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Obituary: Robert Joseph Cunningham

Robert (Bob) Joseph Cunningham, 81, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Odyssey Hospice in Las Vegas, Nev. Bob was born Oct. 27, 1930, to Thomas Joseph and Sarah Ann (Boyle) Cunningham in Pittsburgh, Pa., the youngest of seven children.

Bob proudly served in the Marines from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War as a sergeant. After his service, he met and married his wife of 57 years, Sarah Mae Doran. Bob went on to earn a degree in accounting at Duquesne University. He then began a long career mostly in the mining/oil and gas industries until his retirement in 1993 from Cyprus Amax as manager of administration in Bagdad, Ariz. During his retirement years, he resided in Prescott Valley, Ariz., where he enjoyed golfing, reading, watching Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers football, bartering tax preparation services, watching Westerns and visiting his family.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sarah; daughter Deborah Cunningham of Las Vegas; sons Robert (Julie) Cunningham of Charleston, S.C., Thomas (Sherri) Cunningham of Billings, Mont., and Michael (Michelle) Cunningham of Folsom, Calif.; and eight grandchildren, Blair, Bret, Geoffrey, Connor, Jordan, Kyle, Drew and Clare. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sarah, and siblings Thomas, John, Vincent and Martin Cunningham, Clare Klemm and Patricia Binder.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd., Boulder City, Nev. Memorials may be made to Those wishing to sign the guestbook may do so online at


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