Denny Cheatham, veteran WHIO-TV videographer, to be laid to rest Tuesday

Denny Cheatham, longtime WHIO-TV videographer

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Denny Cheatham, longtime WHIO-TV videographer

Denny Cheatham, a longtime WHIO videographer who worked for Channel 7 for 46 years, died peacefully Tuesday night. He was 75.

Mr. Cheatham had been suffering various health issues in recent years.

Born and raised in Dayton, Mr. Cheatham graduated from Colonel White High School and served in the Army before returning to WHIO-TV.

In the Miami Valley, he covered Dayton police, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, courts and crime-related news and stories.

Outside the Miami Valley, he covered political conventions and traveled to Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia among other places for news assignments.

His favorite story ever?

It was a trip out West to work on a dude ranch with a group of businessmen and attorneys from Dayton. He even put on chaps and rode a horse to fully immerse himself in the story.

Mr. Cheatham was known for giving people a hard time, in his kind-hearted way.

He retired in April 2009.

Mr. Cheatham was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan.

His viewing and funeral service is set for Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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