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Joe H. Callahan dies at age 89

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Joe H. Callahan, age 89, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Chesterton, Indiana, passed away peacefully December 22, 2014, with his family at his side.

He was born in South Bend, Indiana, to George and Irene.

He graduated from Rochester High School. Joe started college, served in the US Army during WWII, returned to college, took another leave from school to serve during the Korean Conflict, returned to finish college and graduated from Purdue University in January 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Pharmacy. He was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

He married Carla Glawe on November 22, 1952, they were married 62 years; she survives.

He is also survived by two daughters: Pamela of Mesa, AZ, and Penny of Chesterton, IN, one son Tod (Gia) of Porter, IN, two grandchildren: Carrie (Brian) Bentley of AZ, and Ryan (Kelly) Mertens of AZ, and five great-grandchildren: Madison, Tatum, and Hunter Bentley and Colin and Drew Mertens. He is also survived by a nephew Patrick (Jacque) Callahan of Ft. Wayne, IN.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, William. Joe was a Pharmacist and owner of the Chesterton Pharmacy. He was also the Justice of the Peace in Jackson Township. He became a realtor and started the Callahan Real Estate business and built the first office building in Chesterton, IN, which at that time was named after him; the building still stands today. He was a Mason, a member of the Shriner’s Motor Patrol, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, American Legion, Moose Lodge and VFW. He enjoyed activities such as bowling, horse shoes, playing poker and spending time with his family. He took great pride in being a developer in his community.

Out of respect for his wishes there will be no services. His family would like to give special thanks to the Americare Hospice for the great care they extended to Joe and his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Americare Hospice 1212 N. Spencer Street, #2, Mesa, AZ, 85203, or Westchester Meals of St. John Church, 225 W. Lincoln Ave., Chesterton, IN, 46304. For information: 480-832-2850.


Posted 12/29/2014