Marvin A. Cummings

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Marvin A. Cummings, 59, Ozark, died Tuesday at Table Rock Lake, Mo. He was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Nevada, Mo., the son of Allen Lox and Elsie Lorraine Strange Cummings.

Marvin grew up in Nevada and after graduating from high school in 1964, he attended Southern Missouri State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduation he became a claims adjuster for State Farm Insurance and in 1973, founded Oak Grove Construction. He enjoyed a long successful career in construction and had recently sold the company to concentrate on his real estate investments and to take time to further enjoy his many friends and hobbies.

Marvin was a man with a huge heart and was always willing to work, volunteer and lend financial support to worthy causes. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Contractors Association, Sertoina Club and Elks Lodge No. 409. He was an active volunteer and supporter of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and the Women in Need program.

Marvin was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and animal lover, especially enoyed horses and hunting dogs. He was fortunate enough to have made numerous hunting and fishing trips all over North, South and Central America. He supported many conservation groups and was a 30 year sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and past president of the Springfield Rod and Gun Club. He always proclaimed that the great outdoors was his church.

He is survived by his daughter, Dana and husband Cody Quisenberry, and their daughter, Cooper Elle, Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Janice and husband Gary Vaughn, Beaumont, Texas; a niece, Kelly and husband Tony Niles, Houston, Texas; a nephew, Matt Vaughn and wife Samantha, Clever, Mo.; and an aunt, Louise Snyder, Butler, Mo.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug.4, in Rivermonte Memorial Gardens with Gary Merkel officiating and Col. Jack Tough, eulogist, under the direction of Gorman-Scharp-Brentwood Chapel. Visitation will be from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ducks, Unlimited, in care of Nelson Nichols 1571 E. Cherokee, Springfield, MO 65804.