We Say Goodbye To Our Team Leader

The staff and family that make up KCHI Radio are in mourning over the loss of our leader, boss, owner and friend.  Dan Leatherman passed away Sunday morning at his home; he was 57-years-old.  Dan and his family moved to Chillicothe when he bought the station in April of 1996.  Dan loved small town/small market radio and saw the value of radio to the local community.  He strove to grow the station through improvements and the staff.

“Think local!” was Dan’s focus in the news and sports.  He often said, “If it’s important to the local community, cover it and tell them what they need to know.”

Dan was active in the community, including membership in the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and at one point serving as its President.  He was instrumental in creating Chillicothe’s Freedom Festival, providing a celebration and fireworks for the community for 15 years.

Dan called KCHI Chillicothe’s Biggest Cheerleader! He supported numerous not for profit organizations in the community through public service announcements that were aired at no charge.  He saw the importance of giving the youth in the community the recognition they deserved, encouraging coverage of school activities and events, as well as 4H and FFA. He also provided the annual Leatherman Communication Scholarship for an area senior to study broadcast communications in college and partnered with a local bank to provide the ‘A’ For Achievement Scholarships each year.

KCHI Radio will continue to serve the community in the same way Dan felt was so important.

A Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, 10:00 am at Saint Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe.  A Parish Rosary is Wednesday at 4:00 pm followed by a visitation until 8:00 pm. at Heritage Funeral Home in Chillicothe.

13 comments

  • KATHRYN STUVER KING

    What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. Chillicothe was lucky to have him.

  • Im very sorry to hear of you loss i will still listen to you because he would want it that way may he rest in peace

  • Karen (Shannon) Burton

    Dan (and his family) was a huge asset to Chillicothe. He was a great man who contributed in so many ways that most folks aren’t even aware. He has left a huge hole in the leadership of Chillicothe and Livingston County. Prayers for his family, friends, co-workers.

  • He will be missed… he treated everyone with respect. It hurt to his picture. Just hard to believe. Will pray for his family!!!

  • Holly and Jeff Minnis.

    We always admired Dan. He had a wonderful personality and love for the community. Prayers for his family and radio family. He will be missed.

  • I did several commercials with Dan when I worked at Grand River Inn. He was so fun to work with and every time I saw him he would call out my name! Will always remember that voice

  • Chillicothe just lost a great man and community leader. He will be missed and ha a great family.

  • Dan was a great friend and will be missed by the community and friends. He was a great community leader and did great things for the community. Prayers for his great family.

  • I was just informed that my former boss at KCHI in Chillicothe Dan Leatherman suddenly passed away on Sunday. Not only was Dan a great owner, salesman, and businessman, but more important than all those trivial things, he was a great family man, father, husband, and friend.

    We might not have always seen eye to eye on things, but I’m going to miss his charm, corny jokes, and love of the same movie lines we use to quote back and forth driving the other staff insane !!!

    I’ll always be thankful for the opportunity he gave me in radio and for all the valuable trades he taught me along the way.

    My condolences go out to his fabulous wife Patti, sons Daniel and Parker Leatherman, and daughter Maggie. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God ease your pain and sorrow knowing that Dan is looking down on you all with love, joy, and pride

  • Dan was a great friend and community leader. He will be missed greatly by many. Prayers go out to his great family.

  • So sorry to see this. I did not know him personally but would see him all over town. He will be missed by Chillicothe.

  • Dan was a Blessing to this area! His smile and kind personality will be missed! Prayers to his Family and his KCHI Family.

  • Shane and Kathy Midgyett

    Maggie was in my daughter’s class and LOVED Dan! She was very shocked by the news and her heart and prayers go out to Maggie as she knows how extremely close she was to her father. May God surround this family with peace and comfort during this time.

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