Past Wisconsin VFW State Commander Donald Otto Cunningham, age 83, of Madison, passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Comrade Cunningham served as Wisconsin VFW State Commander in 1988-89.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1930 in Madison, the son of Otto and Goldie (Dairy) Cunningham. He married Rosemary Gasser on May 20, 1951, at Truax Army Base. Don attended Madison East High School and entered the U.S. Army where he served in Japan and Korea. In 1950, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served until 1966, when he entered into a private business. Don was a founding member of the Galen Day VFW Post No. 7591 in Madison.
An avid sportsman, Don looked forward to annual trips to Jackson Hole with his brother and nephews, and enjoyed hunting and fishing in Colorado and Wyoming.
Don is survived by his children, Debra Wingfield, Theresa Soerens and Jeff (Cathie) Cunningham; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and brother, Milo Cunningham. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary Cunningham; his parents; step-father, Otto Schloemer; his granddaughter, Jeanette Peschl; grandson, Donald Peschl III; son-in-law, Larry Soerens; brothers, Loren and Byron; and sisters, Edna Rabuck, Donna Jean Thorpe and Geraldine Feist; and sister-in-law, Betty Cunningham.
Visitation and services will take place at Gunderson East FUneral Home, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison. Visitation will be Wednesday evening (July 2nd) from 5:00 until 7:00pm. Madison Day VFW Post 7591 will post the Honor Guard beginning at 6:00pm, and Pass in Review will commence at 6:30pm.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 3, 2014, with the Rev. Susan Schneider presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors performed by the Madison Veterans honors team. A meal and reception will be hosted at VFW Post 7591, 301 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, immediately following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Galen Day VFW Post No. 7591.
Online condolences may be made at GUNDERSON FUNERAL HOME Life Celebration Wall.