John "PapaCal" L. Callahan

July 14, 1959May 10, 2018
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John L. “PapaCal” Callahan, 58, of Connersville died Thursday, May 10, 2018 at his residence.

A Connersville native, John was born July 14, 1959 to Donald J. and Ann Kramer Callahan. He attended Connersville area schools, graduating from Connersville High School in 1977 and joining the United States Army in 1978. John retired from Visteon and its predecessors after twenty three years of employment. He also owned and operated Cal’s Body Art, his tattoo studio. John greatly enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and photographing various bands that he followed on tour, including the local band, Kramus. Toward the end of his life, he lived as a witness to Christ.

In addition to his parents, Donald J. and Ann Callahan of Connersville; John is survived by his daughters: Amy Halcomb of Connersville and Sammie Wicks of Camden, Ohio; his grandchildren: Joshua Hensley, James Hensley, Meghan Maxie, Makensie Maxie, Kyler Callahan and Olivia Wicks; his brothers and their spouses: James D. Callahan and Lisa; Jeffery A. Callahan and Mary, all of Connersville; his nephew: Seth Callahan and his niece: Desiree Callahan.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: John and Ann Kramer and his paternal grandparents: Estil and Grace Callahan.

A Memorial Service to Celebrate John’s Life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 1201 N Grand Ave, Connersville, with Pastor Mal Gibson officiating. Friends may visit at the church Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service where memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Cancer Society. For additional information and to send the family condolences or memories please visit


  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 19, 2018

John "PapaCal" L. Callahan

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Doug Gill

June 1, 2018

Brother John went down to the river with several of us on July 26th 2015 to be baptized. We had many conversations about God. I enjoyed and cherish each and every one we had. He was a good friend and brother

Eric Hopkins

May 16, 2018

Don, Ann & Family,
Our previous commitments are conflicting with John's service times so I will not be able to be with you.
I remember attending Grand Ave Methodist Church back in the late 70's with you and your family.
Jim & Becky Hertel were pastoring during that time period.
It was always a treat to go downstairs after the Sunday morning service and share coffee and cookies at the Methodist Munch In. Your children must remember those times as well.
Later in the early 2000's John rented a space off of our church to open his tattoo shop. I had several good conversations with him and even after he moved his shop he stayed in touch with me to let me know that he had accepted Jesus as his savior. That was music to my ears and he also let me know that he appreciated the time that I took with him. I look forward to spending eternity with John in a place called Paradise.
In Christ's Love I will remember you!

Cindy Laba

May 16, 2018

I love you always my sweet cousin. I will see you again.