John A. Cunningham, Sr., 83, of Carlisle, passed
away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg. He was born on May 22, 1933 in Sparrows
Point, MD, and was a son of the late Ira James Cunningham and Ida Mae (Braun) Cunningham.
John attended Sparrows Point Senior High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He
worked for the Bethlehem Steel Co. for 17 years and was the owner-operator of both the D & J Bus Line and D & J Trucking
for 20 years, all of Sparrows Point. After retiring and coming to Carlisle in 1984, John worked for Adam
Wholesaler, Carlisle and retired again after 10 years of service with the U. S. Army War College, where he served as a driver
in the transportation department. He was a member of the Newville Assembly of God. John
loved to restore antique cars, and enjoyed working on anything mechanical and could fix just about anything. He
loved the outdoors, feeding the deer at his home and gardening.
He is survived
by his devoted wife of nearly 64 years, Patricia Ann (Burns) Cunningham, two daughters; Deborah L. (John Dick) Ryan of West
York and Kathleen L. (William) Bailone of New Freedom, two sons; John A. (Saundra) Cunningham, Jr. of Newville and David W.
Cunningham of Glen Rock, 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by one grandson, David Nolan, four brothers and one sister.
services will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle,
with Rev. Jeffrey Kettering officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle,
with military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard. Viewings will be held on Thursday from 2:00 p.m.
to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Visit www.Since1853.com
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We are so sorry for your loss.
Uncle Johnny you will be sadly missed by me you were a good
man to everyone.
first met Mr John as I grew up to know him when he bought a piece of land behind my home where I grew up. He was a very interesting
man to be around, one of the smartest most knowledgeable men I have known in my 53 years. Being around him on the weekends
I really learned how to do things. Like Gardening, building mechanics, riding motorcycles, I once helped him move a neighbors
house trailer over top of a basement foundation. He allowed me and my neighborhood friends including his son David to build
a play house on his property back deep in the woods, using donated junk wood this playhouse became a 16 x 20 cabin with a
sleeping loft in it that was a source of pride and a lot of childhood memories. Mr John was a very giving man. A few months
ago I got to visit with him and David to reconnect after many years of absence. I told Mr John how much I appreciated him
and all he did for me the things I've learned and the example he was for me as a kid. You just n! ever know when things
that go unsaid wait too long then are lost. Lucky for me I got to say those things to a wonderful man. Enjoy your rest
Mr John You will be sadly missed.
you have earned your rest,now you are pain free. You will be greatly missed.Pat and family sending you our deepest sympathy
on the loss of your loved one.
Marie Lutz &
I MET JOHN THROUGH JUDY BURNS WHO IS HIS SISTER INL
AW. HE WAS A VERY GENEROUS, KIND LOVING
MAN. HE ALWAYS TRIED TO HELP ANYONE OUT IF HE COULD. HE WAS DEFINITELY KNOWLEDGE-IT WAS INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO HIM. HE LOVED
ALL OF HIS FAMILY. MAY HE NOW REST IN PEACE-HE GOT HIS WINGS TO FLY HIGH- HE WILL BE MISSED DEARLY BUT WE HAVE THE MEMORIES
IN OUR HEARTS. PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY.
Daddy - Words cannot express how much I will miss you. Your smile, your laugh,
your everything. You taught me so much in my 62 years. I know you are in God's hands and you are now pain free. I also
know David Louis was waiting for you with open arms. I will see you both some day. I promise to do my best to take care
of Mom. All my Love, Debbie
Heartfelt prayers are extended to the family. A good man has earned his angel wings!
Donald & Mary Wohler
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