Vera Katheryn 'Kay' Cheetham

Monday, November 5, 2018

Vera Katheryn Cheetham was born July 17, 1924 in Fillmore, Putnam County, and departed this life Nov. 1, 2018 in Carmel, Hamilton County, at the age of 94.

"Kay" was the daughter of Clarice Irene Bunten and Ollie Earl Sutherlin of Putnam County and sister to Kenneth Beryl Sutherlin and Betty Joan Sutherlin Cole.

She was preceded in death by Clarice, Ollie, Kenny, Betty and her husband Bob.

Kay's early years were spent in Putnam County on the farms of her grandparents, Charley and Fanny Bunten and James and Eldina Sutherlin, where she and her siblings enjoyed the attention of a myriad of relatives.

On Aug. 30, 1947, Kay was joined in marriage to Robert Allen (Bob) Cheetham, son of Herbert Samuel and Launa Marguerite (Rosemeyer) Cheetham, in Indianapolis. To this union was born five children, Linda Sue (Mark) Richardson of Longmont, Colo., Robert Dale (Stephanie Glidden) of Indianapolis, Christopher Allen (Cheryl Petty) of Anderson, Bryn Ellen (Bob Mellott) of Westminster, Colo., and Dean Russell (Candy Cattron) of Carmel and daughter-in-law Becky Whetstone Cheetham.

During their journey together, Kay and Bob lived in Lafayette during Bob's undergraduate days at Purdue. They lived in Anderson, where Bob worked at Delco Remy and Kay worked for the City of Anderson and where they both worked as realtors. They retired to Chattanooga, Tenn., where Bob worked for TVA and then Spring City, Tenn., where they enjoyed lake living with their family and friends on the Watts Bar Lake until Bob's death in 1997.

Kay leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Andy, Megan, Morgan, Casey, Jordan, Jamie, Christen, Cam, Cody, Jason, Courtney, Micayla and Miranda and her cherished great-grandchildren, Bryce, Colin, Aria, Maren, Avery, Savannah, Chloe, Baylie, Ayden, Sadie, Brayden and Henry, and many nieces and nephews.

A service was held on Monday, Nov. 5 at Crown Hill Funeral Home in Indianapolis.