Raymond W. "Critter" Cheatham, Jr.
- December 26, 1958 - May 12, 2012
- Marine, Illinois
of Raymond's Passing
Arrangements made by
Baue Funeral & Memorial Center
Memories & CandlesPrevious
“Happy 4th of July. I miss you and wish you were here. I love you and I need you more than ever. Yesterday on the way to work REO Speedway was on...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Drioane
“Happy father's Day!!! i sure do miss u so much, specially today. i love you so much this is not fair. i lost my best friend, my support and always...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: amanda cheatham - wood river, IL
“RayRay, What a...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Pamela Cheatham Layton - MO
I can't imagiine going through what you have to. We are very, very sorry to hear of your loss. I only met "Critter" a couple times but...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: JOE AND MARIA GEARON - FERGUSON, MO
“Ray , you will dearly missed by my sweet Jessica and her Big sister Christina and most of all by your lovely daughter. You were a very special part...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Morten - East Alton, IL
“Critter: You were one of the nicest men I ever had the pleasure to meet and know. We had so many nice talks together, both here at our house...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Laura Cheatham - Granite City, IL
“Crit: The last time we talked, you said "When are we going fishing?" We have had such good times fishing and hunting together. I'm...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Raymond Cheatham - Granite City, IL
“Ray Ray, do you know how much you are loved & missed? What a big part of our lives you are? I don't know what to do without you....You are a great...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Renee Crews - baby sister
“Renee and family,
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family and will continue forever. God Bless
9 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Giger/Doreen Ponder - troy , IL
“The Lord is our salvation and our strength in every fight, our redeemer and protector, our eternal guiding light. He has promised to sustain us, He's...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Brenda White - Mt Olive, IL
“Debbie, Amanda(s), Christina, Jessica: My connection is my BFF Debbie. We worked together at United and have remained best friends for ten years...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Barbara Infantino - Wentzville, MO
“You will truly be missed, I know three little girls that have to learn to live their life without their daddy and papa, oh and two hampsters as well....Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Conner - Vienna, MO
“I have known Ray Jr. only meeting him on a few occasions. I attend the New Creation Fellowship Church in Granity City, IL with his dad Ray Cheatham....Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Douglas Cook - Granite City, IL
“Like some of the others here, I only knew Critter online. He had such a keen wit, a good heart, and was always up for a good discussion, a game, or a...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Christopher Beck - Friend
“I spoke with him on the forum, he was one of the forum regulars. I did not know him personally. But it grieves me that a fellow Dad, husband and...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Preston D. Smith - Russellville, AR
“I didn't know him well but knew of him on matrix Games and The Wargamer forums and read his posts with interest.
He was a fellow wargaming...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Billy Riley - Fellow Wargamer
“I only knew Critter virtually, but he really tried to help me out when I was in need and I will always be grateful. Thanks for your help and I will...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Lloyd Sabin - West Point, NY
“From all of your fellow gamers, your wit and wisdom will be missed. You were an important part of our vast community, and we are all mourning the...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Brant - Raleigh, NC - Friend
“A fellow wargamer and military enthusiastic from The Matrix forums "Wodin" sends his deepest sympathy. Not sure we ever spoke as such but I know you...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Jason Rimmer - Liverpool UK
“I never met Roy in real life, but we had our conversations about games many times. It's been a real shock to hear Roy passed away so suddenly and...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Josh Andringa
“Debbie and girls, We're so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Ray just couldn't wait...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Dave & Sally Hartley - CO
“Ray was so proud of his daughters and step daughter. He was so over joyed every time we got Christina and Jessica. His face just lit up when he...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Debbie Drioane - Greenville, IL
Cheatham, Jr., Raymond W. "Critter", of Marine, Illinois, died on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the age of 53. Dear son of Raymond W. (Laura) Cheatham, Sr. and the late Edith Cheatham; devoted father of Amanda Cheatham; loving fiancé of Debbie Drioane; beloved grandfather of Christina Cheatham and Jessica Whitehead; dear step-father of Amanda Camp; dear brother of Mark Cheatham, Debbie Andrews and Renee Crews; Loving uncle and dear friend to many; also survived by his former spouse, Linda Conner. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Cassandra Cheatham and sister, Tammy Beatman.
He was employed as a Truck Driver, enjoyed fishing, computer games, playing with grandkids; proudly served in US Navy on the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Aircraft Carrier and was a plank owner as well.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans.
May 17, 2012
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Baue Funeral and Memorial Center
3950 West Clay Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
May 18, 2012
Baue Funeral and Memorial Center
3950 West Clay Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
Friday May 18 2012
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
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i remember riding in his grey buick with the radio turned all the way up with cassie and dad with acdc big ball. you would get in a car and i guess your body stayed with the motion of the air ride or something cause you always had a bobble head effect going on. you did always have a way to make me smile. recently in 2003 when we lost cassie couple months later you told me i was your rock and that i helped you. you taught me to be strong like a rock i love you dad!
Just a little over thirty years ago I married my best friend. We met while working at Pizza Hut way back in another time. He was my friend and I grew to love him so much, we really grew up together. We had so many dreams, as young folks do. We saved and bought our first new car together, and that was tough when interest rates were 19% with good credit. We lived in a mobile home that we outgrew, when I had Amanda in 1985. So we moved back to our old stomping grounds in Bellefontaine Neighbors, where we purchased our first house! We were very proud, and very pregnant with our little Cassie. We had the world by the tail and didn't even realize it then. We had two beautiful little girls, one that looked like me and one that looked like daddy. We had good jobs and we were all healthy, you know when we age we look back on those simple things and remeber when!!!
Just a little over thirty years ago I married my best friend. We met while working at Pizza Hut way back in another time. He was my friend and I grew to love him so much, we really grew up together. We had so many dreams, as young folks do. We saved and bought our first new car together, and that was tough when interest rates were 19% with good credit. We lived in a mobile home that we outgrew, when I had Amanda in 1985. So we moved back to our old stomping grounds in Bellefontaine Neighbors, where we purchased our first house! We were very proud, and very pregnant with our little Cassie. We had the world by the tail and didn't even realize it then. We had two beautiful little girls, one that looked like me and one... READ MORE →