Minonk - Gene Arnold Cunningham,
75, of Minonk, passed away at 6:00 a.m. on Tuedsay, April 22, 2014
at St. James Medical Center in Pontiac.
A memorial service will be held at
11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Ruestman Harris Funeral
Home in Minonk, with Rev. Dr. Richard Olson, Fr. Lloyd Cunningham
and Rev. Dr. Harry Sanders officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7
p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the funeral home in Minonk.
Full Military Rites will be
accorded at the Inurnment in Minonk Township Cemetery. Memorials
may be made to Minonk Ambulance Association, First Baptist Church
chair lift or Wounded Warriors Project.
Gene was born on June 19, 1938 in
Streator, a son of Noble and Louise Funk Cunningham. He married
Elaine Lahr on June 28, 1969 in Minonk. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Elaine, he
is survived by a son, Sean (Christine) Cunningham of Minonk;
grandchildren, Brayden Cunningham and Kyra Cunningham; two
brothers, Duane (Ivanelle) Cunningham of Minonk, Bill (Ruth)
Cunningham of Lexington; a sister, Marjorie Kettwich of Minonk; an
aunt, Zelda Garrett of Springfield; and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by his
parents; two brothers, Kenneth Cunningham and Delmar Cunningham;
and a brother in-law, Wayne Kettwich.
Gene was a 1956 graduated of
Minonk-Dana-Rutland High School.
He was proud to serve two years in
the United States Army primarily in Germany from 1961-1963.
Gene farmed in the Minonk area for
He attended the First Baptist
Church in Minonk.
Gene was a loving husband and a
supportive father who inpacted the lives of most everyone he met
with his infectious humor, laughter and quick wit. He was a great
story teller who loved a good joke, taking many almost too far -
but everyone loved him more because of the smile he brought to
their faces and the joy he brought to their lives. He will be
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