BEND - William Otis Cummings Jr., 96, of John Day, died Jan. 27, 2010, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

He was born June 5, 1913, in Cummingsville, to William Otis Sr. and Gertrude (Hall) Cummings. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1931.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years and four months, as a private first class, and was in the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns, and the American and Asiatic-Pacific theaters.

He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, two Bronze Stars, the Philippine Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart and the World War II Victory Medal.

In 1949, he married Edna Officer in Stevenson, Wash., and together they had a son, Alvin Cummings.

He was self employed as an electrical contractor. His hobbies included fishing and hunting. He was a life member and charter member of the John Day Elks, BPOE 1824.

He is survived by his son, Alvin Cummings of John Day.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Officer Cummings in 1995; and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John Day Elks (BPOE 1824) through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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