Joseph R. Cunningham Jr.
1931 - 2021
BORN
August 27, 1931
DIED
March 25, 2021

Cunningham, Joseph R., Jr.

Thursday, March 25, 2021. Beloved husband for 60 years of Kathryn (Dillard) Cunningham. Loving father of Joseph R. Cunningham III, and Pete Cunningham and wife Kristen (Shannon) Cunningham. Dearest grandpa of Cassidy, Joseph, and Laci Cunningham. Our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, cousin, and friend. Preceded in death by his parents Joseph Robert Cunningham, Sr., and Mildred Dorothea Speer, and his brother James (Joan) Cunningham of Florida.

Joe played Major League baseball for twelve years, and continued working for the St. Louis Cardinals Organization for the remainder of his life. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was a 3rd Degree: Master Mason, and member of the Shriners Organization.

Services: Visitation 4-8, Monday, April 5th at Ortmann-Stipanovich Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur MO 63141. Funeral service 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 6th at Chesterfield Community Church, 14647 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Interment private at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Donations to Chesterfield Community Church or Salvation Army appreciated.

Covid-19 rules apply: social distancing and masks are required.

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Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Mar. 31, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Apr
5
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Ortmann-Stipanovich Funeral Home
12444 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Apr
6
Funeral service
10:30a.m.
Chesterfield Community Church
14647 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, Missouri
Funeral services provided by:
Ortmann-Stipanovich Funeral Home
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Joe introduced me to pickled jalapeno peppers when I was in my teens. He also presented me with box seat tickets to a Cardinal baseball game. That was a great treat for a teenager back in the 70's. My prayers go out to Kathe, Joey, Peter and their families.
Monica Chitwood
Acquaintance
April 7, 2021
Pete, Kristen, Joe and Laci.....I’m so sorry to hear this. I only met Joe a couple of times at Zitzman events, but he was a great man....always friendly to talk to. Please give your Mom my sympathy.
Marilyn Parks
Teacher
April 5, 2021
Sincere condolences to Kathe and family. Joe's friendship with my dad and our family will be cherished. Thank you for the memories Joe. Vern Oswalt family.
Patti Oswalt McHenry
April 3, 2021
Proud to have known Joe and was fortunate to be on the same Cardinal team in 1957.He not only was a class player,but just a person you looked up to.God Bless you Joe.My thoughts and prayers are with Kathie and family.Heaven just got better.
Lloyd Merritt
Friend
April 3, 2021
We have lost so many from this generation. I am sure your dad is up there with my dad swapping stories and updates of families. Our prayers and sympathies go out to the whole family.
Mary Murphy Kendall
April 2, 2021
Kathe so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time.
Mary lou sirtak
April 1, 2021
James Lindsay
Friend
April 1, 2021
James Lindsay
Friend
April 1, 2021
James Lindsay
Friend
April 1, 2021
Joe –
The Baseball world will miss you sadly, but not as much as your friends and family. You were always good to my family and my children in correspondence. I have saved every letter and card. I enjoyed dinner on the Hill and will cherish the funny baseball stories.
Joe went to Lodi High School with my mother, Margaret (Klein) Lindsay. Joe and His friend “ Lumpy” through my mom into the pool. (Boys having fun). But my mom couldn’t swim and they had to jump in after her.
My thoughts and sympathy go out to Kathryn and the rest of the family at this time.
James Lindsay- New Jersey
James Lindsay
Friend
April 1, 2021
A Great Man A Great Baseball Player and Human Being......Thanks for Being So Great To Children And For Being A Friend To My Father.....
Frankie Fontana
Friend
April 1, 2021
Your WP Baseball Family
April 1, 2021
News of Joe´s passing sure saddened me and sent me down memory lane. To Kathy and family my condolences and prayers. An incredible boss- but even better human being.
Keith Dierberg
April 1, 2021