Michael J. "Mike" Callahan

April 19, 1947February 14, 2018

Mike Callahan of Kansas City, MO, passed away Feb. 14, 2018 at home. A visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 16 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 701 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO. The funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, February 17 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Interment with Honors will follow at 6901 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO.

Mike lived a life of hard work, patriotism, family commitment and community service. As a dedicated reader of the obituaries, Mike will be glad to know that others will be reading his incredible life story.

Mike was born April 19, 1947 in Kansas City, MO to Franklin and Mary Callahan. Growing up as a kid in Brookside, young Mike would visit the neighborhood market to claim wooden produce boxes to break down for woodworking projects. That hobby led to his epic wood shop where he made hundreds of pieces of furniture for family, friends and charity auctions. Mike spoiled his family with his signature pork chili and salsa at almost every family occasion. “Papa” kept alive the annual tradition of a family Christmas card photo regardless of the weather or how big the family got.

Mike worked for 42 years in insurance and benefits at Robert O’Byrne and Associates, Business Men’s Assurance and the Grant Nelson Group. In June 2011, Mike retired from CBIZ surrounded by the dozens of employees he mentored, including his son Greg and daughter Polly.

A 1965 graduate of Southwest High School, Mike excelled at football, wrestling and causing mayhem with his friends. He earned a football scholarship to Central Missouri State University before enlisting in the Army in 1966. During his service in the Vietnam War, Mike earned the Purple Heart and the Army Medal of Commendation among other military honors. Until the end of his life, he continued to serve by counseling veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse up to four nights each week at the Kansas City Veterans Administration hospital. On Friday, Mike celebrated 28 years of sobriety.

Mike also served his community by helping to found Boys Hope Girls Hope, along with a seat on the board of St. Teresa’s Academy. Kathleen and Mike chaired four annual charity auctions for Rockhurst High School and St. Teresa’s. He also gave generously behind the scenes in ways that his family will likely never know.

The Royals, Chiefs and Tigers -- not to mention Fox News -- sometimes caused Papa to bark at the TV from his throne on the couch. He was also a dedicated sports fan for his children’s sports from the bleachers of volleyball and football games -- but especially baseball games at Missouri 3&2 baseball. There will never be another brother, husband, dad or grandpa like Mike Callahan.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Mary Callahan and his son Harris Franklin James Callahan. Mike is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathleen Callahan of Kansas City, MO; son Greg Callahan (Melissa) of Kansas City, MO; daughter Jennifer Landes (Mark) of Kansas City, MO; daughter Polly Thomas (Eric) of Leawood, KS; Katie Mulligan (Jeremy) of Independence, MO; Connor Callahan of Kansas City, MO; Shea Callahan of Kansas City, MO; and his grandchildren Abby, Ella, Parker, Hunter, Owen, Sophie, Callahan, Caden, Rory, Molly, Eleanor and Elizabeth.

If you care to make a contribution in Mike’s memory, the family suggests Rockhurst High School or the Michael J. Callahan Memorial Fund : which benefits Catholic education endeavors. Please share a memory at


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 16, 2018

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 17, 2018

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, February 17, 2018


Michael J. "Mike" Callahan

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Val Tankard

February 19, 2018

We will remember Mike's welcoming smile and gentle kindness especially at Christmas time. He is missed.


Val and Tim Tankard

Dan French

February 18, 2018

Kathleen, Connor and Family:

Happy memories in those stands at 3&2, our heart goes out to you all and pray Mike's legacy and love carries you through each day ahead!

God Bless!

Dan & Jacob

William Smith

February 17, 2018

It's been such a blessing for me to get to know my Hill cousins. So sorry they are experiencing another loss in their lives. My love and prayers to Kathleen and all the family.....

February 17, 2018

Mike, Your obituary, and that one word incredible says it all. Thank you so much for all that you are, all that you gave, and all the difference you made in so many people's lives. You have, and will continue to impact people's lives, as a pebble tossed into water, and the waves become non ending. May God Bless You, your family, and your many, many friends during this difficult time now, and in the future.

Jackie Nowick Kamin

February 17, 2018

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike for close to 60 years and sharing the planning of our 50 year reunion with him, He was a fine man and will long be remembered.

Larry Ruby

February 16, 2018

Thanks, Mike, for the gift of your life to your family, friends, and all those you cared for. Memories of you and Kathleen's generosity to Rockhurst lives in posterity. How I enjoyed the many conversations on "how to raise boys"! A life well lived is the greatest gift of all.

February 16, 2018

Mary and the Callahan Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Please know that you are all in our prayers.
Peggy and Jim VanDyke

February 16, 2018

Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family. Kristi and John Kramer

February 16, 2018

The Neenan Family is so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a very special person. You are in our hearts and prayers as you walk through the days ahead. Keep his memories golden and next to your heart as you go.

Then Mike Neenan family.

February 16, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the Callahan family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you each day. - Ps 145:18,19


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