Richard Callahan
1924 - 2020
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96. His horse finally came in. Born in Chicago to Edward and Anna Callahan on 8/2/1924, Dick hit "Bingo" on 11/8/2020. Loving husband and sparing partner for 71 years of Marjorie (née Fleming); father of Richard Jr.(Bic), Patrick (Gale), and Margie (Dave) Crawford; grandpa to Tim(Maggie), Kit, and Peter Callahan; and Ryne (Tracy), Katie (Kevin), and Colin (Natalie) Crawford; great Grandpa to Elliott & Theadore Crawford; big brother to Lola; uncle Dick to the mob. Blessed by the loving company of caregivers Catherine, Mona, and Bob, three souls he tried to corrupt with poker and bingo. Claimed many a bookie as a dependent. Wouldn't abide bullies (thumped a few). He and Ma promoted fair play and subtle revenge, so watch it. Combat veteran of Battles of the Bulge, Ruhr Pocket. Spent thirty years at Cook County Jail (as a plumber). Seventy-one year member of Plumbers' Local 130. Was a font of war stories and tales of Chicago. Chicago has lost a treasure and an historian. He was saddened that the virus kept him from his family, but happy that Notre Dame beat Clemson. Now the comedy team of Dickie & Marge are reunited. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be private. For information please call 847-685-1002 or visit

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I worked as a painter at the jail from 1982- 1992. Saw him with his partner Kenny all the time. Wonderful and funny man. God rest his soul! Great memories.
Keith Kandel
Keith Kandel
November 18, 2020
My heart is filled with sorrow
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