Gary V. Cunningham, a lifetime resident of Grove City, passed away Saturday morning, June 3, 2017, in Grove City Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 76.
Gary was born in Grove City on March 16, 1941, to the late H. Glenn and Carlotta (Kerns) Cunningham.
He married Judith A. "Judy" Graf on May 2, 1964.
He was a 1959 graduate of Grove City High School. Following high school he attended Grove City College from 1959 to 1961 and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Class of 1962. At that time he entered into business with his father and older brother and was later joined by his younger brother. Together they expanded the business to Mercer in 1974. Gary served the community as a funeral director for 54 years and formerly operated the local ambulance service with both his brothers until 1974.
Gary was a member of East Main Presbyterian Church, F & AM Masonic Lodge 603, New Castle Consistory, Zem Zem Shrine and the BPO Elks. In his younger years he was active with Grove City Jaycees, the Grove City Optimist Club and coached midget football and basketball.
He enjoyed fishing and playing golf but mostly Gary enjoyed interacting with others and making people happy with his kindness and great sense of humor.
Gary is survived by his wife, Judy at home; a son, John Cunningham, Grove City; two granddaughters, Alaina and Kayla Cunningham, and a grandson Ethan, all of Grove City; a brother, Larry K. "Joe" Cunningham, Mercer; three nephews, Mark, Michael and Greg Cunningham and a niece Jill McCandless Cunningham and their families.
In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother, H. Lee Cunningham; and two sisters-in-law, Delores J. Cunningham and Kay E. Cunningham.
Donations in Gary's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Gary V., 76, of Grove City.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (6-6-17) in the CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.
Service: Funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday (6-7-17) in the funeral home with the Rev. Willard Morse officiating.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.
Published on June 4, 2017