Daniel Thomas Cunningham
71, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 of pancreatic cancer, which he bravely battled for nearly nine months. He was born March 21, 1942 in Indianapolis. Dan is survived by his daughters, Maureen, Karyn, and Michelle Cunningham and his son-in-law Robert Pratt. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Charles Gearns; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Patrick and Katy Cunningham, Francis "Lefty" and Sharon Cunningham; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Carl McClelland; his brother, James Cunningham; his sisters-in-law, Marilyn Cunningham and Nora May Cunningham; and his numerous nieces and nephews. Dan was preceded in death by his beloved wife of more than 38 years, Judith ("Judy") Cunningham; his parents, Edward and Bridget (née McGinley) Cunningham; his brothers, Michael, John, Charles ("Chad"), Edward ("Eddie"); and his sister, Cathline Mullin.
Dan was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Butler University, where he attended on a football scholarship. He began his master's degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and completed it at Indiana University-Purdue University. He started his teaching career in the Indianapolis Public School System and at his alma mater Cathedral High School, where he later served as Vice Principal. Dan spent the majority of his teaching career at Perry Meridian High School, where he taught English for nearly thirty years prior to his retirement in 2004. Many of his closest friendships were with his fellow teachers at Perry Meridian. Dan and his wonderful sense of humor will be missed greatly by his friends and family. He was an active member of St. Roch Catholic Church and a dedicated volunteer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Dan drew strength from his faith during times of sickness and health, never complaining of his own pain or illness.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 at the Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home . Morning prayers will be said at the funeral home on Monday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Roch Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123-1718 or St. Roch Catholic Church, 3600 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227. Online condolences may be shared with the family at orileyfuneralhome.com.