James Anthony Callahan

PAXTON — James Anthony Callahan, 90, of Paxton, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

A service with military honors will be held at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill. Details will be provided at a later date.

Mr. Callahan was born in Charleston to the late James A. Callahan and Harriet P. Volpe. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 and served proudly and honorably during World War II. After his military service, he spent the next 42 years working for the Illinois Central Railroad, mostly as a locomotive engineer.

In 1949, he married the love of his life, Ruby Latham. The two were happily married for 64 years before her death in 2013.

In his free time, Mr. Callahan enjoyed morning walks around Paxton with his wife, during which they would bond with all the neighborhood dogs with a daily Milk Bone treat. They also loved camping with family and fishing and would spend their winters in Florida doing just that.

Always a patriot, Mr. Callahan was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4214 in Paxton and the American Legion Post 503 in Loda. 

Mr. Callahan took great pride in his friends and family.  He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Callahan was preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving are five children, John L. Camadeca, Paula (Dean) Alpers, Toni (Larry) Hensel, Darlene (Joe) DePasquale and James “Mike” (Renee) Callahan; a sister, Jean (Bill) Raef; two nieces; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends.

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