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William J. Cunningham

William J. Cunningham, 70, of Hebron, died June 4th, 2009, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born February 9, 1939, in Newark, the son of the late Harry and Nellie (Keaser) Cunningham. Bill worked for many years as a roofer through Local #86 in Columbus. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Darkes, whom he married on May 16, 1960; his children, Mike (Laurie) Cunningham of Newark, Brian (Lori) Cunningham of Etna, and Mindy (Chris) Allan of Hebron; his nine grandchildren; and his sisters, Lucille Bebout, Virginia Stewart and Wanda Dils; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service celebrating his life was held June 7, 2009, at the Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, with Pastor Brian Harkness as celebrant. Private family burial followed in Kirkersville Cemetery.

The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial contributions be made to Generations Hospice, 1450 West Main St., Newark, Ohio 43055. A video tribute, and online guest register are available at:

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