Cunningham, William Franklin 'Dad' (May 29, 1868 - December 24, 1955)
W.F. Cunningham Answers Call
Unknown - December 29, 1955W.F.(Dad)Cunningham, 87, highly respected citizen of Converse county, died last Saturday at Memorial hospital after being in failing health for several years. While his death was not unexpected, it was still a shock to his family and many friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the First Methodist church with the Rev. A. Ray Henry officiating, and burial was in Douglas Park cemetery with Ashlar Lodge No. 10, A.F. & A. M. in charge of the graveside service.
William Franklin Cunningham was born May 29, 1868 in Livingston county, Mo., the son of Jacquai and Nancy Cunningham. On Dec. 12, 1895, he was united in marriage with Florence Kempher at Blandinsville, Ill. Shortly after World War I, they moved to Shawnee where he filed on a homestead, and for a number of years Mr. Cunningham operated a general store and implement business at that place.
In Nov. 1923, Mrs. Cunningham passed away, and on Feb. 4, 1934, Mr. Cunningham was united in marriage with Cora E. Pugh, who died in 1951.
"Dad", as he was affectionately known to all, was baptized in the Methodist church in 1893 and took and active part in church affairs until his health failed. He was also a member of the Masonic lodge for some 55 years in which he always took an active part. He was a director of an insurance company for many years, and for over 20 years, his carefully written but witty Shawnee news appeared each week in the Douglas Budget. His friends were legion and he was loved by all.
Surviving are two sons, Lyell of Shawnee and Francis of Burbank, Cal.; three daughters, Mrs. Irene Maguire and Mrs. Jessie Roush of Douglas, and Mrs. Doris Brose of North Hollywood, Cal.; one brother, J.L. Cunningham of Loudonville, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. R.B. Mann of Los Angeles, Cal.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. One son, Edwin, preceded him in death.
Out-of-town relatives were to attend the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Carl Grigsby of Blandinsville, Ill.