Gerald Cunningham, Age 83, of Laurel

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Funeral Services for Gerald Cunningham, age 83, of Laurel will be held at the United Methodist Church in Laurel on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at the United Methodist Church in Laurel on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with family present. Interment with Military Rites will be at the Laurel Cemetery in Laurel. Memorials may be directed to the Cunningham Family for later designation. He passed away Friday at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel. Arrangements with Hasemann Funeral Home of Laurel.

Gerald (Gerry) Walter Cunningham was born December 6, 1932 at Randolph, Nebraska to Grace (Paulson) and Earl Cunningham. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1950.

Gerry married Ardis Stingley on February 25, 1953 at the United Methodist Church in Randolph. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage and were blessed with five children. Gerry served in the U.S. Army from March 1953 to February 1955, part of which he was stationed in Austria. Following his military service he farmed, managed the Laurel Gambles Store, worked for Century Manufacturing Company as a District & Regional Sales Representative, sold real estate, and was the Veterans Service Officer for Cedar County. In retirement, Gerry & Ardis sold advertising together. He was awarded the Top Salesman of the Year award from Century each year he was eligible, and was honored to serve as the President of the Nebraska Veterans Service Officers Association. 

Gerry was a devoted husband and father and actively involved in the Laurel Community. He was a member of the United Methodist Church (past Treasurer), Home Builders, American Legion, VFW, Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Fire Department, EMT, Lions Club (past President), City Council, and was active in 4H. He supported activities at the Laurel school for over 50 years.

Raising horses was a hobby he shared with his immediate and extended family. There are many fond memories of the time spent caring for and showing horses.

    Gerald is survived by five children, Kevin (Lisa) Cunningham, Grand Island, Kerby (Naomi) Cunningham, Beatrice, Toby (Patti) Cunningham, Laurel, Jana (Arnie) Christensen, Lincoln, and Joedy (Katty) Cunningham, Vienna, Austria; fourteen grandchildren, Matthew and Janelle Cunningham, New York, New York, Andrew Cunningham, Grand Island, Kathryn Cunningham, Baltimore, Maryland,  Jeremy and Sheri Cunningham, Omaha, Joshua and Megan Cunningham, Lindale, Texas, Kyle and Kelli Cunningham, Beatrice, Lark and Trevor Rich, Sioux City, Iowa, Tori Cunningham, Kansas City, Kansas, Tate Cunningham, Laurel, Jade Cunningham, Laurel, Nathan Christensen, Lincoln, Jason Christensen, Lincoln, Phillip Cunningham, Mertingen, Germany, Megan Cunningham, Bath, England; six great-grandchildren, Jenna, Sierra, and Jackson Cunningham, Isaac, Colton, and Aleigha  Rich;  brother,    Don Cunningham, Dixon; a sister, Deanna (Dan) Gansebom, Osmond; sister-in-law, Elda Cunningham, Wausa and brother-in-law, Marlyn Stingley of Conroy, TX; nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

    Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Ardis, January 18, 2016; parents, Earl and Grace Cunningham; parents-in-law, Glen and Claribel Stingley; brother, Dean Cunningham; sisters-in-law, Delores Stingley and Sharolyn Cunningham; and niece, Terri Suhr.



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