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3625 Jersey Ridge Rd, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Larry Venson Calahan

May 1, 1943October 31, 2019
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Larry Calahan, 76, of Davenport, Iowa died October 31, 2019 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Services in celebration of his Christian life will be 3:00 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Weerts Funeral home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Larry was born May 1, 1943 in Ralls, Texas to Mildred Inez and Odis (Venson) Calahan. After graduating from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, (Class of 1961), Larry served in the Navy for 4 years from 1961-1965 aboard the USS Columbus. He served as a Fire Control Technician in Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. After serving his country, Larry Attended Olympic College (1965-1967) in Bremerton, WA. He married Claudia Louise Calahan on August 11, 1967 in Bremerton, WA who blessed him with three wonderful children. Larry then completed his B.S. Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Western Washington College in Bellingham, WA in 1969. Larry worked for Oscar Mayer in Quality Control in Los Angeles from 1970-1978. Larry was then promoted to the Quality Assurance Manager in Davenport, IA from 1978-1998 (a total of 28 years). Larry enjoyed three months of “retirement” before returning to the workforce. He then worked as a Food Safety Consultant for Cook & Thurber from 1998-2014. Larry was a devoted member of Grandview Baptist Church in Davenport for many years. He later joined Edgewood Baptist church in Rock Island. Larry had many different interests that included golf, travel, landscaping and handyman projects. He faithfully served in Bible Study Fellowship for 5 years. Often he was referred to as “Master of the grill.” Proudly he would mention that he rode RAGBRAI three different years. Those left to honor his memory are his loving wife, Claudia; 2 daughters, Victoria (Tracy W) Smith of Issaquah, WA; Tracy Calahan of Maple Valley, WA and son Tim (Tiffany) of Austin, TX; six grandchildren, Connor Michael Smith, Kaitlin Nicole Smith, Kyleigh Morgan Smith, Rachel Michele Calahan, Abigail Ann Calahan and Tyler Preston Calahan. He is also survived by his mother, Millie Mills of San Antonio, TX; brothers, Michael Ray of San Antonio, TX; sisters-in-law, Connie (Spencer) Overall of Lewiston. ID; Dorothy (Jack) Tompkins of Houston, TX; brother-in-law Paul (Michele) Gawenka of Oregon; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Odis Calahan and brothers, Gene Allen Calahan and Garland Duane Calahan.

  • FAMILY

  • Odis (Venson) Calahan, Father (deceased)
  • Mildred Calahan, Mother (deceased)
  • Claudia (Louise) Calahan, Wife
  • Victoria (Tracy W) Smith, Daughter
  • Tracy Calahan, Daughter
  • Tim (Tiffany) Calahan, Son
  • Connor Michael Smith, Grandchild
  • Kaitlin Nicole Smith, Grandchild
  • Kyleigh Morgan Smith, Grandchild
  • Rachel Michele Calahan, Grandchild
  • Abigail Ann Calahan, Grandchild
  • Tyler Preston Calahan, Grandchild
  • Michael Ray, Brother
  • Connie (Spencer) Overall, Sister-in-law
  • Dorothy (Jack) Tompkins, Sister-in-law
  • Paul (Michelle) Gawenka, Brother-in-law
  • Larry also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Odis Calahan and brothers, Gene Allen Calahan and Garland Duane Calahan

Services

  • Visitation Weerts Funeral Home Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Weerts Funeral Home Saturday, November 2, 2019

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David Peter

November 2, 2019

I remember Larry being a household name in my family, when we moved from Chicago (Oscar Meyer plant) I was 16. My dad (Don Peter) transferred back to the Davenport plant. He was in QA also. Larry and my dad worked together and if I remember right once in a while went out to eat with Larry and his wife. But more than that my Dad and mom would talk about them in a christian way. My parents not only knew them as friends but as Christians. This gave my dad someone he could work with that had the same values from my perspective. Fast track years later to the years before my father passing and my dad would still mention his name. I found things with his name on it and would ask about him. When my dad passed he still had Larry's phone number in his little book he had of numbers he carried around. Just from those stories I heard from my mom and dad has had me hold Larry in high respect for years. I was so glad I was finally able to meet him a while back through Dan Whickhorst. I actually respected him so much that I was nervous to meet him. Hahaha Thank you Larry for being such a good person to my father all those years you worked together. I can't wait to meet you again in heaven!
David Peter and from my sister Mary Beth Peter

Gregory Moroni

November 2, 2019

Larry was the kindest and gentlest man I think I've ever known! I loved our times together with church family at Edgewood and our connection to The Great Northwest! Our hearts and prayers go out to Claudia and the family at this time!

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Biography

Larry Calahan, 76, of Davenport, Iowa died October 31, 2019 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Services in celebration of his Christian life will be 3:00 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Weerts Funeral home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery.

Larry was born May 1, 1943 in Ralls, Texas to Mildred Inez and Odis (Venson) Calahan. After graduating from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, (Class of 1961), Larry served in the Navy for 4 years from 1961-1965 aboard the USS Columbus. He served as a Fire Control Technician in Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. After serving his country, Larry Attended Olympic College (1965-1967) in Bremerton, WA. He married Claudia Louise Calahan on August 11, 1967 in Bremerton, WA who blessed him with three wonderful children. Larry then completed his B.S. Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Western Washington College in Bellingham, WA in 1969. Larry worked for Oscar Mayer in Quality Control in Los Angeles from 1970-1978. Larry was then promoted to the Quality Assurance Manager in Davenport, IA from 1978-1998 (a total of 28 years). Larry enjoyed three months of “retirement” before returning to the workforce. He then worked as a Food Safety Consultant for Cook & Thurber from 1998-2014.
Larry was a devoted member of Grandview Baptist Church in Davenport for many years. He later joined Edgewood Baptist church in Rock Island. Larry had many different interests that included golf, travel, landscaping and handyman projects. He faithfully served in Bible Study Fellowship for 5 years. Often he was referred to as “Master of the grill.” Proudly he would mention that he rode RAGBRAI three different years.

Those left to honor his memory are his loving wife, Claudia; 2 daughters, Victoria (Tracy W) Smith of Issaquah, WA; Tracy Calahan of Maple Valley, WA and son Tim (Tiffany) of Austin, TX; six grandchildren, Connor Michael Smith, Kaitlin Nicole Smith, Kyleigh Morgan Smith, Rachel Michele Calahan, Abigail Ann Calahan and Tyler Preston Calahan. He is also survived by his mother, Millie Mills of San Antonio, TX; brothers, Michael Ray of San Antonio, TX; sisters-in-law, Connie (Spencer) Overall of Lewiston. ID; Dorothy (Jack) Tompkins of Houston, TX; brother-in-law Paul (Michele) Gawenka of Oregon; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Odis Calahan and brothers, Gene Allen Calahan and Garland Duane Calahan.