Graveside funeral services for Clair Cunningham, 89 year old Buffalo, Wyoming and former Worthington, Minnesota man who passed away Thursday evening at his home in Buffalo, will be held Saturday November 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Worthington Cemetery with Reverend Dr. Martin Lucin officiating. The Worthington VFW and American Legion will be in charge of military graveside rites. Donations in Mr. Cunningham's memory may be made to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico or the Johnson County Library in Buffalo, Wyoming in care of the Adams Funeral Home Chapel at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo, Wyoming who are sharing arrangement responsibilities with the Benson Funeral Home of Worthington.
Clair Lynn Cunningham was born on June 11, 1921 in Worthington, Minnesota to Harry and Alice (Smith ) Cunningham. He grew up in Worthington and graduated from high school in 1939. In 1940, while attending college, he enlisted with with the National Guard. After 18 months on Kodiak Island, Alaska, he returned to the States and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Clair served during WWII and was in action in the European Theater. After the war he returned home and enrolled at the University of Oregon. Once again he was called to active duty and served during the Korean Conflict. After Korea he was with the Strategic Air Command and Military Air Transport and once again he was called to active duty and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. Clair was a flight engineer in all of his deployments. Clair retired from the military after serving a total of thirty-seven years. After retirement he moved to Reno, Nevada where he was a flight instructor and gun smith. Clair moved to Wyoming in 1985 and lived in Buffalo until passing away at his home on Veteran’s Day.
He was a staunch conservative and loved to debate politics. He was an avid outdoorsman and a strict conservationist. He was a crack sharp shooter who won many medals shooting for the Air Force Team. Clair was a lifetime member of the NRA and loved to hunt.
He is survived by one sister, Harriet Ostermann of Spirit Lake, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.