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DOWNEY – Downey resident William (Bill) H. Cunningham passed away on Feb. 21 at age 89.
He was born Jan. 15, 1923 in Huntington Park, where he was raised. After graduating from Huntington Park High School, he enlisted in the Army during World War II.
While stationed in Lake Charles, Louisiana, after attending a Methodist church service, he met his future wife Frances Ann Maxwell. After the war ended, he returned to Lake Charles where they were married.
They returned to Huntington Park and in 1948 purchased a home in Lynwood, where they lived for 51 years until moving to Downey in 1999.
He was employed by Pacific Bell telephone company for 35 years, performing numerous levels of phone repair and installation.
Bill and Frances were involved with Lynwood Methodist Church. He became active in many Lynwood civic matters and at one time was voted “Lynwood Volunteer of the Year.”
He is survived by his wife, Frances; brother, Donald; daughter, Carolyn; son, Stephen; daughter-in-law, Maria; and grandson, Brian.
He was laid to rest Feb. 27 at Rose Hills Memorial Park after services at Downey Methodist Church.
Published: March 01, 2012 – Volume 10 – Issue 46