|Birth: ||Jan. 5, 1950|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 1997|
Anchorage Daily News January 17, 1998
Former Alaskan Michael Leland Cunningham, 47, died Dec. 13, 1997, of a stroke at St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka, Calif. Services were held at Chapel of the Ferns in Redway, Calif. Interment was held Dec. 18 at Memorial Cemetery in Garberville, Calif.
Mr. Cunningham was born Jan. 5, 1950, in Anchorage. He joined the U.S. Army in 1969 and completed basic training with honors in Fort Lewis, Wash. He was a member of the Honor Guard. He declined OCS training and instead chose to go to Fort Benning, Ga., for infantry training. He shipped out to Vietnam in 1970 and fought with the First Cavalry Division in Cambodia. Among the many honors Mr. Cunningham earned were the Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. He returned to Anchorage in 1971. He moved to California in 1978, coming to Phillipsville in 1980. His family said: ''Among his many talents was his uncanny ability to make friends and make people laugh. He always had the best joke and was always ready to give a needy friend a back rub.'' ''Michael will be greatly missed by all who knew him in Alaska, Hawaii, California and Oklahoma. We all know he is resting peacefully in the arms of his Heavenly Father and will be watching over us all.'' Mr. Cunningham worked as a firefighter throughout California and helped build the Phillipsville Fire Department and the local softball field. He sang, wrote poetry and loved all living creatures, especially children, animals and old people. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and outdoors.
Mr. Cunningham is survived by his children, Tiffany, Chance and Dustin; their mother, Angela Kearney, and her family, Jackie, Denise, Shelly and Jerry. He is also survived by his companion, Wendy Hicks and family; parents, Bill and Betty of Thousand Palms, Calif.; brothers, Jerry and Curtis of Alaska; aunts, Cathy and Charlotte; uncle, Walter; grandmother, Gladys; and many cousins. Donations may be made to the children's trust. Make checks payable to the Community Credit Union, Account No. 7804, 757 Redwood Drive, Garberville, Calif. 95542.
Created by: Jim C.
Record added: Aug 21, 2010
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