Melford D. Cunningham

Prescott, Michigan
July 14, 1928 - December 15, 2019


Friday, December 20, 2019 from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 1:00 pm at St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church 2811 E. Greenwood Road, Prescott, Michigan

Service Location

St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church


Friday, December 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church at 2811 E. Greenwood Road, Prescott, Michigan

Obituary Notice

Melford D. Cunningham, age 91, of Prescott, MI, formerly of Rockwood, MI, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from McLaren Bay Region Center. He was born on July 14, 1928 in Essex, Ontario, Canada to Melford & Delores (Bedal) Cunningham. He immigrated to the United States in 1931 and became a citizen of the United States. He joined the U.S. Maritime Service in 1944 serving 2 years until the end of the war. On January 22, 1949 he married Mary Allgeier at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Detroit. He worked for Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. until he retired in 1989. In 1964 he was elected to the first Rockwood City Council serving for 12 years. In 1982 he was elected Mayor of Rockwood and served for 8 years. In 1990 he and Mary moved to the Skidway Lake area.

Mel was a member of St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church in Skidway Lake where he served as a lector, a member of The Skidway Lake American Legion, Skidway Lake Moose Lodge where he served as Governor from 2001-2002 and served in other offices there and at the State level. He was a member of the Skidway Lake Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and golfing.

Mel is survived by his wife, Mary Cunningham of Prescott; children, Melford (Betty Jo) Cunningham of Monroe, MI, Judy (Don) Finnern of Waseca, MN, David (Janet) Cunningham of Zephyrhills, FL, Patricia (Paul) Collins of Trenton, MI, Gayle (Ben) Frazzetta of Prescott, MI; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Frances Allain of Melvindale, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles Cunningham; brother, Leonard Cunningham and sister, Donna Wagner.
Visitation for Mel will take place on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 1:00 pm at St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church in Skidway Lake with Fr. Elias Chinzara officiating. Interment will follow at the Mills Township Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at


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Our sympathy to the Cunningham family. Memories last forever.
— Mary and Bruce Stauffer
Our condolences sent to Mary and Mel's family. Mel was highly respected in all the organizations he was involved in and will be greatly missed.
— Arnie and Debbie Engster
I am deeply saddened to hear of Melford's passing. I have many fond memories of the times that the Cunninghams, the Marshalls and the Bedals happily gathering together in our younger days. Melford was always great fun and larger than life to me. I am sure that the Cunningham family will miss his zest for life and his good nature. He was a lovely man. You have my heartfelt sympathy in suffering this great loss.

Deanna Douglas (Marshall)
— Deanna Douglas
Oh, the fond memories that I have of all the fun gatherings we had when the Cunninghams would come over to Canada and join the Marshalls and us Bedals for parties of all kinds. Anniversary’s, birthdays, weddings and lots of joking and laughter playing croquet at grandmas cottage at cedar beach.
I am so saddened by Melford’s passing. He was an inspiration to me. Such a great man!
My sympathy to his family.
— Mable (Bedal) and Gerry POUGET.
We are sorry Mary and family for the passing of Melford. He was a great man and we always enjoyed getting together with him and the family. It was great to be at his 90th birthday, and I enjoyed his birthday cards he sent each year. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
— Al and Sandy Marshall
We send our Deepest Sympathy to the Cunningham Family.
— Ray and Donna (Finnern) Ahlers
It has been a while since we have seen our Cunningham family across the way, but the memories of fun & laughter are still fresh in our minds. Melford was a good man who served his country and his community as well as being a good family man. We want to express our condolences to the family, especially this time of the holiday season! May his goodness & love of life be passed on to each of you!
The Bedal girls ....Sharon, Trisha, Cathy
— Sharon Hind
Best wishes to Mel's family
— Gayle Kinney

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