Claude Cunningham Spokane
Memorial service for Claude Richard Cunningham, 78, was Sunday at Gonzaga Prep Chapel.
Mr. Cunningham died Friday from complications from pneumonia.
He was born in Windham, Mont., and raised on the family homestead near Galata, Mont.
When he was 19 he went to work for the Sunshine Mining Company in Kellogg.
In 1941, he enlisted in the Army. He served with the Army Air Force during World War II.
Mr. Cunningham moved to Spokane after the war and worked for Marshall Wells Hardware Co., while attending Gonzaga University.
He spent nearly 50 years in the wholesale hardware business, working for Marshall Wells and Jensen & Byrd in Spokane, and Erb Hardware in Lewiston.
He retired from Erb Hardware in 1988 as president and CEO. He returned to Spokane two years ago.
Mr. Cunningham was elected to the National Who’s Who of American Business and was a member of the Spokane and Lewiston chambers of commerce. He also served as organizer of several Lilac Festival activities.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Boughton of Covina, Calif., and Beverly Auston of Spokane; two sons, Daniel Cunningham of Woodbridge, Va., and Jeffrey Cunningham of Spokane; a sister, Donna Hatch of Salt Lake City, and 10 grandchildren.
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