John Jay Cunningham

June 02, 1951 ‒ January 23, 2020

Marion, Ohio

John Jay Cunningham, age 68 of Marion, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

John was born in Marion on June 2, 1951, the son of Lewis Cary and Donna Delores (Marsh) Cunningham.

John was a hard worker and provided for his family by working many years at Whirlpool and also at HP Manufacturing in Delaware until his retirement.

On September 19, 1989, John was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Tyler. They celebrated 30 years of marriage this past September.

John was an avid golfer and enjoyed being outdoors. He will be remembered as  a grand lover of life with an artistic gift of drawing and lived his life in such a way that generosity defined who he truly was. To John, family was always number 1 and being able to spoil his grandchildren gave him great delight. The holidays were always a special time in the Cunningham household because it meant that the entire family would gather together.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Patricia “Pat” Cunningham; children: Kimberly Rife, Paul Lewis (Shannon) Cunningham, Donna Carroll, Catrina (Curtis) Easterday and Amanda Stoneburner; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his father and step-mother Lewis and Marilyn Cunningham; siblings: Donald Cunningham, Jim Cunningham and Helen Phelps and sister-in-law Diana Carroll.

John is preceded in death by his mother, Donna Cunningham and brothers: Walter Carroll and Steve Cunningham.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 10AM to 12Noon; funeral service will immediately follow at 12Noon with Pastor Keith Irey officiating.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving John’s family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • John a great man and friend. We will miss him. Prayers to family & friends at this time.
    The Stewarts
    Jim & Judy

  • Thank you for teaching me, through all the philosophical books you read to me, that concepts expand past many galaxies. And thank you for sharing your creativity (different voices for different characters) by reading literally hundreds of comic books to me. I am thankful for all of the times we had together; building snow igloo, playing kickball, playing cards and games, watching all of the Star Wars movies together, lol fishing. For the wholehearted time that my father shared with me as a little girl is what I will forever feel immense gratitude. I am very proud to have been born a Cunningham.

    Your daughter Kimberly.

  • Words cannot began to say what you mean to me! I am beyond grateful for the many years that you shown me what a dad was. The impact you have on my heart will be forever, and carried to give my children. You are and will be missed dearly.

    Love Curtis and Catrina Easterday

  • What a gentle and kind soul, John was to have here at Genesis. May he be rewarded in Heaven by our Lord & Savior for serving Him so well, while on this earth! My thoughts and prayers are with you Catrina, your sisters , Mom and Helen and for the entire family at this time.

    • Thank you so much Diane..!words can’t even began to say what a great man he is and was. Thank you to all of his church family, for everything❤️

  • Thank you for coming into our(Pats)life. You were a blessed Angel we all needed. You will be greatly missed and thot of daily. You were the GREATEST man around. You were the most kindest human on earth thank you for making our lives whole. Love you! Evan’s family

  • Words can’t even begin to express the way I feel about this man. I an so very thankful that he was places in our lives when he was. He took all 3 of us girls on as his own and never treated us no different than he did his own 2 children. He thought me so much through the years I can’t and dont want to name just one thing that I learned from him cuz it was all great tool to help me through life. Gone but never forgotten. R.I.P.Daddy ( John Jay Cunningham)

  • Lewie and Marilyn, please know we will be praying for your family at this time. I’m glad you reminded me of John’s passing this past Friday. Know that Jesus will extend to your family His hand of comfort and peace. Rev. David and Janet Lippert

  • Cunninghams,
    I am so sorry to hear about John. He was always such a nice guy. I have many memories of going to Donna and Lewie’s at Indian Lake, Lincoln Ave and lastly Fort Wayne with my Mother, Ruth Ella.
    Again, I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers for Lewie, Helen Sue, Paul and Kim (You two were so little the last time I saw you) and the rest of the family.

  • To Pat, Trina, Donna, Amanda, Paul, and Kim, Matthew, and his many other family members: My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the coming days, months, and years! He is looking down on you and I know he’s so proud of the family that he had. I had a conversation with him at the Popcorn festival and he told me how much he loved his family. Love you all, Cathy (Larch) Warren and family

  • Im so sorry for loss. John was my father n law. He was one of the most kind hearted people that i had the pleasure to say was my family. He always made me feel welcome wherever we were at. He always welcomed me with a hug and was so. Kind to me. Being married to his son paul, he has made such an impact on his life. John you will be dearly missed but god knows he got a wonderful man to watch over all of us. Rest in heaven!!

  • I didn’t know John very well, but the little times I was blessed with his presence, I could see a good family man and a very caring person towards his fellow man. Thank you for that, John. Sorrow is shared with you Don, Helen, and the rest of your family.
    Peace, Don