Harold "Jack" Callahan

Born: Sun., Aug. 4, 1940
Died: Sat., Mar. 16, 2019


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 06, 2019
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Apr. 06, 2019
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

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Harold (Jack) Callahan, a mentally, emotionally and physically strong, Christian man passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of March 16, 2019. Born in Clover Bottom, KY on August 4, 1940, he and his family moved to Cambridge City, IN when he was very young. After graduating from Lincoln High School, he served his country by enlisting in the Marines in 1958 and achieved Cpl E4 in the 2nd Marine Air Wing as an airplane mechanic on the USS Independence before heading back to Indiana and starting his college studies. In November 1959, he married Sharon Sue Ammerman of Milton, Indiana. He graduated from Ball State University in only three years with a teacher’s degree and played football as an offensive lineman. His football career was ended prematurely when he needed to help his wife’s family run their grocery store in Milton, IN after an injury to his father-in-law. After graduating from Ball State University, he worked for Western Wayne Schools as an Industrial Arts teacher at Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, IN for 37 years. During that time, he took it upon himself to help many students develop life goals, acted as a surrogate father to many with his concern for his fellow man and coached football, track and tennis. He also served as Athletic Director spending many nights being present at sporting events representing the Golden Eagles he had learned to respect and love. During the summers, he taught many students in driver’s education training and always reminded them to “check their blind spot”. He never complained and always tried to spread joy and cheer with his laugh and smile. He will be sorely missed.


Predeceased are his mother, Bessie Callahan, father Sam Callahan, brothers Carl and Ed. Also predeceased was his wife of 57 years, Sharon Sue (Ammerman) Callahan whom he loved dearly before she went to her eternal life with the Lord in 2015.


He is survived by his sons, Clayton (and Danni) Callahan of Tipp City, OH and Kyle (and Kryst’l) Callahan of Grove City, OH. Also surviving are his sisters, Lois Ann Durham of Winona, MN and Evelyn Murray of Hagerstown, IN. His grandchildren, who he loved dearly and prayed for their eternal lives, are Tyler, Bethany (Jeremy), Elizabeth (Zach), Morgan, Cody, Kyle Patrick, Roman, Dakota, Kennedy and great-grandson, Killian.

 On Saturday, April 6th, at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel, 1010 E Main Street, Cambridge City, IN, a gathering of friends will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 2:00 p.m. for both Jack and Sharon Callahan. Their family welcomes all who knew them as teachers, coaches, mentors, neighbors and friends to visit at that time.


Online condolences may be made at www.waskoms.com


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Ann Wantz King
   Posted Tue March 19, 2019
Jack was a senior when I was a freshman at Lincoln High School. He was fun and friendly and good looking. I learned to know him better when I was a senior at Ball State University and he had returned from service and was a freshman. He travelled to and from Cambidge City and Muncie each day. I did not have a car and he was kind enough to let me ride to Cambridge on the very few weekends that I was not working at school. I thought he was very kind and still fun, friendly and good looking.

Kevin Bonwell
   Posted Wed March 20, 2019

You were more than a teacher and a coach to me, you taught me how to get the very most out of myself in everything I did not just football. I will never forget your half time pep talks. But the one in Batesville in 1971 was the highlight of them all. That's the night you ate rocks and broke some teeth LOL. I remember you telling us Sharon wasn't very happy about it. God bless you Jack Callahan, I will never forget you and the memories you etched on me.

Clayton Jack Callahan
   Posted Wed March 20, 2019
Jack and Sharon Callahan's family humbly enjoys seeing how mom and dad impacted people during their time on earth. Your genuine love for our parents helps our saddened hearts remember the good times. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for sharing. And, if you are able to make it to the April 6th services, please consider sharing your experiences during the open microphone Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m. If you are willing to do so, the next generation of Callahan's will be able to learn how special these two were too many individuals. Blessings all.

   Posted Wed March 20, 2019

TABLE BASKET was sent by Billy Fannin.

RIP Coach. You were a good coach and a better teacher and human being. You will be and are missed.

Judy Godfrey
   Posted Thu March 21, 2019
Heartfelt sympathy to Clayton, Kyle, and all of the family. Both Sharon and Jack were very important in my life as they cared for my daughter, Laura, while I was working at Western Wayne Schools. Both so positive and kind and good role models for all. Prayers for your peace.

Jennifer Elsrod Crawford
   Posted Thu March 21, 2019
I went to Lincoln High School from 1972 - 1976. Mr. Callahan was one of my favorite faculty members - always upbeat and positive. My deepest condolences to his family.

Beverly Rauthe Hall
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. Keeping your family in prayer during this difficult time. Jack was a great influence on so many young people.

Rick Hoover
   Posted Mon April 01, 2019
It was very sad to hear of his passing. Had little contact with him over the years but,, he made such a joyous impact in my younger years. 3 yrs in woodshop,, and then when he asked me to be his Assistant my senior year (1982). Even on bad days,, he always found a way to make you smile and laugh before you left his room. They should rename the woodshop Callahan Hall. He will be Joyously remembered,, and Sadly missed by all.

Heather Laird
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
I just returned from an overseas trip today to learn of Jack's passing. I am so sorry for the loss to the family and the community. Jack Callahan was my first tennis coach. He taught me many lessons about life and tennis and gave me two beautiful and blessed brothers in Kyle and Clay when I was a young girl. He and Sharon were both supportive of my development as a tennis player and person. I will always remember them both and the family fondly. I will never forget how he made his wife the center of his universe. He treated her as his first lady and she treated him as her husband. They modeled something that is largely missing in our society today. May they both rest in peace together with the Lord and have a better life in the Hereafter than on Earth. Ameen. They will be missed.