LTC (Ret.) James Michael "Mike" Callahan
James Michael "Mike" Callahan, 70, of Lexington, passed away peacefully on Thursday October 17th. Mike was born on July 14, 1943 in Tulsa, OK and was the son of the late W.P. and Marvin Funk. He graduated from Blackwell High School in 1961 and attended Oklahoma State University. He was married to Neta Callahan and they made their home in Lexington, TX.
Mike served his country for over 26 years in the United States Army and his primary specialty was Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare. He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the following before retiring in 1990: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Vietnam Campaign Medal. One of his favorite stories from Vietnam was when sitting on a flak jacket saved his life when the helicopter he was in was attacked. His retirement was short-lived as he soon took a teaching position with the Taylor Independent School District, where he continued to work for an additional ten years.
Mike was passionate about racing his 302 Boss Mustang as member of the 1969 Shamrock Racing Team USA in Europe. He continued his fast pace for many years upon his return to the states by participating in Rally's, Autocrosses and Races. He was also a gifted artist and excelled in the use of pen and ink and oils. He created beautiful renditions of racing cars in their proper environment, drew realistic pictures of wildlife and had an aptitude in producing clever cartoons.
Mike is predeceased by both parents and his brother Paul Funk. He is survived by his wife Neta Callahan and her children Kemara Stormont (Darren) and Kevin Berga (Colleen), his three daughters: Kelle Callahan Shymkiw (Brach), Cathy Callahan Noey (Mark) and Cindy Callahan, his sister Gini Harwell (Ben), his sister-in-law Jackie Funk, 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. And last but not least, Mike is survived by his three fuzzy companions Buddy, Holly and LaLa who provided him with continual comfort. Visitation will be Sunday October 20th at 11am to 4pm with a service at 2pm at Condra Funeral Home, 503 Talbot St, Taylor, TX