Robert Bruce Cummings '53 Passes

Robert Bruce Cummings, 78, of La Porte, Indiana, passed away on September 23, 2013.

He was born December 8, 1934 in Moulmein, Burma to Baptist missionaries, Hazel June and Wm. H. Cummings Sr. Bruce was also grandson and great-grandson of Baptist missionaries to Burma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carol Grieves, and brother, Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Louise; his brother, Wm. H. Cummings Jr.; and two daughters, Lois Vertullo and Linda Young; two grandsons, Steven R.L. Benson and Robert Vertullo; and granddaughter, Theresa Tapella.

He also has three great-grandsons, Myles, Tucker and Tyler.  Bruce has many nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends who also share in the loss. Bruce was foster father to teenagers, including many Boy Scouts.

Bruce was a world traveler and lived in Burma, America and Thailand. He attended high school in Kodaikanal School in India and also worked at the School as a volunteer in 1996. Bruce received his B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University in entomology and insect ecology. He was employed for 40 years by the State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources inspecting greenhouses and nurseries.

Bruce loved God and was a choir member, deacon, trustee and a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in La Porte. He loved the outdoors, especially camping. This led to being a Boy Scout leader for more than 40 years with Troop 321 at the Baptist church.

We welcome anyone that knew Bruce to the visiting from 3-5 p.m. and memorial service at 5 p.m. on October 6 at the Boy Scout Camp Tope-ne-bee. There is a potluck dinner at the camp after the memorial service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.