He was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Moulmein, Burma, to Baptist missionaries Hazel June and William H. Cummings Sr. Bruce was also a grandson and great-grandson of Baptist missionaries to Burma.
Bruce was a world traveler and lived in Burma, America and Thailand. He attended high school in Kodaikanal, India. Bruce received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in entomology and insect ecology from Purdue University. 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 LaPorte. He loved the out-of-doors, especially camping. This led to being a Boy Scout leader for more than 40 years with Troop 321 at the Baptist church.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; his brother, William H. Cummings Jr.; two daughters, Lois Vertullo and Linda Young; two grandsons, Steven RL Benson and Robert Vertullo; granddaughter, Theresa Tapella; three great-grandsons, Myles, Tucker and Tyler; 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.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Carol Grieves and his brother Gordon.
Anyone who knew Bruce is welcome to a visiting from 3 to 5 p.m. and a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Boy Scout Camp Topenebee, 0377 N. Holmesville Rd., Michigan City, IN. A potluck dinner will follow the memorial service at the campgrounds. Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 802 Indiana Ave., LaPorte, IN 46350; or Boy Scouts of America Troop 321 c/o Cutler Funeral Home, 2900 Monroe St., LaPorte, IN 46350.
Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP, as well as at www.cutlerfuneralhome.com.