On the afternoon of May 28, 2020, Bud passed away surronded by his loving family of natural causes. Bud was born in Blackfoot, ID on October 11, 1936. He was the second son of Virgil and Zina Cummins. Bud married his soulmate Beverly Jean Dix, April 17, 1971.
Bud loved playing football as well as basketball and was on the varsity team for his sophmore, junior and senior years in basketball. He threw the shotput and held the record for twelve years. After graduation Bud joined the Navy serving on the aircraft carrier Lexington and was stationed in Japan. He was also a sharp shooter for the Navy. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, cooking but treasured spending time with family and friends. He was a Business Agent for the Teamsters as well as the Secretary-Treasurer, for the Teamsters, in Reno, Nevada. Bud drove truck for over 50 years around the US and later in life drove for Whalen Tires of Butte, MT for about 10 years. Bud loved telling stories about his siblings, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You would always join in his laughter as he would get so tickled telling stories about family a single tear would slowly trickle down his face no matter how many times he told the story you could hear just how happy and how much he adored his family but mostly the grandchildren. Family is and was the most important and most precious thing in Bud’s life. His laughter and stories will be greatly missed as well as his belly laugh.
When Bitsy, his little sister, was born he was in the Navy. When she was learning to write her name she wrote “Butsy” so her nickname was always “Buts”. Most everyone had a personalized nickname or story for which they were teased. He loved fixing big meals and having family and friends come, he would always make a little extra for those dropins as nobody goes home hungry! All of his favorite meals were in his head and when he taught anyone he would just tell them the ingredients from memory. Bud always made sure he helped or donated to those he could. Through the good times and bad Bud always stood strong and was there for his family.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents: Virgil and Zina Cummins; brother Blaine, sister Sharon, brother Lyle, sister Jeanie, brother Jay, and granddaughter Amanda Baszler.
Bud is survived by his wife Beverly Jean Cummins, daughters Pamela Cunningham and Becky (David) Mealey of Butte. Sister, Carolyn Paul of Idaho Falls, ID; brother Kent (Janet) Cummins of Arco, ID; Bitsy (Gary) Trostel of Twin Falls, ID; LeAnne (Wade) Waddoups of Moore, ID; brother Dennis Cummins of Arco, ID; Granddaughter Misty (Jason) McCoy of Apple Valley, MN; granddaughter Sheri Johnson of Great Falls; granddaughter Andrea Boyd (Justin Perusich) of Butte; grandson David (Nicole) Beard of Butte; great-grandsons Brady Baszler of Butte and Cody Baszler of Salt Lake City, UT; and great-granddaughters Britney Baszler, Havyn Boyd, Brooke Boyd, Hailee Boyd, Korrin Johnson and Lilly McCoy. Numerous neices, nephews and friends.
Cremation has taken place with Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services and a Celebration of life will be held Saturday June 13, 2020, on their property in the lowlands (Bellyacres).
Memorials maybe made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or your choice.
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Kathy and Larry Davis says
Our condolences to Pam Cunningham and her family on the passing of Bud Cummins. We met him in the early days of daycare for your children. He was a great guy and will be missed.