The Rev. Joseph Robert Cunningham Jr.

January 13, 2009|By JACQUES KELLY

The Rev. Joseph Robert Cunningham Jr., a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor, died of cancer Jan. 5 at his Springfield, Ill., home. The former Northwood resident was 69.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Oliver Street and on Woodbourne Avenue, he was a 1956 City College graduate who earned degrees at Concordia Junior College and Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.

He was ordained a minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Loch Raven Boulevard in 1965 and was a missionary who founded congregations throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He retired five years ago.

A memorial service will be held Friday in Springfield.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Judith Trinklein; a son, Kirk Cunningham of Springfield; a daughter, Kathleen Cunningham of Chicago; his mother, Erma Knepper Cunningham of Baltimore; two brothers, Wilbur E. "Bill" Cunningham and David M. Cunningham, both of Baltimore; a sister, MaryAnne E. Cunningham of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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