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John Charles Callihan

John Charles Callihan, 64, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

John was born June 10, 1954 in Pensacola, Florida, the son of Harold Stacy and Francis Jane (Thompson) Callihan.  He married Valerie Curry on April 17, 1999, at Scovill Zoo in Decatur.  She survives.

Also surviving are their two sons, Zach McCulley of Decatur and Tom (Paige Higgens) Martz of Indianola, Iowa; a daughter, Roxanne Callihan of Marshall, Illinois; a grandchild, Isreal “Izzy” Wilkins; a friend loved as a sister, Beth Smith of Bladenboro, North Carolina; and his beloved cats, Princess Punkin and Baby Princess.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Stacy Callihan, Jr.

John was an industrial fitter welder for many years.  He was a licensed pilot and inspector.  He had a passion for airplanes and trains.  He loved to build model airplanes from WWII, and always enjoyed a good joke.  He was very proud of his daughter at Indiana State University for pursuing her career as a pharmacist.

Honoring John Callihan’s wishes cremation services will be provided by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 2801 N. Monroe St. Decatur, IL.  Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. my prayers are with all of you Charles was always laughing , and never ever had a bad thing to say about anything or any one , he knows and I know we will see each other later.

  2. Valerie, Roxanne and family, we are so sorry to hear of Charles’ passing. We will lift you up in our prayers for comfort and peace. Everytime I hear Bad Moon Rising, I will think of Charles. He played it on the console over and over again that summer

  3. So very sorry

    Written by: Chuck and Jennifer Martz

    Chuck and I are so very sorry for the loss of John. He was a wonderful stepdad to Tom. He always enjoyed building models together with John and telling us all about how much fun he had. Praying that the whole family finds the strength that they need to get through this time of grief.

  4. Carl and Karen Brown, Whiteville, NC

    Written by: Carl and Karen Brown

    You were always laughing about something, or else planning some ‘evil’ joke…….. Complaining was not in your vocabulary, or at least I never heard it… Sure am gonna miss you!! Till I see you again…… ALWAYS……….

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