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Ralph Edward Cummings

Ralph Edward Cummings[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

Male 1921 - 2000  (79 years)

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  • Name Ralph Edward Cummings 
    Nickname "Smiley" 
    Born 4 May 1921  Camden, Lorain, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1930  Jefferson, Montgomery, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1930 U.S. Federal Census
    1930 U.S. Federal Census
    Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Jefferson, Montgomery, Ohio; Roll: 1856; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0191; Image: 1076.0; FHL microfilm: 2341590.
    Residence 1935  Rural, Preble, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1 Apr 1940  Mills, Ogemaw, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Age: 18Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Stepson 
    1940 U.S. Federal Census
    1940 U.S. Federal Census
    Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Mills, Ogemaw, Michigan; Roll: T627_1806; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 65-10.
    Military: WWII 1939-1945 
    Ralph was a prisoner of war in WWII, as well as his brother Alfred. His mother passed away while he was still missing. 
    POW MIA
    POW MIA
    Prisoner of War or Missing in Action
    Occupation Singer, Songwriter 
    Michigan Country Music
    Michigan Country Music
    Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame Wall
    Residence 1994  Lupton, Ogemaw, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 29 Sep 2000  Lupton, Ogemaw, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Buried 1 Oct 2000  Selkirk Cemetery, Selkirk, Ogemaw, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Ralph was born to Peachie and Leroy. Sadly he lost his father as a small child, and he was raised by his stepfather, John Marsh. He was 23 years of age and missing in action when his mother passed away. He came home from the war a hero and had many medals. Soon after coming home, he married Theda. He lived a simple life raising his children, loving his wife, making friends, working and playing hard. He loved, lived, and laughed whole-heartily. He knew what was really important in life. He loved singing, dancing, hunting, fishing, and more. He wrote country songs and was inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame. One song he wrote was "Old Shep".

      His tragic loss of his father and mother was hard. The war was traumatic and left scars. I believe when he lost his wife, he wouldn't have made it if it weren't for his brother in law and best friend, John Gishler. His funeral included a 10 gun salute, and he is buried at Selkirk Cemetary in Westbranch. He is on the WWII Memorial.

      I remember vividly the days when I was young and he would let my sister and I onstage to sing Dolly Pardon's "Me and Little Andy". We had some great visits, remeniscing and playing with his dog. He was always trying to get us to stay longer,trying to get my husband to take off of work and go hunting with him. He would always talk about his family and his wife, who he missed dearly.

      I remember the very last time I saw him. He told me that I looked like his mother and sister, and that every time he saw me that I reminded him of them. As we walked outside to leave, he started crying. He said "Honny, I'm afraid every time I see you, it will be the last time". I cried too, and told him I love him. He said he loved me too, and tell my momma he loves her. That's just the way he was.. a good man, not afraid to cry, loved people and family, friendly and fun. I think I'll forever see that day. His dog on the hood of his car wagging it's whole body, him waving bye, tears running down his cheeks.
    Person ID I47762  MRP Tree
    Last Modified 6 Dec 2014 

    Father Edward Ephriam Leroy Cummings,   b. Apr 1900, German, Montgomery, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1924, Middletown, Butler, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Mother Peachie Pearl Hensley,   b. 15 Nov 1899, Salt Lick, Bath, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1944, Middletown, Butler, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1920  Camden, Lorain, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Leroy and Peachie Cummings
    Leroy and Peachie Cummings
    Leroy and Peachie Cummings
    Family ID F723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Theda "Tidi",   b. 17 Mar 1914, Flint, Genesee, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1974, Flint, Genesee, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Children 
     1. Dennis Cummings,   b. (LIVING)
     2. Shelly Ann Cummings,   b. (LIVING)
    Family ID F18094  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 May 1921 - Camden, Lorain, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Jefferson, Montgomery, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - Rural, Preble, Ohio Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 18Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Stepson - 1 Apr 1940 - Mills, Ogemaw, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1 Oct 2000 - Selkirk Cemetery, Selkirk, Ogemaw, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Edith Mae Cummings
    Ralph Edward Cummings
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    Ralph and Tidi Cummings
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    Theda "Tidi" & Ralph Edward Cummings
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    Ralph Edward & Tidi Cummings
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    Ralph Edward Cummings
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    Ralph Edward Cummings

    Recordings
    Old Shep
    Old Shep

    Old Shep: Written by Ralph E. Cummings

    Soldiers Last Letter
    Soldiers Last Letter

    Written by Ralph Cummings, inducted into the Michigan Country Music hall of fame 1980


  • Sources 
    1. [S39] U.S. Public Records Index, Volumes 1 & 2, Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, (Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings).
      Birth date: 4 May 1921 Birth place: Residence date: 1994 Residence place: Lupton, MI
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=uspublicrecords3&h=412930322&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    2. [S61 ] Find a Grave, Cemeteries, Headstones, Various Private and Public Records including: Actual Headstones and Cemetery Records, Find A Grave, BillionGraves, and U.S. Veterans Gravesites and U.S. Headstone Applications, ((Click link to Find a Grave etc)).
      Birth date: 05/04/1921 Birth place: Death date: 09/27/2000 Death place: MI
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=vacemeteries&h=4014974&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    3. [S13] 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Jefferson, Montgomery, Ohio; Roll: 1856; Page: 3B; Enumeration Di.
      Birth date: abt 1921 Birth place: Ohio Residence date: 1930 Residence place: Jefferson, Montgomery, Ohio
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1930usfedcen&h=70174370&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    4. [S33] SSDI - Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current , Social Security Administration, Washington, DC, Number: 278-12-4132; Issue State: Ohio; Issue Date: Before 1951.
      Birth date: 4 May 1921 Birth place: Death date: 29 Sep 2000 Death place: Lupton, Ogemaw, Michigan, United States of America
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ssdi&h=13536787&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    5. [S36] 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Mills, Ogemaw, Michigan; Roll: T627_1806; Page: 1B; Enumeration D.
      Birth date: abt 1922 Birth place: Ohio Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 Residence place: Mills, Ogemaw, Michigan, United States
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1940usfedcen&h=85791999&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    6. [S452] Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data - Ohio Birth Records. Columbus, Ohio).
      Birth date: 4 May 1921 Birth place: Montgomery, Ohio, United States
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ohbirthrecords&h=1518521&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

    7. [S9] Family Trees and LDS, This information is obtained from Public and Private Family Trees and Data Collections including but not limited to: LDS, Ancestry, WFT, MyFamily etc., (Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual private or public files. This infomation is not a "Primary Source".), Ancestry Family Trees.
      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=22755840&pid=47762


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