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James R. Cunning


1928 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
James R. Cunning, 83, of Gothenburg, Neb., died Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg.
Jim was born June 18, 1928, at Hopkins, Mo., to Ray and Nettie (Peve) Cunning. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Gothenburg, where he grew up and graduated from Gothenburg High School. Jim enlisted in U.S. Air Force on Sept. 13, 1950. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 12, 1954.
Jim and his wife had two children, Gary and Denise. In 1954, Jim and his family moved to Alamogordo. During this time, Jim worked as a security guard at White Sands Missile Range. In 1981, Jim returned to Gothenburg. Jim loved coaching Little League sports and watching University of Nebraska football games. His greatest joy was watching and supporting young athletes in all sports.
Jim was preceded in death by father Ray; mother Nettie; brothers Clyde, Charles, Wren Eugene and Johnnie Francis; and sister Pearle.
Survivors include his daughter Denise and husband, Allen Musgrove, of Los Lunas; son Gary and wife, Dana Cunning, of Old Hickory, Tenn.; grandchildren Amy Bell and husband, Shane, of New Mexico, Staci Musgrove, of Texas, Amber Ackley and husband, Walt, of Texas, and Cody Cunning and Summer Cunning, of Tennessee; great-grandchildren Kelsey, Kaden, Jaden and Melia; and many friends and extended family.
Graveside services will were conducted at Gothenburg Cemetery on Monday, June 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating.
Burial took place in Gothenburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.blasestrauser.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 5 to July 4, 2012
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