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Joseph "Joe" Cunningham

Apr 4, 1932 - Aug 12, 2016
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Joseph “Joe” Cunningham, Jr., 84, of Riverton, died at the Help for Health Hospice Home on Friday, August 12, 2016. As were his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.

Joseph Carl Cunningham was born on April 4, 1932 in St. Louis, MO to William J. and Mabel (Helton) Cunningham. He was one of four children and was raised in St. Louis. He attended public school until the 5th grade. At age 11 he moved to Silex, MO and worked on the farm until 1952. He graduated from Ranken Technical School in St. Louis with a certificate as an elevator mechanic.

In 1952 he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged.

When he returned from the Korean War he married his wife of 58 years, Lillian Joann Mudd in Olney, MO on June 28, 1958,. They had two sons that they raised in the Bridgeton, MO area.

He worked for General Motors while attending technical school. When he finished school he went to work for Otis Elevator Company and stayed with them until he retired in 1992. After retiring he and his wife moved to Pinedale, WY where they lived until 2001 when they moved to Riverton, WY.

He belonged to the Golden Kiwanis and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening and telling stories in hunting camp.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian J. Cunningham; sons, Joseph Carl Cunningham, Jr. and his wife, Denise of Pacific, MO and Michael W. Cunningham and his wife, Lisa of Riverton, WY; three grandchildren, Kyle Cunningham, Kaitlyn Cunningham, and Megan Cunningham; and brother, John Cunningham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mabel Cunningham; brother, Ronald Phelps; and sister, Trudy Christopher.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.