Richard F. Cunningham

Published On: Feb 21 2013 05:42:51 AM CST

JANESVILLE ---Richard F. Cunningham, age 74, of Janesville, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center. He was born in Janesville, on March 14, 1938, the son of Harold and Helen (Campbell) Cunningham. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963, and married Claire Layden Bennwitz in Janesville on Feb. 12, 1966. She preceded him in death on March 2, 1999. He married Carol Larson Graves in Janesville on Sept. 27, 2002. He owned the Rock Valley Driver School, and had been a member of St. William Catholic Church. Dick loved college football and his passion was Notre Dame. He loved spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Cunningham of Janesville; 8 children: Connie (Dave) Davis of Janesville, Stephen Bennwitz of Mosinee, Coleen (Dar) Hoffman of Evansville, Tom (Jill) Bennwitz of Verona, Sally (Steve) Feeney of Evansville, Carol (Mark) Severance of Janesville, Peggy Cunningham of Janesville and Kathy (Rob) Driscoll of Littleton, CO; 4 step children: David (Jane) Graves of Janesville, Nanci (Robert) Marshall of Middleton, Amy (Michael) Rufo of Chicago and Peggy Graves of Madison; 26 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Therese (Terry) Stewart of Madison and Kay (Wayne) Brogelman of Mequon; special cousins, Tom (Sandy) Cunningham and Jerry (Lori) Cunningham both of Janesville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his first wife, Claire.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at ST. WILLIAM CATHOLIC CHURCH with Rev. John Auby officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00 noon at the church. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com