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Lt. Colonel Anthony Callanan USAF (Ret.)


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Lt. Colonel Anthony Callanan USAF (Ret.) Obituary
Lt. Colonel Anthony Callanan, USAF (Ret.)

Oct. 21, 1940 - Feb.19, 2018

Anthony Powell Callanan passed away on February 19, 2018, in Torrance, CA, at the age of 77. He was surrounded by loved ones including his "Luv," Gin. Anthony is survived by his loving wife, Virginia (Gin); brother-in-law Morris Dagerath; nephew Morris Dagerath Jr.; niece Lacy Dagerath; and nephew Michael Dagerath and his wife Jennie Dagerath as well as his four great-nephews, Jonathan, Jeremy, Jeffrey and Josiah Dagerath, who will all miss their Uncle Tony. He is also survived by multiple cousins located in the Philadelphia area who shared in his early days of childhood.

Tony Callanan of Torrance, CA, son of the late Andrew and Christine Callanan, was born October 21, 1940, in Philadelphia, PA. The family later moved to Burlington, Iowa. Anthony Callanan graduated from Iowa State University in 1963 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Tony earned his pilot wings in 1965 at Webb AFB, Big Spring, TX. He also first met Virginia Beth Dagerath during this time in West Texas when she was teaching in Midland, TX. They were reacquainted in 1967 at Clark AFB in the Philippines where they married in January 1967.

Tony lived his life by the core values of honor and integrity. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Tony was active in the local community serving as a volunteer at the Western Museum of Flight and talking about his love of aerospace, showing young visitors the cockpit of the F5 Jet. He is a long standing and proud member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (RRVA), MOA, ION, and VFW.

Please visit www.lafuneral.com to read more about Tony's fascinating life.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 6, 2018
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