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Dale E. Cummins

Jul 22, 2008

ARMSTRONG – Funeral services for Dale E. Cummins of Armstrong will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at United Methodist Church in Armstrong with Pastor Lyndon Roesler officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Armstrong. Interment will be at Armstrong Grove Cemetery in Armstrong with military rites by the Weiby-Johnson VFW Post of Armstrong.

He died Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.

Dale Cummins, the son of Ralph and Laura (Klein) Cummins, was born May 28, 1927, in Armstrong.

He graduated from Armstrong High School in 1945 and left for the United States Navy soon after. He returned home in 1946 and on June 20, 1948, Dale married his high school sweetheart, Burnetta Guinn, at the United Methodist Church in Armstrong.

He was employed at Pape’s Garage, George Peterson’s John Deere, was a dragline operator for Emmet County and was a 25-year lineman for Iowa Electric Light and Power in Armstrong. He retired in 1984 and bought a travel trailer and spent winter months in Florida for about 10 years. Dale was a soloist in high school and sang all of his adult life for weddings, funerals and social functions in the Armstrong area. Until recently, he entertained at the Armstrong Valley Vue Care Center with Glenn Henriksen. He loved singing for the residents.

Dale was a community and church worker and gave of his time and talents in many ways. He was past president of the Armstrong Kiwanis and the Emmet County Historical Society, 60-year member of the American Legion, Boy Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, Junior Choir director, Little League baseball and softball coach, Big Brother to a couple lads in Armstrong for several years and was chairman of several committees during the 1968, Armstrong Jubilee and the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations in Armstrong. Dale was the narrator and a committee member for the Armstrong Centennial Pageant in 1993. He was a past member of the North Forty Chorus, the Algona Barbershop Chorus and the Estherville Many Voices Choir.

His hobbies were woodworking, golf, singing and traveling. They traveled during their marriage to all 50 states and many times taking along mother-in-law, Goldie Guinn and nieces and nephews. Lonnie, Belinda, Kelly and Vance Guinn made their home with them after the death of their mother.

Left to cherish Dale’s memory are his wife, Burnetta, of 60 years; Lonnie, Belinda, Kelly, Vance; great-niece, Hunter Guinn; nephew, Jerry Dreesman; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Dale in death were his parents, Ralph and Laura; sister, Donna Rae Dreesman; mother and father-in-law, Art and Goldie Guinn; friend and Navy buddy, Bob Brunstein; and many other special family members and friends.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com.