Obituary for Leon Cunningham, 94

October 28,1926 To May 19,2021,

Visitation
10 AM, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette

Funeral Services
11 AM, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette

Interment
Walnut Ridge Cemetery - Fayette

Memorials
Fayette Senior Center or Higbee Lions Club

Fayette resident, Leon Cunningham, 94, passed away peacefully at The Lodge on May 19, 2021. Chester Leon Cunningham was born in Hull, Pike County, IL on October 29, 1926, a son to Chester and Mayme (Bridge) Cunningham. He attended grade school in Hull, IL. Leon enlisted in the National Guard and served as a military policeman for several years. On August 5, 1956, Leon married the love of his life Mary Ann Raizen Greenough. Together they enjoyed nearly 51 years of marriage. Mary Ann preceded him in death June 4, 2007. Leon was a hard-working man who farmed most his life. He loved baseball. When he was younger, Leon was paid to play in weekend baseball and softball leagues. He also enjoyed watching his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Leon enjoyed fishing, playing cards and bowling. Survivors include his son, Curtis (Laura) Cunningham, of Highland Beach, FL; three daughters, Christine (Andrew) Diehls, of Huntsville, MO, Diana LeNoir, of Fayette, MO and Linda Daniels, of Columbia, MO; eight grandchildren, Preston (Rachel) Daniels, Charles (fiancée, Lisa) Daniels, Ethon (fiancée, Amanda) Daniels, Dalton LeNoir, Katrina (Hayden Oser) LeNoir, Chelsea Diehls, Cori (Lane) Best and Lexie Parr; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Leon was preceded in death by two sons, Chester and Craig Cunningham, son-in-law, Steve LeNoir, a brother, Sheldon Cunningham and a sister, Barbara Fassett. A funeral service honoring the life of Mr. Cunningham will be 11 AM, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette, with Rev. Mike Jackman officiating. Visitation will be an hour before the service starting at 10 AM. Burial will follow the service at Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fayette Senior Center or Higbee Lions Club, in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home, 174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248.