James L. Cheatham (1927 - 2011)

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  • "Mr. Cheatham was the most cheerful, seemingly peaceful, and..."
  • "To all the people expressing gratitude to my Grandfather,..."
    - Jason Richards
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    - Malia Hayward
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    - Karinda Perdon
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James L. Cheatham, 84, passed away in Seattle, WA on August 27, after recently being diagnosed with cancer. Jim was born August 11, 1927 in Tulsa, OK to Lottie and James L Cheatham 2nd. Jim married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Miller in 1949 and they had four children. Jim was a member of the US Navy toward the end of WW II. The family moved to Anchorage, AK in 1964 when Jim worked for the Bureau of Land Management, then settled in Juneau in 1974 where he worked for the Alaska Power Administration. After his retirement, Jim and Barbara stayed in Juneau where Jim followed his passion for fishing when he and Barbara owned and operated Puffin Charters, a charter boat business, for 18 years. In addition to boating, he and Barbara loved to travel the world and always made a point to learn about the local culture at each destination. Jim loved to share stories of his fishing days and of his travels. After his wife's passing in 2006, Jim became an active member of the Juneau Widowed Persons Group and the friendships he developed there were a very important part of his final years. Jim is survived by son Larry Cheatham of Seattle, WA; daughter Sherry Brooks (Herb) of Puyallup, WA; son Ken Cheatham (Ron Abernathy) of Fairbanks, AK; and grandsons Jason Richards of Anchorage, AK and Justin Brooks of Seattle, WA. He was preceded in death not only by his wife Barbara but also his firstborn son Loren. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to SE Alaska Senior Services or Hospice & Homecare of Juneau, both at 419 6th Street, Juneau, AK 99801, or to the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK 99801. Friends are invited to drop in any time between 2:00-4:00 on Saturday, September 17th for an open house celebration of Jim's life which will be held at Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby, in Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16, 2011