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Nov. 29, 1925 - Oct. 1, 2016 KINGWOOD, TEXAS Dr. Leon Glenn Cunningham, 90, passed away October 1, 2016 in his Kingwood, TX, home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vail and Fontella Cunningham; wife of 61 years, Phyllis; and their son, Douglas Cunningham.Leon is survived by many friends and family, including: daughter Cindy Baehl and husband Joe; grandson Stephen Baehl and wife Katie; great grandchildren Ethan and Victoria; and his brother Dean and wife Elaine. We sorely miss him, but are thankful for our time with him in this life. Leon was everyone's friend, whether he'd known them for 5 years or 5 minutes. He always had a good joke or a story ready for the telling.Leon dedicated his life to the service of his country, his family, and his community. Born Nov. 29, 1925 in Britton, OK, he was only 17 (and still a few pounds shy of the cut-off weight) when he joined the US Army Corps of Engineers. He served in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II, where his experiences ranged from soldering tanks together and building airstrips to chasing an injured panther into the jungle at night.He married Phyllis July 12, 1947, and graduated Carver Chiropractic College in Oklahoma City in 1950. In 1961, he brought his family to Woodward, OK, where he built a chiropractic practice that thrived until his 1994 retirement. He and Phyllis enjoyed their shared love of the OU Sooners, gardening, and traveling during their 61 years of marriage. They saw much of the world: from China and Singapore to destinations throughout the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, and Europe.Leon actively served his community through the Masonic Lodge. He entered apprenticeship in 1951; was raised to Master Mason in 1952; inducted as a Knight Templar in 1992; admitted into Shriners International in 1993; and became a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason in 2000. He contributed generously to Shriners Hospitals and to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., and he served as president of Rotary International in Woodward, where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. A memorial service will be held in Kingwood for close family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children .
Published on January 20, 2017
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