Melvin Nicholas Cummings


A private family burial was held on Wednesday April 1, 2020 for 83-year old Melvin Nicholas Cummings at the Martin Catholic Cemetery, Martin, SD.

A celebration of Life will be held at a later date along with a special honoring by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Melvin Nicholas Cummings was born December 30, 1936 to Mary Ann Larvie Smith and LeRoy Cummings at Pine Ridge, SD. He made his journey to the spirit world on March 27, 2020 at Winner Regional Hospital, Winner, SD, at the age of 83.

Melvin served the people of Pine Ridge Reservation all of his life. He was a OST Council representative from Wounded Knee District, a member of Oglala Lakota Livestock Grower & Land Owner Association, Lacreek Electric Board of Directors, Shannon County School Board, OST Allocation Committee, OST Partnership for Housing Board, Mazaska Board, Lakota Federal Credit Union Board, Lakota Fund Board, OST Honor Farm and Ranch Board, and Wounded Knee Electronics Board.

He was also a successful rancher near Manderson for 59 years and appreciated his children and wife for their work to keep the ranch going. He will be missed by many.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Ann Horton Cummings, children: Nicholas (Patty), James, Lori (Bob) Bolzer and Janet Weaver; grandchildren Tammy (Wes) Bailey, Tommy, Bailey and Nicholas Cummings Jr, Melvin Blaine Cummings, Krista Cummings, Jill Bolzer, Mollie Toman, Bryan Cummings, and Cody Weaver. Also survived by Beau Fry and Jamie Fry and seven great-grandchildren. Melvin was so proud of his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Melvin is also survived by brothers Doug Cummings, Arnold Cummings, Frank Cummings, Delbert Cummings and Ben Cummings.

Melvin was preceded in death by parents Mary Ann and LeRoy Cummings; sisters Joyce Salway, Geraldine Salazar and Mary Jane Gilmore; brothers Robert, LeRoy Jr, Peter, George, Patrick and Randy Cummings, and one beautiful granddaughter Nichole Marie Cummings.