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Raymond Wendell

April 9, 1943 – September 1, 2018

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Obituary for Raymond Wendell Cunningham

Raymond Wendell Cunningham of Windsor, Colorado, born April 9,1943 passed away peacefully on Saturday, September first, at the age of 75, just one day after what would have been his and Kathy’s 50th wedding anniversary. Kathy died October 13, 2016.

Ray was an excellent student from junior high through college. He was always on the honor roll and belonged to several clubs. He graduated from Dunbar High School, Dunbar, WV in 1961. In college Ray was a member of the Male Chorus, served as President of his Junior class and was elected Student Body President his senior year. Ray graduated with honors and received a BS degree from Olivet Nazarene College in 1965 where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. In 1968 Ray received a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. While at the university of Michigan Ray met his soulmate, Kathy VerDuyn Tack, and on August 31, 1968 they were married in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they resided until 1974.

Ray first worked at Parke, Davis and Co., a Pharmaceutical company, then accepted a position with the Commission of Professional and Hospital Activities. In 1975 Ray and Kathy moved to Ft. Collins, CO. where he became regional manager for the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care. Ray moved up to the No. 2 position, then in 1980 was recruited by the American Medical Society to head the division of Medical Society Relations. This position required Ray and Kathy to move to the Chicago area. In 1984 Ray went to work for the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as Director of government affairs. After 11 years with AAD, Ray decided to follow his passion for interior design and returned to school. In 2000 he went to work for a design company, then in 2004 he launched Cunningham Interiors, and in 2008 Ray decided to officially retire.

During his years in the Chicago area, Ray was involved in community activities. He sang in his church’s choir, served on Olivet Nazarene University’s Alumni Board and the Board of the Chicago String Ensemble; was a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and the President’s Advisory Board, Judson University (Elgin, IL). He also served several years as an English as a second language tutor in Elgin.

After 34 years in the Chicago area, Ray and Kathy moved back to Windsor Colorado for their final years. Ray was a people person; he loved people and they loved him. He stayed in touch with classmates from all the schools he attended and visited many and enjoyed visits from many
friends, He organized reunions of classmates and after retirement found many new relatives through ancestry.com and got them together for a reunion.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Dr. R.W. Cunningham & Sara Arletta (Kendall) Cunningham, His beloved wife Kathy VerDuyn Tack Cunningham and his brother Rev. Dr. Barry Kendall Cunningham. Ray is survived by his sisters-in-law Marion Cunningham and Cyndie Warbelow Tack, his brother in law Steven Tack; His nephew Barry Cunningham (Michelle) and children Barry, Mylee and Rylee; niece Cynthia (Cunningham) Montgomery (Chiumbo) and their children Tiana and Kendall; niece Kaarin Willy-Lou Tack (Sam Morris); and nephew Brett Tack (Lindsay).

Ray’s Memorial Service will take place Saturday, September 29th at 2p.m. in the Sanctuary at Winnetka Covenant Church, 12000 Hibbard Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091.

Donations or gifts can be made to ONU Scholarship Fund in the name of Ray Cunningham/ The Great Class of 65, One University Avenue Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914.

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A Private Family Service will be held at a Later Date.