DELAVAN – William J. Cummings, age 93, of Delavan passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Burlington Rehab and Care Center in Burlington. He was born and raised in Darien Township to William and Hildegard Cummings. William entered the U.S. Army in September 1942 and proudly served in France, Austria, and England until being discharged in Vienna, Austria in April 1946 as a Staff Sergeant. He accepted employment with the US War Department as a personnel manager of the Vienna Ordnance Center, which did repairs on military vehicles. William married Paula Kramarsch, a Viennese citizen, in 1947 and returned to the US in December of 1947. He was employed as a Deputy Sheriff in January of 1948 and worked as a patrolman, process server, and Sgt. of the day shift. He then started work as a Juvenile Officer for Walworth County and remained in that field until 1965. William was promoted to Chief Deputy of the department, eventually becoming the Sheriff of Walworth County for 12 years, until his retirement in January 1981. He was then appointed to the Walworth Cty Board of Supervisors in May 1981 and served as Chairman of the Sheriff’s Community and Vice Chair of the Human Service Board until retirement in 1993.
William is survived by his wife, Paula; two sons, Michael (Joyce) Cummings and Matthew (Roberta “Bert”) Cummings; two grandsons, Matthew and Brent Cummings; two granddaughters, Michelle Bender and Jennifer Kubesheski; and four great grandchildren. They will forever cherish the memories with him and his love of the outdoors.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 714 E. Walworth Ave. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service on Wednesday at the church. Burial will take place at St. Andrew's Cemetery in Delavan.