Michael E. Cunningham, 71, passed away Feb. 18, 2013, at the Bailey Family Center for Caring after a long illness. He was born March 6, 1941, in Colon, Republic of Panama, to Joshua and Barbara Cunningham, both deceased.
Mike had an ideal childhood growing up in the Panama Canal Zone. Mike served in the 78th Civil Engineering Squad of the United States Air Force and is a Vietnam veteran. He attended the University of Missouri receiving his bachelor"s degree in business. Mike was a retired federal employee who worked as an air traffic controller in Houston, Texas, the Seattle Center in Washington and the Internal Revenue Service in South Florida. He swam in the 1968 Pan American Games, was an assistant coach to the U.S. Olympic Swim Team and an amateur geologist.
Mike volunteered as a swim coach, scout leader and 4-H leader. He was a member of the NW Limousine Association and the Tomoka Gem and Mineral Society.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Virginia; children, Michael (Allison) Cunningham and Stephanie (Scott) Jason; grandchildren, Rachel, Taylor, Brittany, Bailey and Connor.
A family memorial service is planned for Feb. 24, 2013. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to Gamble Rogers Middle School for the Mike E. Cunningham Memorial Batting Cage.