Posted By Sparta Live | September 27, 2007 12:00 am
Mark T. Cheaney, Mountain Echo editor, passed away in Iron County, Sept. 8, 2007 at the age of 54, following his battle with cancer.
Cheaney started his career at The Mountain Echo Newspaper, in November 1990, as a sportswriter and was named editor in January 1993. He had served the paper and the community in this capacity since.
He was a 1971 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School and attended college at Southwest University, in Springfield, and also in Portland, Ore. He was in the U.S. Army three years, serving most of his time in Korea.
In addition to his career at the newspaper, Cheaney published several short stories, numerous poems, and was the editor and writer of a veterans’ newsletter in Springfield. He also co-authored an original radio script for Silver Dollar City, wrote songs and was working on a book.
Cheaney will be remembered most by his readers for his ‘Take Cover’ columns relating stories of his childhood growing up in the Arcadia Valley, to taking his readers on imaginary trips.
Mark is survived by two sons, Dustin and Michael Cheaney, of Ironton.
Funeral services were Sept. 12, 2007, at Ste. Marie du Lac Catholic Church.