Michael J. Callaghan

21 May, 195115 August, 2019

Michael J. Callaghan, 68, originally of St. Petersburg, long time resident of Norman OK, and recently of Tarpon Springs, died peacefully Aug 15 2019. Mike lived a full life having mastered many careers and hobbies. He was a dedicated officer to Kenneth City Police department and the U.S. Capitol Police Department in Wash D.C., he later received a B.A. from OU with a specialty in geography and worked on many archaeological digs and dinosaur displays with Sam Noble Museum. He was a military historian, NRA endowment member, expert craftsman, HAM radio operator (AF5WE), skilled model builder, and an old car enthusiast.

Mike is survived by his first wife Susan (St Petersburg) and their two children, Jennifer (Adam) of Montreal, and Jeremiah (Jennifer) of Tarpon Springs and two grandchildren Dylan and Hailey; his second wife Mary Ann of Norman OK, and their dog Riley (his little buddy who always rode shot gun in the Model T); his siblings Dorothy, Dave, Tim (Pauline) and Katie (Sam), his close cousin John and other cousins of the Callaghan and Burket family and many great friends.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Phyllis Jean Callaghan. Mike will be laid to rest beside his mother at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens in Spring Hill.

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Rick Whitehead

23 August 2019

It was my pleasure to work with Mike at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. I really enjoyed working with him, and I learned a lot from him. I also enjoyed his stories, especially the one about having coffee with Superman when he was a police officer in Florida!
Mike was originally hired by the Museum in the Vertebrate Paleontology Department to help mold, cast, and mount the dinosaur and other pre-historic animal fossils and casts for the new building, which was then under construction. Mike designed and fabricated mounts for the specimens, and mounted many of the specimens now on permanent display in the Museum. He also developed many ingenious ways to help in the process.
Later, he worked in the Exhibits Department, helping to design and fabricate the exhibit cases for the new building. He contributed many ingenious solutions to the problems we faced, and his craftsmanship was outstanding. Many of those exhibit cases are still in use. He also designed and built mounts for items from almost every area of the Museum’s collections.
I was greatly saddened buy the news of Mike’s death. However, I know that because of Mike’s faith in Jesus Christ, that death is not the end for him.
I pray that God will comfort all of us who knew Mike.
Rick Whitehead

Jeff Phillips

23 August 2019


I cannot say how much you will be missed. I feel bad for your friends for their loss, I feel even more for your family. I feel the most sorry for those who never had the opportunity to meet you for they will never know first hand how remarkable you were.

You are a good friend and I will treasure your memory as long as I live. It has been an honour knowing you and being your friend.

Rest in peace.

Mike Rust

20 August 2019

Michael worked for me several years in Oklahoma City. I remember he always had a smile and a great attitude. I had many great conversations with Michael about many fascinating topics. He was a super smart man.

Cheryle Presley

20 August 2019

I was blessed to work with Mike at TMP. He always had a smile and graciously shared his humor and he saw humor in a lot of things. It was a treat to accompany him and Riley in the Model T and talk about good times in D.C. He will be missed.

Lance Belcher

18 August 2019

Mike and I were partners with the Kenneth City Police for several years. No one could ask for a better person to work with. Always smiling, always having fun and always ready to handle situations, some very serious. I've never known someone who could fix, design, build or fabricate anything like Mike could. Like so many I am saddened by Mike's passing. Please keep Mike in your thoughts and his family and friends in your hearts. Mike left an impression on us all. Sgt. Lance A. Belcher RET.


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