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Dr. Charles "Chuck" Cunningham

CROUSEVILLE - Dr. Charles "Chuck" Cunningham, 87, died Nov. 1, 2012, at Maine Veterans Home, Caribou. Chuck was a loving husband, father, brother, farmer, professor and research scientist. Chuck was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Washburn, the son of Everett and Eula (Roberts) Cunningham.

He was a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and a Master of Science degree in agronomy; he later obtained his doctorate in plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis. While attending college at the University of Maine, Orono, Chuck entered the armed services and served with the Army as a sergeant in the 100th Infantry Division of the 7th Army in Northeastern France on the Rhineland during World War II. As a result of his military service, Chuck was awarded the Purple Heart and two Battle Stars. While receiving his Master of Science degree from the University of Maine, Chuck was appointed assistant professor of agronomy and taught specialized courses in potato production. Chuck was also employed by Maine Aroostook Potato Growers, Inc., Presque Isle, as the assistant manager of seed potato sales; for several years by Red Dot Foods, Inc., Madison, Wis., as assistant to the director of research; and then by Campbell Soup Co., Camden, N.J., as director of product development and research of plant breeding worldwide where he had a very successful career. Chuck was also a director of Potato Association of America and editor of the Potato Journal. Chuck lived with his wife, Crystal, and family in Crouseville for several years, moved to Madison, Wis., for seven years and then spent 25 years in Moorestown, N.J., before retiring to Kitty's ancestral home in Crouseville. Chuck loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to garden and was a voracious reader. For the past several years he served as president of the Salmon Brook Historical Society of Washburn.

He is survived by his son, Kent Cunningham of Crouseville; his daughter, Robin Cunningham and daughter-in-law, Rosemary O'Rourke, of Martinsville, N.J.; and his sister, Evelyn Woodman of Washburn. He was predeceased by his wife, Crystal; and his son, C.E. Craig Cunningham.

A memorial service will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Prospect St., Caribou. There will be a reception after the services in the church dining room with a burial service afterward at Hillside Grove Cemetery, Crouseville. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Salmon Brook Historical Society, 1267 Main St., Washburn, ME 04786. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com.

Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 5, 2012
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