Edwin Gene Cummings


Edwin Gene Cummings, age 82, of Aurora, Missouri, entered into rest on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home, in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.  He was born October 8, 1934, in Aurora, the son of the late Clinton and Nora (Calhoun) Cummings.

Edwin was a 1952 graduate of Aurora High and received his master’s degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 29 years and attained the highest rank for enlisted personal, CMSGT.  Edwin mentored many young airmen during his long and distinguished military career.  A strong advocate for veterans, he was employed as a Missouri State Veteran’s Service officer for 18 years and was a past commander of the American Legion Post 126 in Aurora and a member of the United Methodist Church in Aurora.

On July 18, 1959, he married Renate Ursula Kruger in Berlin, Germany.

He is survived by his wife, of 58 years, Renate; one son, Greg Cummings, of Republic, Missouri; two daughters, Kelly Cummings, of Aurora and Deborah Perez and her husband, Harry, of Abilene, Texas; one grandson, Eric Cummings, of Springfield, Missouri; two step-grandchildren,  Corrinne Perez and Brandon Perez both of Abilene, Texas; four sisters, Myra Cartee and her husband, Ira, of Aurora, Marsha Haney of San Jose, California, Janice Parker and her husband, Garland, of Aurora and Janelle Cummings of Santa Clara, California and several nieces and nephews.

Edwin will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He was constantly helping and providing care and support to his family, friends and veteran’s.

A graveside service, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Orange, Cemetery north of Aurora. Visitation will be held from 5:00–7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.




5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home.

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605

  Graveside Service

3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Orange Cemetery

15743 State Hwy K, Aurora, MO

  Memorial Donations

may be made to the Alzheimer's Association


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J.D. & Carol Ann Pilkenton

May God be with you. We so appreciate Gene's service to our country.

 Posted June 29, 2017 - 9:28pm
Bill and Cathy Munden

Gene will be missed. He was a faithful Legionnaire. Sorry for your loss.

 Posted June 28, 2017 - 4:42pm
Corrinne Perez

I love you grandpa!!!! You are flying with the Angels. See you again some day.
Corrinne & Brandon

 Posted June 28, 2017 - 12:08am
Charles Reasor

I have great memories of running around with Cousin Gene in the 1940's when us kids came down during the summer to visit. From playing golf, digging fence post, getting water from the creek for the water trough and many, many more. I know Gene is in heaven now helping God and God has a good worker. The memories I'll never forget. I know this is a sorrowful time and I share it with you. God Bless and rest in Peace.

 Posted June 28, 2017 - 12:02am

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