan Sillerud.