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Donald E Cunningham

July 6, 1929 - July 10, 2012

Service Date July 14, 2012

Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., with services following at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Julie Norwood officiating. Interment will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2012 at Black Hills National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Rushmore VFW Post #1273 Honor Guard.

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Donald E. Cunningham, 83, Rapid City, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at his home. He was born July 6, 1929 in Lead, SD to Fred and Grace (Beach) Cunningham. He graduated from Rapid City High School and later entered the US Air Force Aug. 25, 1950 and was honorably discharged Aug. 21, 1954. Donald worked as an auto body repairman for 15 years and was a real estate agent for 22 years. He loved restoring classic cars and Studebakers were his favorite. He enjoyed being a member and past president of the Rapid City Studebaker Club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lifetime member of the Rushmore VFW Post #1273. Donald’s love of life was his wife of 60 years and his family. His love of music was the foundation of his family band which performed locally. The family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Donald’s memory. He is survived by his wife, Della; his son, Doug (Carol) Cunningham, all of Rapid City; 2 daughters, Donna (Steven) Kocer, Chamberlain and Darlene Goehring, Rapid City; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and his sister Dolores (David) Pengra, Katy, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Fred Cunningham. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at

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