Mount Ayr Record-NewsOBITUARY ~ DWIGHT DAVID CUNNING
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 17, 2013
March 13, 1949 ~ October 09, 2013
Dwight David CUNNING, son of William and Mamie Elizabeth (NICKLE) CUNNING was born October 29, 1918 near Clearfield, Iowa.
When Dwight was a child, he contracted scarlet fever and lost most of his hearing.
After high school, Dwight lived in
Indiana for a couple of years and worked in a fig cookie factory. He returned to Iowa and worked the wheat harvest as well as
working on his parents' farm and helping other area farmers.
On March 2, 1947, Dwight married Charlotte RICE in Lenox,
Iowa. Dwight and Charlotte settled on a farm south of Mount Ayr where their son, Bradford Mark, was born on November 30, 1948.
A daughter, Sherri Lynne, was born nine years later. Dwight was a lifetime farmer. He enjoyed life on the farm where
visiting with neighbors and getting together with family was common. He liked to take trips each summer, usually to national
parks where his brother, Duane, was a park ranger.
Dwight loved to play pool and would spend free time at the pool hall on
the southeast corner of the square. Years later, when the Princess Theater was restored, Dwight loved going to the movies.
He always attended the Ringgold Singers concerts and was a member of the First Christian Church.
In 1987, Dwight and
Charlotte retired into Mount Ayr. Dwight loved his grandchildren and would follow all of their sporting and band activities.
He was proud of their accomplishments and enjoyed flying with Mark when he received his small plane pilot's license. A highlight
of his later years was going to Hawaii two years ago to visit Mark and David; a trip he never quit reliving. Jessica's
children, his great-grandchildren, became his pride and joy.
Dwight and Charlotte moved into Clearview Estates where they
enjoyed friends and fellowship with the tenants.
Dwight passed away October 9, 2013.
He was preceded in death
by his parents; son, Bradford Mark CUNNING; siblings, Thelma (Ed) RICHEY, Burl (Irene) CUNNING, Dortha (Ed) GROSSMAN,
Cecile (Bill) BARRON and Duane (Christine) CUNNING; in-laws, Opal (Bill) GOODALE, Lewis "Mike" RICE, Paul (Sadie) RICE
and Max BROOKS.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte CUNNING of Mount Ayr, Iowa; daughter Sherri (Doug) HYMBAUGH of
Mount Ayr, Iowa; grandchildren, Jessica (Joe)
SNETHEN of Webster City, Iowa and Mark HYMBAUGH and David HYMBAUGH, both of Kihei, Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Rori, Vince
and Ellie SNETHEN; sisters-in-law, Betty BROOKS of Washington State, Peggy RICE of Lenox, Iowa and Jorene (Bill) BLEVINS
of Springfield, Missouri.
Services were held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr
with Reverend Chris CONKLIN officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT and Judy CUMMING. Songs were "Amazing Grace" and
"The Lord's Prayer." Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
A memorial fund has been set up for Clearview
Estates and the Princess Theater.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2013
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