Oliver Lendell “Len” Cummins, age 84, of Casey, IL passed away at 5:08 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL. He was born on April 26, 1932 in Harrisburg, IL, the son of Leavy Oliver Cummins and Jewel Parton Cummins. On May 22, 1953 he married Elizabeth “Libby” Sue Rogers in Robinson, IL.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Libby Cummins of Casey, IL; sons, Lendell Cummins and wife Nahid of Del Mar, CA; Robin Cummins and Wife Lori of Cottage Hills, IL; Benjamin “Jamie” Cummins and wife Cynthia of Moore, SC; Richard Cummins of Casey, IL; Kendell Cummins and wife Nicole of Goldsboro, NC; daughter, Jennifer Staker and husband Curtis of San Diego, CA; brothers, William Cummins and wife Lynne of Peoria, IL and David Cummins and wife Judy of St. Peters, MO; sisters, Doris Hensley of Peoria, IL and Olive Diffenderfer and husband Robert of Auburn, IN. Also surviving are twenty grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two year old brother, Billy Don Cummins.
Len graduated from Hutsonville High School and had a short stint in college before heading to the Korean Conflict where he was stationed in Nagoya, Japan with the Air Force. Len moved to Casey in 1967 with Libby and their children. Len joined State Farm while working at the lumberyard and went on to be a State Farm Insurance Agency Owner in Casey for 37 years; prior to that he was a Metropolitan Life agent for 9 years. Len was a life member of the Casey VFW and American Legion as well as a member of the Casey United Methodist Church for many years. He lived the Christian life example witnessed by his children and all who he touched and hoped that they live, carry, and share with their families as well. Len coached Girls Softball and one team made it to Nationals in Colorado. He also coached little league football of which many young people under his leadership enjoyed successful lives and others that earned Casey a State HS Football Championship. Len was an avid and outstanding golfer as well as a competitive horse racing enthusiast. His admirable leadership drove the shy and timid to above average and beyond. He created confidence in young people where there was once low self-esteem and little hope. He never ever gave up hope on anyone. He created Teams that were real with sacrificial players. This is the same way he lived his life pursuing excellence in himself and his children. He took care of his business life by truly serving people while building the community of Casey. Len was a very generous person and loyal and committed friend. He will be dearly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Casey United Methodist Church in Casey, IL with Rev. Gary Fairchild and nephew Rev. Paul F. Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in the Casey Cumberland Cemetery, Casey, IL. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Casey United Methodist Church, 703 N Route 49, Casey, IL 62420. Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by the Casey VFW, Hazel Dell and Martinsville American Legion.
Memorial donations may be made to the Len Cummins Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Markwell Funeral Home PO Box 175 Casey, IL.
Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, IL is in charge of the arrangements.