Mr. John Robert Callahan, age 84, of Cumming passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 2, 1929, in Lima, Ohio, and attended the University of Dayton on a football scholarship. While at the university, he was also a member of the ROTC.
Following graduation, he received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War
. Mr. Callahan moved to Atlanta in 1961 and began his career with Swagelok until he retired in 1993. He was an avid golfer and sportsman.
Mr. Callahan was preceded in death by his first wife, Adele Wise Callahan; and his brothers and sisters, Mary Jane Burns, Francis Callahan Jr., Patricia Steiner and Bertha Elizabeth Williams.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Callahan; children, Susan Callahan, Kevin and Joyce Callahan, Shaun and Kathy Callahan, Colleen and David Holbrook, Mary and Lavon Smith; step children, Trese Martin, Kay Aukerman, Jay Bersch, Steve Bersch and Dawn Hester; a brother, Thomas B. Callahan; grandchildren, Jesse Garcia, Robert, Michael and Claire Callahan, Tyler and Casey Holbrook, Roger Smith and Brittany Hastings; and numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
He was a special man that always had a smile on his face. He was a loving, generous man with a huge heart of gold.
The Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Duluth, with Fr. Jack Durkin as Celebrant. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 19, the hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the University of Dayton Scholarship Fund or to the
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.