MINONK - Duane E. Cunningham, 86, of Minonk died at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Minonk.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home in Minonk. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. The Rev. Richard Olson, the Rev. Harry Sanders and Fr. Lloyd Cunningham will officiate. Burial will follow at Minonk Township Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded by the Minonk American Legion.
Memorials may be made to the
or the Veterans Home in LaSalle, where he and his wife often volunteered.
Duane was born Feb. 18, 1928, in Minonk to Noble and Louise (Funk) Cunningham. He married Ivanelle Gutherz on July 30, 1950, in Minonk, Ill. She survives in Minonk.
Also surviving are his children, Bradley Cunningham of Irvin, Texas, Laura (Paul) Kelley of Chillicothe and Mary Cunningham of Minonk; two grandsons, Ben and Sean Kelley; one brother, William (Ruth) Cunningham of Lexington; one sister, Marjorie Kettwich of Minonk; two sisters-in-law, Donna Cunningham of Washington, Ill., and Elaine Cunningham of Minonk; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents and three brothers, Kenneth, Delmar and Gene Cunningham, preceded him in death.
Duane had served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as a platoon parts man.
He was an active member of the Minonk Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school for over 18 years. He was also a member of the Minonk American Legion.
He was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Company, East Peoria Plant, for 30 years, retiring in 1989. Duane was the founder of Cunningham Candies in Minonk.
He attended Brown's Business College in Peoria.
He loved his God, his wife and family, flowers and gardening, reading, history and traveling, especially to visit his family.
Duane will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be made to www.calvertmemorial.com.