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October 16, 1943 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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HUBBARD Ernest Cunningham, 80, passed away peacefully at home Thursday morning December 7, 2023 with his loving wife by his side. He was born October 16, 1943 in Masury, a son of Robert and Florence Warren Cunningham.
Mr. Cunningham attended Youngstown State University and was a maintenance superintendent for Niles Manufacturing for 14 years, retiring in 2013. He previously had worked for 12 years at Bliss Manufacturing as a maintenance supervisor and as a millwright for 22 years at U.S. Steel. In addition, he owned and operated Double C's Riding Stable and worked on many private construction projects over the years.
Ernie was an active member at Corner House Christian Church for over 72 years where he led music, directed the choir, and loved to play trumpet, guitar and sing. He was an elder, bible study teacher and planned and led the “Saturday Night Sing Along” at New Life Christian Fellowship with his wife Kay. Ernie also enjoyed playing music at nursing homes and for patients at the hospital. He became a pastor and baptized many people, including children and grandchildren. He performed many wedding ceremonies and funerals in the area.
Ernie coached little league for many years and produced multiple championship teams. He played the guitar and trumpet in local bands, loved boating, golfing, bowling, beekeeping and riding his motorcycle. He loved to travel and made cross-country road trips many times.
He is survived by his wife, the former Kay Schotten, whom he married April 9, 1962; three sons, Ernest Cunningham Jr. and his wife Marjie of Brookfield and their three children, Ernie III and Dawn Cunningham, Dianah and Brad Likens, and Amanda and Wyatt Marks; Jeffrey Cunningham of Pittsburgh and his son Nathan Cunningham; Russell Cunningham and his wife Margo of Hubbard and their five children, Vincent, Brittney, Ashley and Katey Cunningham, and Ashley Miller; eleven great grandchildren.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William and Robert Cunningham and three sisters, Isabelle McClung, Louise Scutillo and Olive Roman; and grandson Roger Miller Jr.
A memorial celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 20th from 5 to 9 pm at Corner House Christian Church, Hubbard, Ohio, with tributes and music starting at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be followed by general celebration and laughter.
Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Cummins Funeral Home.
Please visit www.kcummins.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.