DeWITT, Iowa — Charles R. Callahan, 89, of DeWitt, Iowa, died late Friday evening, July 22, 2016, at Country Manor, Davenport.
Charles Raymond Callahan was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Masonville, Iowa, to Lyman Patrick and Grace Helen (McMahon) Callahan. He was a graduate of Manchester High School. During World War II, Chuck served in the Navy as a machinist and gunner stationed in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. After his military service, Chuck became an electrician and became a lineman, progressing to foreman at Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. He retired in 1983 after 31 years of service. Chuck was united in marriage to Anna Belle Jaycox on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester. For much of their married life, the couple resided in DeWitt, where they raised their family. His wife preceded him in death Sept. 28, 2011.
He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt, and also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eugene McManus American Legion Post 238, DeWitt Volunteer Fire Department and DeWitt Nite Lions. Chuck was an avid wood worker and loved fishing, camping, boating, puzzles and oddball toys. He also enjoyed winters in Florida, reading the daily newspaper and westerns.
Surviving are children, Patricia Waack of DeWitt, Daniel (Denise) Callahan of Des Moines, Constance Miller of DeWitt, James (Mary) Callahan of Clinton, Susan (Jeff) Mossage of Aledo, Illinois, Catherine Callahan and Barbara (Larry) Mork of DeWitt, and Penelope (Lane Burgess) Callahan of Spokane, Washington; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Anne Kehrli of Ryan; a sister-in-law, Dolores Callahan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Chuck in death, in addition to his wife, were his parents, an infant son, a son, Michael, a grandson, Jerome William Waack, an infant grandson, Mork, brothers, Leon and John, a sister, Mary Harris, a son-in-law, Warren Waack, and brothers-in-law, John Harris and Marcus Kehrli.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 25, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. The funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, DeWitt, with the Rev. Paul Connolly officiating. Burial and military rites will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Christopher Miller, Jason Mork, Cody Mork, Timothy Callahan, Joseph Callahan, Nicholas Callahan, Matthew Callahan and Anthony Callahan.
Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.