William Archer Cunningham
Will Cunningham, age 70, of Bellingham, Washington, passed away on April, 29, 2017, after a two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer.
For the record, he never looked or acted his age. To the end, Will had a true heart, loved life and his family, and was reluctant to leave.
Will was born in Tacoma, Washington, on November 30, 1946, to Bernice Ellen Cunningham and William Archer Cunningham, and older sister Gail, all deceased. As a teenager, he was active in high school sports, theater, and loved riding his old Vespa scooter. Will attended the University of Washington for a few years, until the railroad called his name. He worked first as a trainman for the Northern Pacific Railway, which later became the BNSF Railway. Will met his wife, Marne, in 1979; they were married at the Roeder Home in Bellingham on March 14, 1987. Soon after, the railroad offered Will an expense-paid tour of several states: Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas, and then Wyoming again. Over a 48-year career, he held a progression of positions at BNSF, and he loved going to work every single day.
In 1988 and 1990, his life was blessed by the births of his daughter Delaney, and his son Evan, respectively. He couldn’t have been prouder of his children and often said Delaney and Evan were the two best things he and Marne ever did together. Will’s support for his family was unfailing. He was totally immersed in the kids’ lives and activities—he was always ready for anything and was the source of the family’s most-memorable adventures.
Will is survived by his wife, Marne Evans; children, Delaney [TJ Telan] and Evan [Ashley Sutton-Daniels]; and niece, Laura Caswell [Clark]. Will had so many friends with so many stories to tell of how he touched their lives over the years.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Will’s family and friends on May 20, when these stories will be shared.
In remembrance, please consider donating to Pancreatic Action Network or Whatcom Hospice.