24 April, 2009 by troy glidden
Mr. Gary Cunningham, 62, of McPherson, died at 12:05 p.m., Friday, April 24th, 2009 while in the company of family members at McPherson Care Center, McPherson, Kansas.
Mr. Cunningham was born in McPherson, Kansas on June 20, 1946, the son of Wayne Ralph and Vermoyne June (Marston) Cunningham of McPherson.
Gary attended the Washington grade school, McPherson Junior High School and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas 1964. He then attended Hutchinson Junior College, Hutchinson, Kansas.
Gary was raised in the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas
Through the years, Gary worked for Malm Automotive, was a bricklayer for Yost Construction, worked for Certain-Teed Corporation, and worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for 24 years in the McPherson area. Gary was currently working as an Inpatient Substance Abuse Counselor for Central Kansas Foundation, Salina, Kansas.
Gary was a member of the S.O.S., KADAC, and NAD.
Gary Cunningham was united in marriage to Elizabeth "Liz" Duncan on June 16, 1973 at McPherson, Kansas.
Surviving members of his family include his wife of over 35 years, Liz Cunningham, of the home, McPherson, Kansas; his daughter, Tammy Wann, of Mustang, Oklahoma; his parents, Wayne and Vermoyne Cunningham, of McPherson, Kansas; his grandchildren, Abbey, Corey, Colby, Chad, Kristin, and Kelsey; his great-grandson, Bostyn; his sister-in-law, Patty Johnson and her husband Rick, of McPherson; many cousins and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne C. "Buster" Cunningham.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.
The funeral service will be held at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas, at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29th, with Reverend Connie Martin officiating.
Final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to S.O.S., McPherson or Central Kansas Foundation or McPherson Care Center, all of McPherson and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.
Posted By Sandy \"Hapgood\" Stapleton on 30 April, 2009
Dear Liz and Family, May the love of God comfort you in this time of parting. Bless Gary's heart, what a neat guy he was. I've known him since we were little kids and lived in the same neighborhood. Being a "few" years older, I was sometimes the babysitter. I've watched him grow in SO many ways and I will miss his joyful heart and giving spirit. Sincerely, Sandy Hapgood Stapleton
Posted By Bill S. on 29 April, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with Liz and the family.
Like many others in the Central Kansas area Gary was there. He was very instrumental in my wife's starting point toward sobriety and my early days of being clean and sober. We have both now been clean and/or sober for over 18 years and Gary will always be held in gratitude for that.
Gary's smile, laugh, words of wisdom, tunes of encouragement, whisps of toughness when needed and light of guidance will always be carried in our hearts - one day at a time.
God Bless you all.
Posted By Shannon Unruh on 29 April, 2009
I met Gary a long time ago while I worked on 3rd floor at Memorial. He always brought a feeling of peace and comfort with him when he came up to visit someone who needed him. He was great. I haven't seen him for over 15 years and still felt a hurt in my heart when I heard he passed away. May God bless you all through this time.
Posted By A fellow classmate on 29 April, 2009
Even though I was not close to him and didn't know him after high school, I have always admired the things I heard about his work or sometimes I would run into him when visiting Mac. You could just see the bold sweet spirit he had in his face and know God used him to touch many lives. May you be comforted during your time of loss with memories of his life so short lived. God be with you!
Posted By Sharlene Schroeder on 28 April, 2009
Dear Liz and Family,
My heart is full of grief and sadness for you, in your loss of Gary. I just learned of his passing, late this evening.
I became acquainted with Gary from my employment at the hospital. I am but One of the multitudes who saw first-hand the love and kindness he showed for anyone whose spirit was broken and often with his no-nonsense, 'tell it like it is attitude' helped save lives and gave back a sense of purpose to others.. He always knew exactly what to say at 'exactly the right time' which was the key element in making the difference in a struggling persons life. He was committed to providing the tools so a person could learn to make better choices and decisions; helping them to get back up, stay on track and never give up.
I will always remember his 'happy', peaceful spirit and love of fishing. Gary was a dear friend to so many who will miss him. I pray you'll be comforted knowing how much they treasured his friendship and the gift of time, he so freely gave to those in need. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss.
Posted By Dianna Warnock on 28 April, 2009
Liz and family,
sorry to hear about Gary, he will be missed by all who hard the pleasure of knowing him. Rely on God for all you comfort. He will replace your sadness with happy memories one day. I always enjoyed seeing and later caring for Gary, God bless you all
Posted By Kathy Rishel on 28 April, 2009
Liz and family: I was saddened to hear the news of Gary's passing. He will be missed by so many of us who valued his friendship, honesty and sincere wish to be of service to others. Most of all we will miss his easy laughter and his great fishing stories! I'm quite sure he has already found his spot on the riverside and is getting some well deserved rest. May a lifetime of memories give you comfort and God give you strength during these difficult days.
Posted By Trey on 27 April, 2009
Liz, Tammy, and family. I was really saddened to hear about Gary. He was a very special and giving individual. Gary helped so many people at times in their lives that were most difficult. I will miss his smile and what I learned from him. His gift will be missed.
Posted By Doug and Sindy Rosproy on 27 April, 2009
Liz, You are in our thoughts and prayers today and always. Gary was well-loved by many and was lucky to have such a devoted wife and partner.
Posted By Phil Ray on 26 April, 2009
I knew Gary through baseball, and church. Gary, Buster, myself and our mutual friends played many many games of baseball. Gary was such a great guy he would stop to see my father when he was in the hospital. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be missed by all.
Posted By Nicky North Cormell on 26 April, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary was a good man. I feel sorrow for the people who were not lucky enough to know him, and sorrow for the people who were.
Posted By Gary Ashcraft on 26 April, 2009
I knew Gary from Jr High on and we had good times together. I went on to the Navy After MHS and never came back to Mac, but I was kept aware of Gary and his activities especially in the last 20yrs as I myself am a recovered Alcoholic & Addict. I know there will be a void left by his absence, but I also know he has only gone just a little way ahead and that we will all join up with him in the not to distant fututre.
Posted By Tammy&Martha Musselman on 25 April, 2009
Liz&Family,Both Myself&Martha,My Mother give you our condolences,Thought's durin' the passin' of your loved one Gary at sudden notice&also since you came for Dad's viewin' then we'll make it for Gary's.Our Support is with you for a phone call away.
Posted By Rex & Siri on 24 April, 2009
Liz & family - We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He has been such a good friend to so many of us and we will miss him terribly. We can't think of words to truly express how deeply sorry we are.