Roger Callahan

Roger was born on April 22, 1948 in Tuckerman, Arkansas, where he grew up until early 1963 when he moved to Kansas. He was drafted into the army in 1968 and worked to achieve his GED. He served for 10 months in Vietnam and received two purple hearts for injuries received in combat. He contracted Agent Orange, which resulted in cancer and other disabilities that followed. After serving in the Army he was a farmer until he started truck driving. He resided with his mother and was her caregiver and provider until her death. After his retirement, he didn’t have hobbies, but his favorite times were with his family, especially the little children. He was very giving and always wanted to help everyone.

The final year of his life was spent at the Good Samaritan nursing facility in Olathe, Kansas where his level of love and care was excellent.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Ella Callahan, 3 sisters, Barbara Ann Trull, Inalee McReynolds, and Mary Alice Curtis, brother Danny Callahan, two nephews and one niece.

He leaves behind two brothers, Leon and wife Pearl of LaCygne, Kansas, Jerry and wife Alice of Hampton, Virginia; two sisters, Carrie Ledom and husband Mike of Farlington, Kansas and Vicki Reeves and husband Harry of Lebanon, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Good Samaritan Society of Olathe, Kansas.


  1. Donald & Madeline Carson on April 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Our hearts are saddened to hear about Roger’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we always enjoyed getting to visit with him. Our prayers for peace and comfort go to all your very special family.

  2. Donna Rose on April 30, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Pearl, I’m so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Prayers go out to you and yours.

  3. Kinsley Collins on April 30, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    The whole families hearts are in shreds about the news of our beloved uncle roger. He was a great man, always put others before himself. Always had a smile, and always loved being around the kids. He was brave, courageous, and kind hearted. He will be greatly missed by all of us but we know he is happy & no longer in pain in heaven with Grandma Ella?

  4. Patricia Knoche on April 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Praying for all.

  5. Anita Hodge on April 30, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Love and prayers to you and your family ?

  6. Betty Bailey on April 30, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    To Carrie and her family.So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Roger! I know he held a place in his heart for each and everyone of you as you did him. He is finally free of pain and will be at peace with his family.Keep a place in your heart and his memory will stay alive forever.Hugs to all of you!

  7. Ginger and Mike Cowdin on April 30, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss Our Prayers are with you and the family

  8. Betty Billingslea on May 1, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Leon, I’m so sorry to read of your brother’s death. Prayers for you and your family.

  9. Taylor Callahan on May 2, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Our hearts are very sad especially the girls he will b very missed he was a wonderful man and I wish we would have spend more time with him!!!! Me and the girls love and miss u very much uncle Roger Rest In Peace

  10. Sandy Pannell on May 3, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    It’s going to be hard not to give Roger a call Saturday, it was our weekly thing to stay in touch. I will miss him dearly & I know the rest of the family will too. Don’t ever take for granted our next breath! God be with the family.

  11. Shelby (Mcreynolds)Esparza on May 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Roger was a very gentle giant. He always had a smile and hug for all. He will be missed . I count my blessings to have known him. He’s in great company in heaven. May his family find comfort in his memories. God bless

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