Leo CallahanLeo Callahan, 87, Bismarck, died July 14, 2011 in a Bismarck hospital.
Leo Callahan, 87, Bismarck, died July 14, 2011 in a Bismarck hospital.
Leo was born November 19, 1923, to Barney & Ellen (Bopp) Callahan in Brayton, Nebraska. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. Leo married Marge Reynolds on June 6, 1944, in Shreveport, LA. This happened to also be "D-Day", the Invasion of Normandy. He served with the Army of Occupation in Japan. Leo received the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Upon Leo's return from Overseas Service, they moved to Omaha, NE, where Leo entered Creighton University, graduating in June of 1949, with a degree in accounting. Leo was employed at Fargo and later transferred to Thief River Falls, MN. On January 1, 1951, he became manager of the Baker Electric Cooperative Inc., in Cando, ND. Following retirement at the end of 1985, they moved to Bismarck and for sixteen years, spent the winter months in Sun City, AZ.
Leo loved to share jokes and family stories. His love of music kept him involved in music groups throughout his lifetime. Leo enjoyed spending time on his computer during his retirement. Leo never forgot a name and no one was a stranger to him.
Leo was a member of the Lion's Club, the Knights of Columbus, Sierra Club, Retirees Breakfast Club, and various military organizations.
Leo is survived by his daughters, Kathleen (Jim) Carpenter, Walhalla, ND; Elizabeth (Doran) Chandler, Valley City, ND; Jane (Jim) Kane, San Antonio, TX; Sandra (Bill) Hoffman, Bottineau, ND; son-in-law, Skip Haugland, Fargo, ND; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and sister, Noema O'Hair, Beaumont, CA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marge; daughter, Sharon Haugland, 2 brothers, and 5 sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 18, at Church of Ascension, with Rev. Jim Braaten officiating.
Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 17, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m., at Bismarck Funeral Home, and visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
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