Wilbert A. Cunningham

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Wilbert A. "Bill" Cunningham

91, of Tipton, IN died November 21, 2013. He was born May 16, 1922 at Indianapolis, IN to Joseph and Mae (Chaney) Cunningham.

Bill became a Christian Church ordained minister August 30, 1950 receiving M.Div and D.Min degrees from Christian Theological Seminary at Indianapolis.

He had served his country in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a member of the American Legion. He also was a member of Cicero Christian Church where he currently is serving as a teacher and as Elder Emeritus. Recently he served as pastor of Community Christian Church and North Tacoma Christian Church both at Indianapolis.

Bill had also served as Staff Chaplain for the Indianapolis Police Department for 16 years, volunteer chaplain for the Indianapolis Division of the FBI, and was a co-author and developer for the Indiana State Police Chaplains program. He was a life member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

He was designated "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1991. In 1995 the Wilbert A. Cunningham Award for Excellency in Chaplaincy was established in Bill's honor.

He first married Estel Cunningham, who preceded him in death. He later married Betty (Shupperd) Cunningham who survives him. Also surviving is a son, Mark David Cunningham of Detroit, MI; daughter, Sharon Cunningham, a missionary in India; daughter-in-law, Carol Cunningham of Warrenton, VA; step-son, Scott (Donna) Griesel or Windfall, IN; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Paul Cunningham and a sister, Jean McBride.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Cicero Christian Church, with burial to follow at Washington Park East Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013 also in the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kulpahar Mahoba (mission), c/o Cicero Christian Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Homes Cicero Chapel , where you may send condolences at: http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 26, 2013
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