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(June 10, 1926 – March 22, 2012)

Donald G. Cummings Donald Gregory Cummings, 85, of Midland, went to be with the Lord Thursday evening, March 22, 2012 at Brittany Manor. Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and retired Optometrist, Donald was born on June 10, 1926 to Glenn Raymond and Helen Ermina (Burhans) Cummings in Owosso, Michigan. He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey June Slaterline, June 2, 1946, and moved to Chicago, Illinois where he graduated from the Optometric College in Illinois (Illinois College of Optometry) in 1947. In his fifty-eight years of practice in Midland Donald wrote many articles for the Michigan Optometrist and Optometric Weekly and was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Ocular Science after winning first place for an article he wrote on fitting contact lens and resolving contact lens problems. Recognized as an expert in his field, Donald served as the first Chairman of the Contact Lens Section of the Michigan Optometric Association and lectured extensively at contact lens conferences in Michigan, Illinois, New York and Colorado. Aside from his practice Donald enjoyed a wide range of interests and activities including building, swimming, cutting firewood, plowing snow, gardening, motorcycling, playing the harmonica, reading, playing chess and downhill skiing. He was particularly fond of skiing and was 79 when his family members finally convinced him to quit. Those who knew him will remember Donald for his generosity. He often took under-privileged children along with him when he went skiing or to his garden so they could ride motorcycles. As a born again Christian , Donald demonstrated his love for the Lord by providing free eye care for many ministers and missionaries that came to him from around the world, serving as Sunday school teacher and guest-speaking for ministers who needed time off. Donald and June raised five children in the 65 years they shared. Donald is survived by June, two sons: Glenn (Amanda) Cummings, David (Wendy) Cummings; three daughters: Terry (Kyle) Butler, Leslie (Lloyd) Fayling, and Cheryl (Steve) Hill. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Gary; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his father, Glenn, mother Helen, step-father Fred Kingsland, older brother Robert , younger half-brother, Clifton Kingsland and grandson Noah Cummings. Don?ÇÖs family wants to express its sincere thanks to his caregivers at Brittany Manor who gave Dad exceptionally kind and thoughtful treatment during his stay. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Auburn First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Lawrence officiating. Private burial to take place at Oak Hills Cemetery. Visitation will take place Sunday, March 25 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Auburn First Baptist Church and Open Door Ministries. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com