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December 12, 2013

John Bryan‘JB’ Cundiff

John Bryan Cundiff, “JB”, 95, of Terre Haute, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. He was born on May 26, 1918, to Winston H. Cundiff and Hattie (Glenn) Cundiff. John, or as his friends called him “JB”, studied mechanical engineering and sang in the Glee Club at Rose Polytechnic before serving as a 2nd Lt. in the 9216 Technical Services Unit of the United States Army Rail Road Corps, served in Iran and was honorably discharged in November of 1945.

He was a railroad engineer for 40 years with the New York Central Railroad, retiring from Conrail in 1978. For a number of years, JB was the local chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He was a member of Maple Avenue United Methodist Church for 40 years, where he also sang in the choir. John was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 972 and a distinguished past-president of the Greater Terre Haute Kiwanis’s Club, serving as the Pancake Chairman for many years. He enjoyed reading, traveling, his pets, golfing, his family and especially his grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Margret Elizabeth (Bicknel) Cundiff; second wife, Martha Kelsey Phillips-Heustis; third wife, Ruth (Bennett) Anderson; daughter-in-law, Cathy Cundiff; brother, Winston H. Cundiff II; sister, Patricia A. Cundiff; and a niece, Claire E. Lewis.

He is survived by his sons, John B. Cundiff Jr. and Robert G. Cundiff; daughter, Lisa C Ewing (William); brother, Thomas W. Cundiff (Maxine); grandchildren, Rachel Goldman, Michael Cundiff, Emily Massey, Jordan Cundiff, Bill Cundiff (Beth), William Ewing, Martha Fuerst (Jacob), and Andrew Cundiff; and three great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. in DeBaun Funeral Homes Springhill Chapel, 85 E Springhill Drive. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pastor David Rockhill will be officiating. Online condolences can be made at:

www.debaunfuneralhomes.com

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