Funeral services for Albert Jay Cheatham of Lovell were held March 9 at the Greybull/Basin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Albert, 61, died March 3 at the Hospice House of Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born June 7, 1950, in Basin, the son of Raymond and Carrie Cheatham. He attended elementary schools in Greybull and Shell before the family moved to Basin in 1966 where he completed his schooling and graduated with the Basin High School Class of 1968.
Albert was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam from 1969-71.
He married Connie Turner July 1971. After his discharge from the Army, Albert attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie where he completed a vocational program. He worked at Cloud Peak Motors in Greybull before moving to Lovell where he worked for Murphy Ford for many years.
Albert married Patricia Diane Jares Aug. 24, 1990. They were members of the LDS Church and served the church in various positions in the Lovell Ward.
Albert worked as a truck driver and mechanic for Big Horn County Road and Bridge until 2011 when he retired due to illness.
An avid outdoorsman, Albert loved camping, hunting, fishing and Dutch oven cooking. He was an accomplished photographer, was skilled in the art of woodcraft, could fix anything that was broken, and always kept a garden and preserved what he grew.
His parents and his wife Patricia in 2005 preceded him in death.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Albert Dean and Michelle Cheatham of Gillette; two brothers, Robert A. Cheatham of Springville, Utah and Dennis K Cheatham of Sidney, Neb.; three sisters, Barbara A. Hall of Greybull, Carol L. Cheatham of Kannapolis, N.C. and Linda K. Somerville of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Burial with full military rites was in the Odessa Cemetery.