Robert Estes Cundiff, 89, of North Vernon died at 6:08 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019, at Majestic Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service with the Rev. Marvin Wright officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Friday, May 17, 2019, from 4 until 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Masonic memorial services will be conducted by members of North Vernon Masonic Lodge at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019.
Burial will be at Butlerville Cemetery.
Mr. Cundiff worked as a security guard for the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center in Butlerville for 36 years before retiring in 1992. He was also a bus driver for Jennings County Schools for 26 years. Mr. Cundiff was a 50-plus year member of North Vernon Masonic Lodge #59 and attended Otter Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, and listening to Sunday morning gospel and had played on the Grand Ole Opry with Johnny Cash and Minnie Pearl and recorded records.
Born May 8, 1930, in Columbia, Kentucky, Mr. Cundiff was the son of Robert and Lalie Franklin Cundiff. He married Anna Mae Kuntz April 1, 1950 in North Vernon and preceded him in death October 11, 2006.
Survivors include sons, Terry (Darlene) Cundiff of North Vernon, Kerry (Connie) Cundiff of Liberty, Kentucky, and Robert Cundiff of Louisville, Kentucky; daughters, Judith Ann (Reggi) Ross and Pamela J. (Billy) Gosman, both of North Vernon; brothers, L.T. "Joe" (Ruby) Cundiff of Scottsville, Kentucky and Elwood Cundiff of Louisville, Kentucky; grandchildren, David (Kim) Thomas and Derek Gosman, both of North Vernon, Amanda Earl of Scipio, Rebecca (Josh) Gatewood of Westport, Kara Gosman of Westfield, Darin (Rachyl) Cundiff of Liberty, Kentucky, and Sean (Lacey) Cundiff of Lancaster, Kentucky; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Cundiff was preceded in death by brothers, Stanley and Ralph Cundiff, and sister, Ruby Chelf.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County.