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Leonard L. Cummings

March 6, 2018

St. Marys-Leonard L. Cummings 81, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the St. Marys Manor.

He was born March 21, 1936 at Mayetta the son of John and Viola Jones Cummings. Leonard was one of 13 children, John, Francis, Cornelius, Gerald, Theodore, Anthony Richard, Vera, Theresa, Millie, Margaret and Mary.  He grew up on the reservation and graduated from Mayetta High School and joined the Navy Reserves as a senior.


Leonard worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka from 1954 until his retirement in 1992.  He had coached the youth of St. Marys in softball, baseball and basketball.  Leonard was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Council No. 657 of the Knights of Columbus in St. Marys.  Leonard was an avid KU Fan.


He was united in marriage to Joanne K. Bellinder on June 11, 1960.  She preceded him in death on October 20, 1998.  He married Betty Hinterweger on October 21, 2000, she survives.  He was also preceded in death by a son, William J. “Bill” Cummings on March 24, 2004 and a step-son, Danny Hinterweger on August 16, 2016.


Other survivors include sons, Bob (Kathy) Cummings, Belvue, Tim Cummings, Wamego, Mike (Melissa) Cummings, in Florida; step-sons, Jim (Jan) Hinterweger, Lebo, Mike (Lisa) Hinterweger, Overbrook; daughters, Lorye (Charlie) Armstrong, Wamego and Lisa (Aaron) Lyman, Topeka; a step-daughter, Cindy (Kasey) Priddy, Silver Lake; 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 9, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  Mr. Cummings will lie in state and the family will receive friends on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00 until the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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13 thoughts on “Leonard L. Cummings

  1. Leonard and his family were
    neighbors to us for many years on Walnut street. Also, I worked with Leonard for many years at the Goodyear plant.
    Leornard was a good neighbor and well liked by all who knew him. Our condolences to Bob and the rest of the family

  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Leonard’s family. He was a good friend and a fellow Goodyear worker. We rode back and forth to Goodyear for years. “Goodbye ole Buddy”

  3. Mike, Bob, Tim, Lorye and Lisa, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time. Your Dad was one special man. He not only was dedicated to you all as his family but also to lots of others that he helped with in sports of all kinds. He was an excellent example of a man, husband, father and coach. Growing up as neighbors you could not have asked for a more pleasant family to live close to. To my dear friend Leonard… Rock Chalk buddy and show those people in heaven how to play pitch and teach them all the rules and regulations of ball of all kinds. Hugs to you all and know that your Dad will be so missed. Rest Leonard you deserve it big guy. Prayers always

  4. I was sorry to read of Leonard’s passing. He will be missed by friends and family. You are in our prayers.

  5. Bob and Kathy and family-
    So sorry for the loss of your dad. Find peace in your many memories.

    Dale and Shelly Rezac

  6. I send my sincerest condolences to the entire family. Leonard and I were neighbors for a time. You are all in my prayers.

    Robert Hoferer, JR

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