Melford D. Cunningham
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
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
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 www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.