The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 20, 2013

Jesse Cundiff

The Commercial-News

---- — FITHIAN — Jesse Cundiff, 80, of Fithian, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, peacefully at his home.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1933, in Danville, the son of John and Emma (Atwood) Cundiff.

He married Betty Lou Sprague on Oct. 2, 1953, in Oakwood. They spent 60 wonderful years together, and she survives.

He will be deeply missed by his wife; two sons, Jesse (Roberta) Cundiff of Oakwood, Joe Cundiff of Fithian; one daughter, LaDonna (Blake) Boyles of Danville; two brothers, Frances Cundiff of Hoopeston and Ted Cundiff of Danville; one sister, June McFarland of Fairmount; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Les; and four sisters, Viola, Marie, Sarah and Grace.

He was a graduate of Armstrong High School and then pursued his love for seed and plants with Southern States Seed Company, later Garst Seed, where he retired after over 40 years of service. Jesse built the Nazarene Church in Oakwood and was the longtime superintendent. He loved mushroom hunting and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Jesse’s life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, with Pastor Dave Anderson officiating. A visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Oakwood.

Memorials can be made in Jesse’s name to the First Church of the Nazarene in Danville. Please join Jesse’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him through his Tribute Wall at

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