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Daniel Richard Cummings

Daniel Richard Cummings, 43, lost his courageous battle with colon cancer in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He passed peacefully at home in Franklin with his family.

Dan was diagnosed with cancer in March 2013. In the past 13 months he lived life to the fullest, traveling and making many great memories with his partner and son. Together they traveled to the sandy beaches of southwestern Michigan; a western Caribbean cruise with stops in Cozumel, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Costa Maya, Mexico, in July; and a trip to the Great West by train, plane and automobile. They visited the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. It was a trip of a lifetime.

In October a relaxing trip to Gatlinburg to watch the fall foliage firework show. For Christmas, a seven-day cruise to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and the Bahamas. His final journey took him home to be with Jesus Christ. Dan’s greatest success in life was knowing and loving his family and friends. Dan was a wonderful father to his best little buddy Lewis.

He was born Dec. 2, 1970, in Tampa, Fla., to Duane and Patricia (Boothby) Cummings. They live in Martinsville. Other survivors include his partner, Tracey (Darkis) Cummings of Franklin; a son, Lewis Tyler Cummings of Franklin; two sisters, Sharon Marie (Jeff) Byrd and Judy Cummings, both of Martinsville; and a brother, Gerald (Karen) Cummings of Indianapolis. Also surviving are his in-laws, Delbert and Mary Darkis of Greenwood; sisters-in-law, Lisa (Mike) Harris of Martinsville and Stacey Darkis of Santa Monica, Calif.; and nieces and nephew, Dylan Kelsay, Brittany (Blake) Bissonette, Allie Byrd; Kelli Clayton, Kristi Souders and Sarah Ponto.

Dan was preceded in passing by his paternal grandparents, Edwin M. and Elva H. (Steiner) Cummings; maternal grandparents, A. Wesley and Vera (Clee) Boothby; and a niece, Alexis Holbert.

He was a 1989 graduate of Martinsville High School. Dan attended Indiana State University from 1989 to 1994. He graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with an associate degree in accounting in 2005.

He was employed by Tyco International in Indianapolis as a consolidated billing coordinator from 2006 to 2014. By 2008, Dan’s supervisor had noticed what a great job he was doing. He was nominated and won a trip to Jamaica as Employee of the Year.

He was a past member of Walnut & Grant Street Church of Christ in Martinsville. Dan enjoyed sports, watching the Indianapolis Colts, Notre Dame football and the Chicago Cubs. Dan loved to listen to music and was quite the collector of different styles of music.

The Rev. Harvey Weaver will conduct a service at noon Saturday at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Chad Griffin will conduct a graveside service at Friendship Park Cemetery in Paragon immediately following the service. Friends may visit the family from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Colon Cancer Alliance, Colorectal Cancer, 1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 1066, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.

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