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.