Curtis Houston Callahan
May 8, 1933 - October 20, 2017
Curtis Houston Callahan died peacefully of leukemia at the home of his son and daughter-in-law on Friday, October 20, 2017. He was 84 years old. He was born May 8, 1933 in Potter, Arkansas to Herman and Delia Callahan.
He was a veteran of the Korean War era and was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1953.
He married Geraldine Piearcy in 1956 and they raised four children on the same farm he was raised.
As a young man, he worked in the timber industry in Colorado, Wyoming, and Arkansas. After all the children were born, he raised chickens and cattle. In 1985, he retired from farming and spent the next seven years working at Rich Mountain Manor nursing home, which he loved because of his penchant for caring for the sick and elderly. The last 10 years of his working life was with the Polk County Road Department.
Curtis had a rich social life. He and his friends held court most mornings at McDonald's. If the docket was full, they resumed at noon. He enjoyed visiting the sick, whether friend or stranger, and was honored to be a pallbearer at numerous friends' departures.
Curtis could tell a great and animated story. If he told a story about a dog, the listener could see the dog's tail wag. He kept his kids entertained with his odd idioms and colorful speech. "No. No. N-O, No!" "Don't argue with her. If she says it's cold in August, you better start shivering."
He enjoyed life: his flowers (where others might notice the weeds, he only saw the flowers); animals (he still mourned his beloved Jack Russell Tippy's passing); and his daily walk (he continued his walking custom despite shortness of breath and pain to the last week of his life).
Diagnosed with leukemia in June, he continued to enjoy life. He kept his wicked sense of humor and his many eccentric habits. He maintained the appetite of a teenage boy up to his last week. But his illness did provide one benefit: lots of quality time with his kids. They will be forever grateful to God for that privilege.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Delia Callahan, his brother, Corky, and his beloved one-year-old daughter, Debbie.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lawana of Hatfield, his three daughters and their husbands; Diane and Steve Schultz of West Fork, Arkansas; Stacie and Jimmy Pineda of Boone, North Carolina; and Valerie and Gordon Dykstra of British Columbia, Canada; 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and his dear friend, Dee Roberts.
His funeral will be Tuesday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Donnie Jewell officiating. Visitation will be Monday, October 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Jeff Shreve, Randall Shreve, Salomon Hernandez, Christopher Rose, Jordan Pineda, and Clay Newcomb. Honorary pallbearers will be his gang from McDonald's.