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Roy John Callahan, 84, a native of Napoleonville and resident of Houma, died at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013. A prominent local businessman, he owned and operated South Louisiana Seed Co., Inc., established in 1932. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral time Monday at St. Francis Cathedral in Houma. A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the cathedral. There will be no burial following the service as, per his wishes, his body was donated to the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans for research purposes.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Annie Sweeney Callahan; children, David John Callahan, Stephen Patrick Callahan, Laura Callahan Poole and her husband, Jimmy, Robert Joseph Callahan, Don Christopher Callahan and his wife, Wendy, and Maria Callahan McClain; grandchildren, Lacey Callahan Fangue, Ian Sebastian Callahan, Blair Callahan Lapeyrouse, Blake Thomas Picou, Matthew David Callahan, Rachel Emma Picou, Isabel Margaret Picou, Catherine Laura Picou, Grant Callahan McClain and Landon Christopher Callahan; great-grandchildren, Noah Paul Fangue, Mitchell Ryan Lapeyrouse Jr., Owen Michael Fangue, Layne Joseph Lapeyrouse and Max Joseph Callahan; and sister, Susan Callahan Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Joseph Callahan and Lucia Rousseau Callahan; brothers, Joe, Philip, Gerald and Gilbert Callahan; and sisters, Shirley Callahan David, Una Callahan Totina, Jeanne Callahan Callouet, and Anna Mae Callahan Danos.
He was a loving, thoughtful and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who, through his over 60 years in business, became a well-respected businessman in the local community known as much for his customer-friendly style as his extensive knowledge of agriculture, horticulture and livestock. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also loved the outdoors, spending time on gardening, watching any and every televised sports event and was also an avid fisherman. He was a generous man with a quick wit about him and a caring and helpful demeanor that earned him countless friends and loyal customers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or the .
Special thanks goes to Dr. Russell P. Henry, Patty Voss R.N., and Debra Gorr with Haydel Memorial Hospice.
Boyd and Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from May 16 to May 20, 2013
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