James “Jim” Cummings


A Celebration of Life for 63-year old  James “Jim” Cummings will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2:00 at the Lakota Chapel in Martin, SD, with Pastor John Poff officiating.

Private family burial will be held on the Old Cummings Place in Martin, SD at the Cummings Family Farm.

James’ family and friends are invited to a reception following the services. 

James “Jim” Dean Cummings was born on October 29, 1958 in Pine Ridge, SD to Clarence & Naomi Cummings. James went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2021 at his home in Casper, WY.

Jim attended school in Martin, SD and Gillette, WY. He worked in construction and helped build some of Gillette Schools, restaurants and even the new Campbell County Hospital. 

At the age of 18 he worked on the oil rigs in the Oil Field. Jim worked just about every position on the ‘big rigs’ back in the late 70s and early 80s. He worked for D & S Casing in Gillette for about 4 years. 

Around 1985, Jim resided in Boulder, CO where he worked construction. He eventually made his dream trip to Israel where he resided for about 2 years. While on his adventure, he volunteered and served in the Israel Army. 

In 1987, Jim moved to Big Horn, WY to help support his mother financially and help care for his little brother. While there he did construction in Sheridan and surrounding areas.

 In 1989, Jim moved to Prineville, OR, where he worked in construction and in the lumber industry at Pine Products Lumber Mill as well as painted houses. Jim married Rachel Herman on Jan 31, 1989 in Eugene, OR. 

In 1992 he returned to Martin, SD with his family and started a small farm. He loved animals and spent time teaching this same love for animals to his children. 

Jim also worked at Lacreek District as a maintenance man and painted houses – helping out wherever he was needed. Jim was always there for anybody that needed help. 

His passion for the Elderly residents was his joy. He would do odd jobs and spend time visiting them. Jim had the heart towards helping the elderly residents with jobs they couldn’t do on their own any more. Plus, he loved to visit. 

Jim later returned to Prineville in 1992 and worked as a mechanic and did odd jobs painting, snow removal, and lawn work. This is where he met Johnette and later moved back to Casper, WY. 

Jim’s move in 2008 was to be closer to his 3 girls, who were residing in Buffalo, WY. He continued to help the elderly residents doing odd jobs painting, snow removal, lawn work in Casper. 

Jim was always a lot of fun to be around; he loved to preach the Word of God wherever he went. His other interests were fishing, outside life, hunting, camping, and casinos. Jim always had a lot of love to share with others. He was always able to accept anybody and everybody from every walk of life. 

Jim was able to place himself in places to preach the Word of God that a lot of people wouldn’t even think about going to. These places included the streets, bad neighborhoods, shelters, and homeless shelters. He even slept on the beaches and always had a lot of stories to tell in Israel. 

Jim was very bold in his walk with the Lord. He had a complicated life, but was cheerful in just about every situation that came his way. He always knew the Lord was in control. 

Jim leaves behind his daughters, Danielle Cummings of Brookfield, FL, Desiree Cummings of Prineville, OR, and Andrea “Annie” Cummings of Palm Harbor, FL; best friends/girlfriend of 15 years, Johnette “Sissy” Wright of Casper, WY; mother, Naomi Cummings of Prineville, OR; brothers, William “Bill” Cummings and Michael (Marissa) Cummings, both of Gillette, WY; sisters, Theresa (Bill) Siers of Madras, OR, and Debra (Richard) Hicks of Prineville, OR; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close family friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Clarence “Swede” Cummings; brother, Robert “Bubba” Cummings; and sister, Sandy Bailey.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all friends and relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD