Dwain Smith Cheatham, 83, died July 1, 2015 at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was born June 21, 1932 in Byron, Wyoming to Raymond Barlow Cheatham, Sr. and Rebecca Inez Smith. He lived on Shell Creek until his marriage, attending schools in Greybull and graduating from Greybull High School in 1950. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lola Phyllis Asay; one brother, Clair Cheatham of Greybull; and his five children: Kim and his wife, Marie of Washington; Colleen Hawkins and her husband, Bruce of Arkansas; Kendel and his wife, JoAnn of Powell; Karl and his wife, Sally of Utah; and Camille and her husband, Sam of Alaska. His descendants include 22 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren with more on the way. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Guen Johannesen and Norma Jones and his brothers Raymond and Francis Cheatham.
Dwain served in the army as a Military Policeman for two years soon after his marriage in 1952. He received a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Education from Eastern Montana College in1961. He taught English for many years at Powell High School. He learned to fiddle in his late 50â€™s and was active in fiddling groups including The Travelors, performing with them even the night before he died. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper from his teens on into his 70â€™s. He loved writing poetry and visiting with family. He and his wife served a mission for the LDS Church to Nevada 1994 â€“1995.
His funeral will be Wednesday July 8 at 10 a.m. at the LDS Church at 525 West 7th Street in Powell with the viewing at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at the Odessa Cemetery in Shell, Wyoming. Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson Funeral Home of Powell.
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