James (Jim) Lee Cheatham 69 years old of Lee’s Summit Missouri passed away on May 6th 2021.
Jim was born on April 7th, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jim dedicated his life to being a faithful servant and protector of the United States of America and to its people including his family that he loved and risked his life daily for. Jim was a Eagle Scout and a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving the United States Navy on the USS Ranger in addition to combat time on land. Upon returning from the Navy, he served honorably with the Raytown Missouri Fire Department for over 10 years. In 1986 Jim was accepted by the Department of Treasury United States Customs Service (later Department of Homeland Security) of which he faithfully and valiantly served with honors for over two decades before retiring. In 2019 Jim answered the call of service again returning to duty as a Detective for the Pleasant Valley Missouri Police Department, of which he served until the day his watch ended. In addition, Jim was a commercial truck driver, arson investigator, and served briefly as a range master for local retailer Frontier Justice.
His loss to the law enforcement and firefighter community along to his family will never be adequately described in words. His work ethic and drive to serve and protect his country, community and family should be a beacon for tomorrow’s service people and first responders.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 32 years Deborah L. Cheatham, his father Clyde L. Cheatham, and his mother Lillian M. Cheatham.
Survivors include his brother Robert Cheatham (spouse Janice Cheatham) his daughter Jamie (Cheatham) Burkett (spouse Jason Burkett) his son Douglas Cheatham (Sherri Byram) his grandchildren Zachary Burkett, Hailey Burkett, Dylan Cheatham, Madison Cheatham, Kalynn Cheatham, Breann Cheatham and Allison Cheatham and one great grandchild Marcelino Gelpi.
Visitation will be 9 AM to 7:00 PM Wednesday May 12, 2021 at Langsford Funeral Home with Jim’s family attending from 4:00 – 7:00PM. Funeral services will be private due to Covid restrictions. Burial at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in the memory of Jim Cheatham to The Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team or to the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission S.A.F.E. Fund.