Cummings, David Edward Age 75, distinguished stained glass artist and volunteer radio programmer, died peacefully on December 29, 2019 from advanced cancer at his home in Minneapolis. Born in Virginia, MN on August 8, 1944, he was predeceased by his mother Cleo (Bakke) Utter, step-father Larry Utter, and beloved nephew Philip Cummings. After joining the Navy and serving in Vietnam, he worked as a computer operator. He turned a stained glass hobby into a career, partnering with Michael Pilla and starting Monarch Studios in 1976. He later worked with other studios in California and in the Twin Cities. His work can be seen in universities, churches, temples and synagogues as well as the Minneapolis Institute of Art. One of his last projects included skylights that were part of the Minnesota State Capitol restoration. In the late 1990s David began volunteering at KFAI Community Radio. For 20 years on his weekly radio show, Rockin' in Rhythm, he played jump blues, early R&B, the roots of Rock & Roll, doo-wop, a little country and western as well as old radio excerpts. He created and produced a special 10-hour radio tribute to Johnny Mercer with Les Block, which is now in the Library of Congress. In all things David was a consummate helper. He always looked for ways to assist people in becoming their best selves. And had fun doing it. David is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 40 years Glenna Dibrell; daughters Raleigh Chin (Yong), Andrea Cummings (Brian Orndorf), Liz Cummings Cervenka (Jeff Cervenka); grandchildren Alex, Quinn, Max and Mikko; brother Jon Cummings (Geri), sister Cindy Webb (Kyle), brother Bill Kooy (Luci Teeters); nephews Paul, Chris and niece Jessica; sister-in-law Nancy Dibrell. A 1 PM Service of Remembrance will be held at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 8, 2020, followed by a Celebration of Life at Becketwood Cooperative, 4300 W River Parkway, Mpls, at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to KFAI Community Radio, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church or the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
David Edward Cummings
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