Francis Cundiff

Francis Cundiff

HOOPESTON – Francis E. Cundiff, 89, of Hoopeston passed away at 10:10 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 18, 2014) at Heritage Health in Hoopeston.

Francis was born Sept. 15, 1924, in Pilot Township, Collison, Ill., the son of John William and Emma Edith (Atwood) Cundiff. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Irene Spain, on Nov. 20, 1944, in Oakwood. She preceded him in death on April 1, 2008.

He is survived by two daughters, Marilyn (Danny) Shown of Searcy, Ark., and Marlena (Ralph) Depetris-Lusher of Benton, Ark.; two sons, Melvin (Marjorie) Cundiff of Royalton and Marvin (Patty) Cundiff of Brownsville, Ky.; one brother, Ted (Pat) Cundiff of Danville; one sister, June (John) McFarland of Fairmount; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Francis Cundiff Jr.; four sisters, Viola Cundiff, Grace Cundiff, Sarah Herriott and Marie Miller; and two brothers, Leslie and Jesse Cundiff.

Francis was a hard worker, giving his best in all that he has ever done in life. He grew up knowing and loving the Lord. Through his deep passion for the Father, he pursued his local preacher's license and enjoyed preaching in Watseka from 1952-1953 and later preaching at a church in Rankin. On the weekends, he filled in for the pastors in the Hoopeston area when needed.

While living in Hoopeston, he started working for Joan of Arc Canning Company and was employed by them for 32 1/2 years, until he retired in 1987. After retiring, he devoted all of his time in caring for Irene. During her illness, he became her full-time caregiver with no regrets.

Francis was a member of the Chestnut Street Church of Christ and Teamsters Union No. 26 in Danville. He enjoyed gardening, camping, puzzles and playing the harmonica.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Chestnut Street Church of Christ, with Pastor Sid Payne officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. He will be laid to rest 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Potomac Cemetery.

The family has entrusted the Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home in Hoopeston to assist them in honoring Francis' life.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Chestnut Street Church of Christ.

Memories or photos of Francis may be shared on his memorial page at