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Dayton A Cummins

August 25, 1942 - November 14, 2019

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney

Church First Christian Church Kearney

  • Celebration of Life: 2-3:30pm Sunday, November 17, 2019 at First Christian Church of Kearney
  • Memorial Service: 3:30pm Sunday, November 17, 2019 at First Christian Church of Kearney

Dayton Allen Cummins, 77, of Kansas City, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Liberty, Missouri.

The Celebration of Life will be Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 2:00-3:30pm at The Christian Church of Kearney. A memorial service will be held following the Celebration of Life at 3:30pm on November 17, 2019 at First Christian Church Kearney, 2151 S Jefferson St, Kearney, MO.

Dayton was born August 25, 1942, in North Kansas City, MO. He is the son of the late Ralph Allen and the late Leta Elizabeth (Mick) Cummins. He married Eva Joe Burson on December 8, 1962 at Kansas City, MO.

As a young boy, Dayton learned the lessons embedded in hard labor and the importance of pride in every task one undertakes. He enjoyed working with his hands, whether building an over engineered back deck that could give the Pantheon a run for durability, or craft a car from a bucket of bolts and sheets of steel. Each project was given care, over design, detailed craftsmanship and attention to the most minute degree that the most discerning critic could find no flaw.
Dayton, AKA “Hot Lips, graduated from Liberty High School in 1960 and leaving behind a ragtag crew of ruffians, greasers, and real wannabe tough guy, he ventured off across the vast city to build a new gang of mischievous credients and hooligans with a stunning vixen who captured his eyes, stole his heart, and of course unmentionable things.
Together they spawned a motley crew of delinquents and in doing so, knowingly unleashed upon the greater Clay County area the notorious Cummins clan. The havoc that ensued was unparalleled, and the community at large was shaken to its core, sunken in fear, while these bandits ran amok in the woods of Liberty and through the streets of Kearney. The gang was known to recruit others their age for sandlot baseball games, front yard bike jumps, and a barrage of homemade goodies at the clan’s house. All of which was under the careful eye of Dayton and his wonderful wife Eva.
Dayton took pride in each of his offspring and ensured they learned the finer things in life. He showed them how to throw and catch a ball, kick a goal, drive a nail, mow the lawn, and many other quality skills necessary for one to be a successful criminal. But among all the skills he impressed upon his underlings none was greater than the importance of family and the importance of respect for all who walk among us.
In the simplest and purest of terms, Dayton was a father who loved his children, a husband impassioned with his wife, a Christian firm in his faith, a coach aware of the importance of imparting his knowledge, and a hard worker with unrequited skills.

He is survived by his wife: Eva Joe (Burson) Cummins, one daughter: Robin Cummins, and three sons: Brant (Amy) Cummins, Ryan (Angie) Cummins and Tyler (Anna) Cummins, brother of one sister: Colleen Vandermillon, three grandchildren: Mariah Wood, Rachel Cascone, Jillian Cummins, two great-grandchildren: Cora Mae Cummins, and Baby Baba Cummins.

Dayton was preceded in death by his sister, Diane Cummins.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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