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
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
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.