CROUSEVILLE - Kent Duane Cunningham, 64, died suddenly June 21, 2013, after a brief illness, at Maine Veteran's Hospice Center at Togus Medical Center, Augusta. He was born May 24, 1949, in Presque Isle, son of Charles Everett and Crystal Crouse Cunningham.
Kent was a graduate of Moorestown Senior High School, Moorestown, N.J., and the Culinary Institute of America, New Haven, Conn., where he trained to be a chef. Kent served in the U.S. Army
during the Vietnam War
, Feb. 25, 1971-Feb. 28, 1974, and was stationed at West Point, N.Y., were he managed the Non Commissioned Officer Club. After Kent's military service he was employed for many years in the food service and hotel industry working for Holiday Inns in the Philadelphia area and later for the Sodexho Marriot Dining Services at Fairfield University, New Haven, Conn., as well as for Bridgeport Board of Education, Bridgeport, Conn. Kent was an excellent chef and enjoyed cooking in his spare time.
Kent is survived by sister, Robin Cunningham; and sister-in-law, Rosemary O'Rourke of Martinsville, N.J. He was predeceased by his mother, Crystal Crouse Cunningham; father, Charles Everett Cunningham; and brother, C.E. Craig Cunningham.
A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Gray Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Prospect St., Caribou. There will be a brief reception after the services in the church dining room with committal services afterward at Hillside Grove Cemetery, Crouseville. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in his memory to
, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com