Robert E. Cummins, Jr. - 72

7/24/1945 - 3/16/2018

Leaf River, Illinois

Leaf River – Robert E. Cummins, Jr., age 72, died Friday, March 16, 2018.  He was born July 24, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas the son of Robert E. and Ruby (Peavey) Cummins, Sr. He graduated from Normal High School in Normal, IL. and attended the Police Academy at the University of Illinois.  He then served in the United States Air Force from March, 1963 to Sept., 1966.  He married Kathy Benthien on Feb. 15, 1969 in Bloomington Normal, IL.  Robert worked as a police officer for the  Bloomington Normal Police Dept, and was a special agent officer for the Union Pacific Railroad, and then worked for the  Ogle County Sheriff’s Dept., and also worked many years for Camcar Textron in Rockford.  He attended both the Cornerstone Family Church in Byron, IL and the North Grove Christian Church in Egan, IL.  He loved to do woodworking, being outside working in his yard, and designed his home prior to building it.  He was an Awana Leader for the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford. He was always giving of himself to his family and others and ensuring his family that they were being taken care of.  He was a member of the Forreston American Legion.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Survivors include his wife Kathy of Leaf River, 3 children; Vicki Lake of Loves Park, IL, Kevin (Suzanne) Cummins of Janesville, WI, and Becky (Tony) Greenfield of Shannon, IL, 2 sisters; Janice (Herb) Beer of Arkansas, and Debra Cummins (Steven Bray) of Kentucky, 9 grandchildren; Brittany and Brianna Lake, Jonathan, Jordon, Kylie, and Jake Cummins, Lindsey, Tyler, and Trevor Greenfield.  Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Wed., March 21, 2018 at the Cornerstone Family Church with the Pastor Randy Snider and Pastor Terry Ceroni officiating.  Burial will be in the North Grove Christian Cemetery near Egan.  Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street in Byron, IL.  A memorial fund is established for the Forreston American Legion. 


Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron, IL


Service will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Cornerstone Family Church in Byron, IL

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