James Delor Cummings
  James Delor Cummings


Although born in Preston, Idaho, Jim spent most of this life in California. He lived and worked for over 55 years in the SouthBay.  He died in Lakewood, which was the former home of McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, where he was employed for 44 years as an engineer. He worked on various projects including the DC series, most esp. the DC-8, DC-9 and X-3. In 1968 he was highlighted as an “Engineering Personality of the Month.”


He was the oldest of five children, survived by Beulah, Donald and twins Barbara and Beverly. Their mother Anna tragically died young in 1928. Jim graduated from University High in 1937 and attended UCLA.  He served in the US Army during WWII. He was married for 70 years to Lillian (Hertan) Cummings and had three daughters: Joan (who preceded him in death), Jane, & Judy, and one son: James Dennis.  Beloved of his extended family, Jim is also survived by granddaughters Stephanie Baker, JoAnn Compton, Carrie Greer and Caroline Fry and great-grandchildren Jacob, Victoria, Samantha, Vaughan and Jordan.


Jim was very creative and enjoyed photography, golfing, bowling and model-building, esp. of planes, trains & ships. He was life member in the SoCal LiveSteamers of Wilson Park and the Maritime Modelers Club (radio-controlled boats). He was a volunteer at the LA Maritime Museum and AngelsGate. When it came to problem-solving he was unmatched in his genius ability to create the solution. His “can do” attitude and generosity as a tinker & handyman made an impact on all who knew him and will long be remembered.