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Jason Robert Cunningham

October 27, 1980February 1, 2019
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Jason, born October 27, 1980 passed away in Newport, Washington February 1, 2019 in a tragic car accident. Jason was one of the most incredible people to know. His smile and his laugh were so contagious that helped him make friends so easily. He had such compassion for all the things and people he loved. He was always willing to help all his family and friends when they needed him. He loved fishing and taking family vacations. He loved fishing the Columbia River for Walleye with his partner in crime Tricia.

Jason is survived by his spouse Tricia Hendrickson and their three beautiful children Jetta (9), Ryder (8), and Eden (3). He is also survived by his Grandfather Orville “Red” Cunningham, his mother Peggy Cunningham VandeVanter, stepfather Tim VandeVanter, his brother Rodney, Sonya their children son Nick, and daughters Karmen, Makayla, Sophia, Ava, three stepbrothers Josh, Ben, Joseph VandeVanter and his stepsister Lisa VandeVanter , her twins Ethan and Dylan. Also Doug, Sue Anderson, Bob, Alisa Smith-Anderson, their children Donovin, Journey, Esther, Michelle, Guy Fusmith. Cassie Anderson, Zach Moeser. His fishing buddy cousin Chancey . Special Friends Ron, Jennifer Stephenson, Dave, Dawn Corder and Rick Balbi. Numerous Aunts, Uncle and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his Grandma Dorothy, Aunt Norma and Uncle Jim. Jason you were a very special person to all your family and friends will miss your huge smile and contagious laugh.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, February 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jason Robert Cunningham

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Jennifer Stephenson

February 11, 2019

Everyone has a ‘Jason’ story. Some are about your kindness, most are funny and a lot about your hold-nothing-back commentary. Stories like when you got into Chancey’s truck and ate all his snacks, then threw the wrappers all over the seat. Or the time you wanted to fish on your lunch but didn’t have anything to put your bait in, so you used Wayne’s hard hat, to hold your dirt and worms. (Wayne wasn’t too happy about that but Ron sure got a kick out of it). Back in the day, when you and Ron built fence together, you two used to argue about who had bigger biceps and compare arms. Eventually, I think we actually measured them. You looked out for my boys out of town; I was grateful for that. First with Jayce in Missouri, ending with Tanner in Montana and many jobs in between. In 15 years, I can’t think of a single time, you didn’t have me smiling or laughing when I saw you. Your quick-wit and your humor delivered with silly grin are how I’ll remember you.

Ron Stephenson

February 10, 2019

I met Jason at Northwest Fence in 2004. He was just a youngster and always called me old man. We hit it off from the start. He was bending over showing me how to do tension wire one day and I decided to give Jim a kiss on the back of his head. He stood up and looked me in the eyes and said, " If you ever do that again I will kill you ". We both laughed. A few days later I felt a kiss on the back of my head. I knew we would be friends from there on out. I'm gonna miss ya buddy. This one hurts bad.RIP my friend.

Sarah Rychalski

February 9, 2019

Once you meet Jason you never forget him. When he would come visit us in the office at work he always made us laugh. He loved his kids and family so much. I remember him telling me about his daughter Jetta writing him notes and hiding them in his pants pockets and work briefcase. He would find them when he went out of town. He was such a proud Dad! He always seemed indestructible. I still cannot believe he’s is gone. He was a one of a kind guy. I will miss him dearly.

Roxanne LaCombe

February 9, 2019

It’s hard to think about being in this world without you, we may as well have been twins less then a month apart. Growing up we shared so many memories and experiences. I remember when I was babysitting Chancey and you’d come in flip the tv to MTV and turn the volume down so low only we could hear it. You’d grab the deck of cards and we’d play rummy til Grandpa woke up. You’d tell me about your wild adventures while I listened like you were a superhero. If I ever needed help you were first on my list! You were an amazing cousin, friend and person who will be missed by more people then there’re stars in the sky! Love you Roxanne

Tanner Stephenson

February 9, 2019

One of my favorite memories with Jason, was on one of our many trips to Montana. I had been in construction for only about a year at this point, so the tools I had were all hand me downs from my dad and brother and whatever else I could find. We were working on about a three story roof when Jason came up to check on how we were doing. He spotted the crappy little hammer I had and came up to me. He laughed so hard that I was using it and asked me if "I got it out of my little sister's tool box'". He got everyone laughing with that comment, myself included. He took my hammer and just flung it off this high building to the sound of even more laughter. I didn't mind, it was only for show to say I had a hammer, but it really had no practical use to me in our line of work. I just moved on to other things I could do on the roof. But Jason was always looking after me. After about an hour, he came back on to the roof and gave me his own brand new hammer and flat bar. He didn't have to at all, but that was the kind of guy he was. Most of my tools were his nice tools he owned and gave to me when he saw what I was working with. He always watched over me like I was one of his own and helped me become more confident and outspoken. He was a great friend and mentor to me. Even though you're gone, I'll always carry on your fun attitude on life, and your selfless nature. Rest in Peace Jason, you'll be missed.

Deanna Kazemba

February 9, 2019

Jason had a heart of gold, he always had my back and I will never forget him. I'm not going to say goodbye. I know you will always live on in my heart. Save some salmon for me to catch when I get there. Give Brett a hug for me. Love ya buddy.

Karmen Cunningham

February 9, 2019

Jason was the best uncle ever, i dont know what im do with out him. I loved him so much, even though i probably didnt say it enough. My favorite memory was at Christmas, when i open my present from Jason. It was a giant gum ball machine. I loved that thing so much, when my dad made me get rid of it i remember throwing a fit about it. I just wish i would have keept it. My heartbreaks every time i think about him. I miss him dearly.

Sally Cunningham-Doering

February 6, 2019

Jason was a great nephew and friend I am going to miss Jason's hugs and his tell the truth attitude. Jason will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him. Jason really knew how to let people know he loved and cared about them. I will always miss him. I love you Jason.

Rodney Cunningham

February 5, 2019

My brother Jason was one of the greatest men I ever knew Jason was a great father, uncle, son and brother he would do anything he could to help anyone who needed him I'm gonna miss you brother. Rest in peace love you we will fish together again someday.

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