By Kayleigh Rahn
The lasting effects of Doug McCumber’s decades of dedication to the Tuscola community may well be endless.
His obituary reads “a retired community banker.” However to the Tuscola community, McCumber’s legacy reaches much further than his successful career as a local banker. He was a loyal friend, a tireless community servant, and most importantly a family man of strong faith.
“Faith, family, friends–those are the pillars he stood by, in that order,” his daughter Marissa Franks said at the McCumber family home on Tuscola’s Lake Shore Drive.
McCumber died of kidney failure Tuesday, Sept. 26, and while his passing has left family and his friends a bit lost, his love for community has become a source of comfort.
McCumber Graduated from Tuscola Community High School in 1967 before heading to the University of Illinois. He graduated with high honors in 1971 when began his service with the Illinois National Guard and went to work for Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago.
Though he could have secured a successful career with Continental bank, McCumber followed a different path and returned home to Tuscola in 1972 when he joined the Tuscola National Bank.
It was actually Tuscola’s Bill McCarty who put the wheels in motion for his return, said McCumber’s wife Rhonda McCumber.
“Bill was another father figure to Doug. He’s the one that actually got Doug to move back to Tuscola. Bill is the one who called him, and he’s been in Tuscola since,” Mrs. McCumber said. “He could have stayed with Continental with no problems and had a career up there, but he always told us that he wanted to come back and raise his family in a community-oriented place. He said in Chicago you’re just another face, but not here.”
“Bill said when he was asking Dad to come back he told the bank that he had a name and when they asked him why he would bring back a guy from Chicago, Bill told them that his heart is on fire,” Marissa said. “He told them he had such a passion for the town that he would never leave.”
The full story can be found in the Oct. 4, 2017, edition of The Tuscola Journal.