Frank Jack Cunningham

Frank Jack Cunningham

It is with much sadness that the family of Frank Jack Cunningham of Oldtown, Idaho passed away on May 3, 2020.  Frank was 90 years old.  Frank had been a resident of Oldtown for many years.

How do you describe a man who was a bit of an enigma and lived life to the fullest?  Frank’s profession was as a lumberjack and maybe that explains him the best.  He loved being out in the woods, whether working, fishing, hunting, picking mushrooms, or just exploring.  Give him a strip with big trees, few limbs, and not too steep of ground and he was a happy man.  His life was full of rough and tumble friends who lived and played just as hard as he did.  Sometimes they may have partied a bit much but what would you expect of a bunch of modern day mountain men.

Frank worked through Washington and Idaho as a faller/sawyer.  He worked as a logger out of the Pierce-Headquarters area to include working the log drives on the Clearwater River.  He worked the last log drive before the closing of the drives due to the construction of Dworshak Dam.  He also worked out of Springdale and Newport Washington, and out of Stites and Grangeville, Idaho.  He also worked several seasons in Alaska.  It was in Alaska that he had a severe logging mishap and severely injured both legs which ended his logging career.  Frank ventured out of logging a time or two but always came back to being in the woods working at what he loved.

Frank could also be remembered as one who was willing to help out most anyone who needed it, whether it be family or friends. He was a long time member of the Newport Eagles and often volunteered his time at the Eagles in whatever capacity that they needed.  It was often thought he would give you the shirt off his back when that was all that he had.

Frank was the son of Harry and Lillian (Olson) Cunningham, both deceased.  Frank was also preceded in death by his three older sisters.  Harriett Wilder, Jean Yeaw, and Ann Dimico.

Frank is survived by his children; Mike (Leslee) Cunningham of McCall Idaho, David (Tami) Cunningham of North Carolina, Jeff (Karen) Cunningham of Newport Washington, Sari Iwanow of Tidewater Oregon, Barbara Cunningham-Quinn of Manchester Tennessee, and Frank (Karla) Cunningham of Newport Washington.  He has many grandchildren and great grandchildren to carry on his legacy.

Don’t mourn for Frank, he wouldn’t want that.  Just remember a hardworking, fun loving, kindhearted lumberjack who had a lot of friends and family who thought he was a very special and unique individual.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Priest River is in charge of arrangements.  Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at shermancampbell.com