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Robert Edward Cunningham

October 14, 1927 — December 8, 2021

Robert E. Cunningham, Sr. joined his beloved wife, Willena in Heaven on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the age of 94 at his home in Perry after a brief illness. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Dighton-Marler Funeral Home of Perry.
Robert was born October 14, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana to George and Maude (McCoy) Cunningham. At the young age of 18 he was drafted into the United States Army. After discharge from the Army he joined the first United States Army Air Corp that soon became the United States Air Force. Where he would make his career and retire after 22 years of service to our grateful nation.
He and Willena Wilkerson were married on March 6, 1953 in Cobb, Oklahoma. They were blessed with 68 years before her passing in August of this year. Together they enjoyed going to dances in their earlier years and casinos in their later years. Robert also enjoyed fishing, sports, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Perry.
Survivors include his children, Robert Cunningham, Jr. and wife, Pam, of Perry, Oklahoma, and George Cunningham and wife, Lori, of Moore, Oklahoma; sister, Mae Orebaugh of Indianapolis, Indiana; five grandchildren, Barry Cook and wife, Kristie, of Perry, Oklahoma, Duain Cook and, wife, Caitlyn of Center Ossipee, New Hampshire, Bobby Cunningham and wife, Melanie, of Perry, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Schrider and husband, Mike, of Biddeford, Maine, and Tyler Smith of Moore, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren, Lillian, Bo, and Calvin Cunningham all of Perry, Oklahoma, and Henry and Asher Cook both of Center Ossipee, New Hampshire. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willena; parents; and two brothers, George and Earl Cunningham.
Visitation will be Monday, December 13, 2021 from 9AM to 8PM at Dighton-Marler Funeral Home of Perry. Family will greet guests from 5PM to 7PM. A Celebration of Robert’s life will be Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 2PM at the First Christian Church in Perry with pastor Joshua Bell officiating. He will be laid to rest beside his loving wife at Grace Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Barry Cook, Duain Cook, Bobby Cunningham, Allen Vaughn, Daniel McCollum and Cassie McCollum.
In place of flowers, the family is asking for memorial donations to be made to the First Christian Church of Perry in c/o Dighton-Marler Funeral Home, P.O. Box 189, Perry, OK., 73077.
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Service Schedule

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Visitation- with Family

Monday, December 13, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Dighton-Marler Funeral Home - Chapel

203 Fir Street, Perry, OK 73077

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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