Born Aug. 18, 1936 in Akron, he was the son of Grady and Nila (Roberts) Cheatwood.
Mr. Cheatwood worked as a salesman for True Green Chem Lawn of Canton.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Taylor); son, Richard Jr. of Kent; daughters, Ruth Thompson of Ravenna, Chris Hendricks of Atwater, Michelle Maggio of Rochester, N.Y., Lisa Schroyer of Cuyahoga Falls, and Candi Hopkins of Akron; 10 grandchildren; and brothers, James and Donald of Kent, and Bill of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Thomas McCann officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron.