James Eugene Callahan, age 60 of Newton, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colfax. The family will greet friends following the service at a luncheon in the fellowship hall. Burial will take place on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Temple Hill near Cascade. Memorials may be directed to the Izaak Walton League and condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The son of Roger John and Mary Margaret (Supple) Callahan, Jim was born on May 23, 1958 in Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1976. Jim was a proud UAW Union member who worked in assembly at Maytag, retiring in 2006. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton and the Izaak Walton League. Jim was a true outdoorsman, enjoying hunting fishing and most everything related to the outdoors.
Those left to honor his memory include his two sons, J.R. Callahan and Will Callahan; a granddaughter, Emma Mae Callahan; his parents, Roger and Mary Callahan and his siblings, Tim (Patti) Callahan, Mike (Laurie) Callahan, John (Charlotte) Callahan, Mark (LuAnn) Callahan, Sean (Jodi) Callahan and Jennifer (Randal) Schoenherr. Preceding Jim in death were his grandparents, Eugene and Mary Callahan and Leo and Viola Supple.
"Callahan's, Roger and Mary, his sons, and his siblings you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Jim. When we were neighbors in the West End we had many great times playing in the alley between our houses. As a classmate throughout the years Jim was a big personality in our class and provided his classmates with so many good memories especially his laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and may the happy times you had with Jim bring you comfort in the days ahead when you think of Jim. Rest in peace classmate of '76. Bet Jim and Mr. Tunestra are having a great reunion."
"I knew Jim thru Pheasants Forever and the Ikes. i also talked to him when i worked
as the Conservation Officer. i am sorry for your loss. He was a really nice man"
"Jim was a good friend & will greatly be missed at the IKEES."
"God bless you Muttley, I cannot imagine a family gathering without you. I imagine the Old Buck has already told you his three jokes and Grandma Supple has made you some oatmeal. RIP big man...your cousin Dan Conner."
"So sorry to about James ! Will keep the whole family in our prayers ! Take care and may God Bless ! "
"From the Prime Family, our thoughts and Prayers go out to the family in a difficult time. "
"So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. As kids we had many fun times, though I haven't seen Jim in many yrs, he will always be a memory in my heart. My condolences go out to the family and my thoughts and prayers will be with u. "
"Prayers and condolences from all the Sisters of Charity, BVM."
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Jim was a part of our wrestling family. He was also a special friend to our daughter, Diana. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
"Condolences to the Callahan family. RIP Muttley. Rich Reed"
"It?s heartbreaking to lose such a wonderful man so young. The Callahan?s were always an amazing family and such an important part of our community. We are all grieving with you. Please know that I am sending love and prayers to you at this difficult time! Love, Julie Stinson Heatherly"
"Our sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the family as you go through this difficult time."
Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. May you be surrounsed by family and friends as you honor Jim."
"Our hearts, prayers and open door to you during this difficult time. Embrace the good memories with warmth in your heart. Love, Mark & Resha. "
"Words just can't express our feelings. Jim was such a great guy. There are so many fun memories of the Callahan family. You are all very special to us, and we are so sorry for your loss.
With love and sympathy, Terry and Pam Fox"
"Roger, Mary and family:
I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I, like others, have many great memories of Jim throughout our high school years -- the wrestling and football in particular. But Jim was also my "partner" when we had to take square dancing for PE -- yep, that was a hoot -- and he walked me down the aisle for our class graduation.
Hoping the many wonderful members of Jim can help relieve some of the sadness of his loss.
Diana Lind Baratta "
Dear Roger, Mary and the entire Callahan family.
Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies on Jim?s passing. Words cannot sum up all that Jim was to our Class, 1976. Jovial most of the time he shifted into high gear during athletic events, then the committed serious side of Jim surfaced, he instincts were that of a natural champion and those moments he proudly carried with him throughout life.
I knew him as a best friend and as fellow Tri-Captain with Rick Earles during our senior year at Colfax on the football team. We won more games in 1975, having the first winning season and setting the tone for those who followed in the seventies.
We were not exactly angels; however, we did our share of good deeds. After graduation, while in college it became my responsibility to care for my future in-law's farm. ?Muttley? and Rick showed up with a big truck and snow plow, assisting me in watering and feeding the stock.
Always in my heart, ?Muttely? Rick and I all married and went our separate ways. Throughout the years we would see who could tell the best stories at class reunion time.
Willow, myself and the rest of the 1976 Bicentennial Class at Colfax, will certainly remember
Steven P. Patterson"
"Our deepest condolences to the Callahan Family, in this time of sorrow. Jim was a special person in our lives and will forever be in our thoughts and prayers as he prepares his ascension into the heavenly Kingdom.
"Eternal rest give unto Jim, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him." In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Ron and Laura Benefiel"
"When Jim entered the gates of heaven, he must have been swept up. I believe that what God looks for is love in a person's heart, and his great big heart was chock full of love. He loved his family, the beauties of nature, and in utter simplicity, all that surrounded him. He never missed a family reunion, and continued to promote them after they stopped coming regularly. He truly loved... and is loved, and will be missed. What a blessing he has been to our big family! Judy Callahan BVM"
"Dear brother, I will always cherish the times we spent turkey hunting, camping, and hanging out at the Cedar Tree Lounge. You were a special brother and son. God speed to you...rest in peace."
"I am so sorry to hear this sad news. The weekend after Thanksgiving in 1978 we had a blizzard. I went into labor that Sunday evening after dark. The roads were not being plowed it was so bad. We worried we not make it safely to Lutheran in DSM. Tony called up Jim and he followed us from home all the way to the parking lot with his truck in case our car couldn't make it. It was a great comfort knowing he had our back during this emotional trip. Our daughter Nichole Hodgson was born about 5 hours later safe and sound. Jim was a good ole boy with a heart of gold. My condolences to his family at this difficult time. Laurie Parks Lukehart"
"I wish I could be there. I love you guys (remember 'hey you guys...) so many good times, flashlight tag, wrestling in your living room. I will always remember his laugh, it was what gave him his nickname. God give you peace. I love you."
"We are sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts & prayers.
Sincerely, Dan & Joanie Russell"
"So sorry for your loss. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers?"