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Joseph "Stanley" Cunningham

June 18, 1930 — September 4, 2015

Stanley Cunningham 85, of Kansas City, MO formerly of Rutledge, MO passed away on September 4, 2015, at Cameron Community Hospital, Cameron, MO. He was born on June 18, 1930, at Rutledge, MO the son of Earl and Cordonna "Dorsey" Cunningham. After High School he join the Army and was part of the occupation forces in Europe, near Frankfurt, Germany. After his time in the Army he returned to Memphis to marry Evelyn "Pampel" Cunningham, his wife of 63 years and to this union three children were born: Philip, Chris and Terri.

Following several years of trying his hand at farming, he moved to Kansas City in 1963 to look for work and was followed later in the year by his wife and 3 children. They started out living in the Northeast area of KC, and moved to the Northland, where they would live in the same house for the next 53 years.

During his last 20 years he walked his neighborhood daily getting to know just about everyone, asking them questions and showing interest in them. He kept people informed of the latest news and upcoming events. His work brought him in contact with Pleasant Valley Baptist Church during the late 80's and he felt drawn to the friendliness of the people he met, thus becoming a member: Making and keeping friends was very important to him and he maintained friendships with school mates throughout his life. His membership in PVBC was very rewarding and fulfilling. He always loved conversing with his church family and getting to know as many people as he could, just like in his neighborhood. He fulfilled his civic obligation with his work to help found and nurture the Northland Neighborhood Association. He especially enjoyed the people who made that organization possible. But of all his accomplishments, one that he secretly enjoyed was the fact that he personally trained about 100 young men in the art of carpet installation. Although he left the Union in 1981 he left behind a solid core of men who knew what they were doing in the business he loved. He always made time to talk to and help the men he came in contact with. He could easily spend hours talking about “old times” with other 'installers'. Some would suspect that many of the apprentices stuck out the training because of the cookies supplied (by Evelyn) on the last night of each session.

Everyone who met Stan found out real quick he loved to talk. There weren't many subjects that were off limits with him. Sports were his favorite, though. He loved Royals baseball and Chiefs football. He knew a bit about basketball, too, and loved to reminisce about his high school days on the outside court. Polities was another favorite subject but he could talk about many subjects for hours on end and didn't mind it when the subject changed. New faces were soon no longer strangers after a few minutes with him. He took Dale Carnegie's course to improve his public speaking which made him more outgoing. Not many would say that he didn't put that course to good use. When introducing himself he loved to tell people his name was “Stan The Man” like Musial for the Cardinals (his boyhood favorite team). It was hard to find someone he didn't like or someone that didn't like “ The Man”. Stan lived life like “ The Man” in many ways. It just might be said that he got the most out of the God given talents he possessed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn, sons Phillip and Chris and daughters-in-law, Marion and Tammy, daughter Terri, grandchildren Kelley, Evan, Emily, and Reed, and great-grandchildren Natalie and Reese along with other relatives and friends.

As per his wishes cremation was accorded and Memorial services will be held at the Pauline Cemetery at Rutledge, Missouri on Saturday afternoon, October 3, 2015, at 1:00 P.M. with Military Graveside Rites be provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V. F. W. Post # 4598 of Memphis and two members of the Missouri Military Honors Program. There will also be Eastern Star services provided by the O.E.S. Rutledge Chapter # 343 of Rutledge, MO and Masonic Rites provided by the Memphis Lodge # 16 A.F. & A.M. of Memphis, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the Rutledge Eastern Star # 343 or the Pauline Cemetery Association in care of Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.
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