Meadville Tribune

Obituaries (Archives)

May 20, 2013

Ronald J. Cummings

LINESVILLE — Ronald J. Cummings, 78, of 8994 Dicksonburg Road, Linesville, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, May 19, 2013, following a brief illness.

He was born June 10, 1934, in Edinboro, the only child of Leslie I. (Buck) Cummings and Virginia June Toohey Dorrance. He had been married to Sylvia Y. Dronko and subsequently married Mabel J. McDowell on Sept. 29, 1979.

Following his graduation from Corry High School in 1952, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving four years on active duty aboard the USS Macon as a machinist mate second class. He then served in the Naval Reserves from 1956 to 1960. Following his active duty in the Navy, he served his tool & die apprenticeship at Southeastern Tool in Gastonia, N.C. In 1960, he moved to Meadville and started working at Canto Tool. In 1977, along with three partners, he purchased Canto Tool and remained an owner until 2006.

He was a member of Norrisville United Methodist Church; Western Crawford Masonic Lodge 258, Conneautville; Kismet Grotto, Saegertown; Scottish Rite Valley of Erie; Lake Erie Consistory; Zem Zem Shrine Temple, Erie, and the Crawford County Shrine Club. He was a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Corry, and an honorary life member of Opportunity Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, Moosehaven, Orange Park, Fla. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association and Conneautville American Legion Post 615, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and a plank owner of the U.S. Navy Memorial.

He was past president of the National Tooling and Machining Association. He traveled to Africa four times on safari. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, telling hunting and fishing stories and he took great pride in working on his property. He was a volunteer driver for the Veteran’s Administration for five years and he volunteered with the Conneaut Valley Release Time and was a blood donor with the American Red Cross, donating 10 gallons of blood during his lifetime. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. However, his greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors, in addition to his loving wife, Mabel, of 33 years, include three sons, Dirk R. Cummings and his wife, Meg Stadtler, of Hendersonville, N.C., Dale R. Cummings and his wife, Crystal, of Saegertown, and Jeffrey T. Uhlman and his wife, Lucia, of Tualatin, Ore.; two daughters, Lori L. Gorczyca and her husband, Joseph, of Prince Frederick, Md., and Shelly R. Evans and her husband, Chris, of Meadville; nine grandchildren, Adam J. Cummings, Alex J. Cummings, Morgan A. Uhlman, Richard Pasquale-Uhlman, Todd Pasquale-Uhlman, Samantha J. Evans, Sarah E. Gorczyca, Cassandra N. Gorczyca and Mackenzie A. Gorczyca; and a great-grandson, Conner J. Haller.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. An additional calling hour will be Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

The funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Russell Hines, pastor of Norrisville United Methodist Church, officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Huidekoper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Norrisville United Methodist Church, c/o Elaine Harrison, 12318 Lakeside Drive, Conneaut Lake, Pa. 16316; or Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Memories and condolences may be shared at

Text Only
Obituaries (Archives)
  • Joseph Walter Clark

    Joseph Walter Clark, 13, of Meadville (Vernon Township), died at home Friday, April 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

    April 19, 2014

  • Jerome (Jerry) Logan Bossard

    Jerome (Jerry) Logan Bossard, 86, of Townville, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Saint Vincent Medical Center, Erie.

    April 19, 2014

  • Elery Smith

    April 19, 2014

  • Edward Eugene Smith

    Edward Eugene Smith, 65, of Meadville, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his residence.

    April 19, 2014

  • Pearl Marie Holcomb

    Pearl Marie Holcomb, 85, of Cambridge Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    April 19, 2014

  • Edward Eugene Smith

    Edward Eugene Smith, 65, of Meadville passed away recently at his residence.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jim (The Janitor) Vorous

    Jim (The Janitor) Vorous, 60, of Meadville, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his residence.
    He was born Aug. 10, 1953, in Grove City, a son of Floyd Paul Vorous and the late Hazel Marie Burnette Vorous.

    April 16, 2014

  • Lois E. Manross

    Lois E. Manross, 87, of Southwoods Assisted Living Community, Titusville, died peacefully at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her residence following a lengthy illness.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rae Jean Isaly

    Rae Jean Isaly, 55, of Meadville, passed on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Meadville Rehab and Nursing Home.

    April 16, 2014

  • Paul M. Horrobin

    Paul M. Horrobin, 84, of Conneaut Lake, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014, at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

    April 16, 2014

  • William (Bill) Allen Buttray

    William (Bill) Allen Buttray, 53, of Meadville, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his residence. He was born April 16, 1960, in Meadville, a son of Karl D. Buttray and Pauline D. Slayton.

    April 16, 2014

  • Sandra S. Loper Payne

    Sandra S. Loper Payne, 67, of Conneautville, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 14, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born a daughter of Dora M. (Doodee) Onspaugh Loper and the late Robert E. Loper on Sept. 13, 1946, in Geneva. She married William Payne March 27, 1965. He survives.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mary Lou Longstreth Brown

    Mary Lou Longstreth Brown, 86, of Erie, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Millcreek Manor. She was born July 25, 1927, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late William and Estelle Baker Longstreth, and had resided in the Erie area for most of her life.

    April 16, 2014

  • Raymond Franklin Waid

    Raymond Franklin Waid, 65, of Franklin, Va., passed away at his home and went to be with his Lord on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Mr. Waid was a native of Meadville, a son of the late Walter Franklin and Meredith Eynon Waid.

    April 15, 2014

  • Nels G. Juleus

    Nels G. Juleus, 88, formerly of Meadville, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in York. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 67 years, Jackie Ott Juleus.

    April 15, 2014

  • John Allen Burns

    John Allen Burns, 86, a lifelong native of Woodcock Township, Crawford County, passed away in his sleep in the late evening hours of Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Meadville Medical Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jay W. Burris

    Jay W. Burris, 73, of Meadville, escaped his earthy bonds and went Home to be with his Savior on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Vincent Health System, Erie.

    April 15, 2014

  • Rev. Leonard S. Burchfield

    Rev. Leonard S. Burchfield of McCune Road, Cochranton (Canal Township) passed away at 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Sugar Creek Station following a period of declining health. He was 95.

    April 15, 2014

  • Robert J. (Bobby) Hanus

    Robert J. (Bobby) Hanus, 54, of Cochranton, formerly of Springdale, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

    April 13, 2014

  • Ada Jane Calvin

    Ada Jane Calvin, 92, of 21607 Golden Drive, Meadville, formerly of Sharpsville, passed away peacefully 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Rolling Fields Inc., Conneautville

    April 13, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide