|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1914|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 1990|
John Bernard Cunningham obituary from the Canon City, Colo. Daily Record:
John B. Cunningham of Redding, Calif. died Thursday, Dec. 27, 1990, at the age of 76.
He attended St. Michael's and graduated from the Holy Cross Abbey in 1933. He participated in school sports and elocution contests. He starred in the play "Silver King" at the school in 1932. In the late 1920's and early 1930's, Mr. Cunningham was a Daily Record [Canon City] carrier.
After graduation, he worked in Denver and Los Angeles until 1937 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he saw service in the North Atlantic escorting transports, and in the Mediterranean during the landing in Italy. The ship he was on [USS Edward Rutledge] was sunk by a German submarine off Morocco in November, 1942, at which time he received severe burns over much of his body. Subsequently he was assigned to a medical unit serving with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific where he participated in the recapture of the Okinawa atoll.
After the war, Mr. Cunningham remained in the Navy as a Chief Pharmacist Mate and served on troop transports during the Korean Conflict. He retired from the Navy in 1957, became employed by the University of California at Berckley as a lab technician and biological researcher which position he retained until retirement in 1978.
Mr. Cunningham was fond of pigeons, squirrels, rabbits, chickens, and other small animals. He had a profound love of his country, and cherished fond memories of Canon City and his friends he had here.
He is survived by two brothers: Leo Cunningham, Phoenix, Ariz.; Eugene Cunningham, Redding, Calif.; two sisters: Mary Alta Rogers; Laurene Burch, both of Denver; and nieces and nephews.
Private services were held.
Henry Regis Cunningham (1868 - 1944)
Mary Esther Russell Cunningham (1884 - 1967)
Joseph Russell Cunningham (1910 - 1987)*
Laurence Leo Cunningham (1911 - 1996)*
Mary Alta Cunningham Rogers (1912 - 2011)*
John Bernard Cunningham (1914 - 1990)
Forrest Eugene Cunningham (1916 - 2000)*
Agnes Laurene Cunningham Burch (1919 - 1995)*
Created by: D. Rogers
Record added: Dec 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81612058
We miss you Uncle Bernard|
Added: Dec. 6, 2011