Born in Brazil Feb. 9, 1937, he was the son of Charles and Wanita Cummins.
He is survived by his wife Deanna Cummins, his children Doug Cummins (Trafalgar), Jim and Donna Carlson (Indianapolis), Lauri Carlson (Franklin), Frank and Deanna Cummins (Noblesville), and Dawn Cummins-Wheeler (Mooresville), his grandchildren Michael Carlson, Kira Carlson, Chelsea Cummins, Justin Carlson, Alex Wheeler, Shawn Cummins, Ashley Wheeler and Faith Cummins, his great-grandchildren Madison, Michael and Andrew Carlson, his sister Sharon Brown, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family from coast to coast across the United States.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Bill and Tom.
Chuck proudly served his country as an airplane run-up and troubleshooting mechanic in the United States Air Force from 1954-58, while stationed in Anchorage, Ala.
An Indiana State University alumni, Chuck worked 32 years with RCA/Thompson Electronics in Bloomington, Indianapolis and El Paso, Texas.
While in Texas, Chuck commuted daily into Juarez, Mexico, for work, becoming fluent in Spanish during his time in Texas.
Chuck enjoyed a variety of music types, was an avid reader of almost any book he could lay his hands on, enjoyed old western movies and television shows and woodworking.
He especially enjoyed traveling across the country with Deanna in their RV.
While in Texas, he met the love of his life, Deanna.
Almost inseparable, the couple met in 1979 at a Parents without Partners gathering. The pair quickly fell in love and were married July 18, 1981.
The couple spent 30 wonderful years together, raising their family, traveling frequently and enjoying life daily.
Of Irish descent and a fan of Gaelic music, Chuck and Deanna enjoyed hosting Irish parties. For many years, the couple hosted an annual Jimmy Buffett blowout, the highlight of many peoples' summer.
Easy going and even tempered, Chuck never met a person he didn't like.
Chuck left friends throughout the United States and Mexico.
He was remembered fondly by his friends from work, friends from his time with the Gold Wing Road Riders Association (where he was instrumental in the formation of the Nashville, Ind., Chapter Z, and served for a while as the State Director), his RV traveling friends, as well as anyone else he came in contact with from store clerks to the nurses and staff of Indiana University West, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indianapolis, and Methodist Hospital, who fought valiantly to keep Chuck with us.
Chuck has influenced many with his quick wit, wisdom and affable personality.
While Chuck's legacy lives on through his wife, children, grandchildren and other's whose life he influenced, he will be sorely missed by all and the world is a poorer place for his loss.
Visitation will take place Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, from 2-5 p.m., at the Allen Funeral Home, 4155 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington, Ind. Services will immediately follow visitation Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pets Alive, Monroe County Humane or Relay for Life.
Allen Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Friends can send condolences to www.allenfuneralhome.org.