Carl Cunningham, Sr., 1948-2021


Carl Cunningham, Sr., 72, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Franciscan Health in Michigan City, Ind.

He was born Oct. 22, 1948, in Linton, Ind., the son of Bruce and Delores (Hoops) Cunningham.

Carl was a very athletic person his entire life. He played softball, was a good pool player, and loved mowing his grass and gardening, playing Texas Hold ‘Em, bowling, playing euchre, roller skating, and fishing. His true passions in life were his wife, family and his dog “Yuna,” as well as his grand- puppies “Precious,” “Patience” and “Isabella.” He was a major Cubbies and Chicago Bears fan. He had a generous heart and was willing to help anyone. In essence, he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; two sons, Carl (Melissa) Cunningham, Jr., of La Porte and Troy (David) Cunningham of La Porte; three daughters, Kelly (Reese) Grage of La Porte, Karry (Jerry) Gray of La Porte and Brenda (Tom Rankin) Martin of Sparta, Tenn.; three brothers, Bruce, Randy (Alice) and Gayle Cunningham of La Porte; sister, Marsha Davis of La Porte; 13 grandchildren, Ashley (Ray) Rheinholtz, Kyle Crull, Tabatha (Bryan) Curless, T.C. Gray, Taylor (David Jones) Martin, Alan  Cunningham, Travis Cunningham, Dustin (Erik) Gray, Jersey Martin, Mary King, Cynthia (Ben) Campbell, Justin (Jessica) Kleine, and Chelsey (Brad) Pennington of La Porte; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends at Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, La Porte, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.  A life celebration will be held at the funeral home Thursday, Jan. 14, at noon with Pastor Bob Vale officiating. Interment will follow at Rolling Prairie Cemetery, Rolling Prairie, Ind. Pallbearers will be Carl Jr., Troy, Reese, Jerry, T.C., Bryan, Tom, Jamison, and Raymond.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, Ind. 46350.

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3 Responses to “Carl Cunningham, Sr., 1948-2021”

  1. Debra Spencer

    Jan 12. 2021

    My sincere condolences to you and your family, Karry!! You’re all in my thoughts and prayers!!!

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  2. Eric Mc Bride

    Jan 13. 2021

    Connie.. I am so sorry for your loss.

    In Gods Love
    Eric Mc Bride

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  3. Carolyn kopkowski

    Jan 14. 2021

    My Sympathy to you and your family. I can see the full life Carl had. Prayers for peace and comfort.
    Carolyn Kopkowski 🙏

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