OBITUARY

Robert James Callaway

October 3, 1925June 22, 2020

Robert James Callaway, 94 of Mesa, Az passed away on June 22nd. He will lay to rest with his wife at the Veteran’s National Memorial Cemetery. Robert was born in Moline, IL on October 3rd, 1925. He was married on June 8th, 1947 to June Hjelm. Robert (Bob) served in the Navy during WWII. Stationed in the South Pacific and was a member of the Greatest Generation. As a young adult he enjoyed playing drums and jazz music. He could sing as well as Sinatra. Upon moving to Arizona he spent many years employed at Motorola. Robert is survived by his daughters Charna Callaway-Heath (Dan) and Robin Lembo (Andrew). 6 Grandchildren; Tiffany Harrison, Rhonda Welling (Michael), James Lembo (Amy), Traci Kuhn (Anthony), Mark Lembo (Ashley) and Chelsey Heath. 9 Great Grandchildren; Tatum Perez, Natalie Lembo, Karlie Lembo, Ethan Lembo, Neveah Heath, Addison Lembo, Sophia Lembo, Benjamin Welling and Lucas Lembo. Robert is preceded in death by wife June Callaway and granddaughter Tonja Harrison.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

Memories

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Mari Dewberry

June 27, 2020

I never knew that Mr. Calloway played the drums or enjoyed jazz music but when I was 13, I remember thinking he was handsome enough to be part of the Rat Pack.
He was larger than life and when he entered a room, his presence did not go unnoticed. His humor was contagious and our conversations almost always ended with a belly laugh.

The Calloway’s Scottsdale home was warm an inviting. There was always fresh coffee brewing, an empty chair around the kitchen table to occupy, and Scandinavian souvenirs scattered throughout. I loved hanging out at their house, sometimes Robin wasn’t even there. 😉 Anyone who entered always felt “ Velkommen“.

Robin, thank you for sharing you parents with me. I truly believe God puts people into our lives in order to weave their threads into our personal tapestries. When I step back and look at mine, the Calloway stitches are bold and rich and allow me to reflect the blessings Bob and June provided.

Much love and prayers to you and your family,
Mari Robbins Dewberry

Tiffany Harrison

June 27, 2020

My favorite memory is of all us grandkids standing in line water logged from swimming, waiting excitedly for our two scoops of Basha’s chocolate ice cream. While our grandpa sang a variety of songs to us and occasionally yelled at us to “simmer down”!!

James Lembo

June 27, 2020

Grandpa Bob,
We were buds as far back as I can remember. I have too many special memories to share. The Phoenix Suns, sleep overs, pickles, the old person club pool, watering aunt Sis’ plants to name a few. I’ll miss you and always remember you. I love you, we all love you.

Mark Lembo

June 27, 2020

My Grampa Bob, or as a child I thought of as Fred Flinstone or the Grumpy old man. I will never forget all the times spent playing with the trains and making your Christmas town. Love you and miss you, and in your words " your alright".

Rhonda Welling

June 27, 2020

I love you Grandpa. I’ll always remember our walks with Tigger. Swinging on your porch talking about life and swimming at the pool. I think about how you’d take me the long way to your house from mine just because I wanted to see the “big fountain.” Your deep voice. I would never loose you when we’d go run errands or go get Bashas chocolate ice cream. I could here you clear across the grocery store just thinking aloud and talking to yourself. You bared a striking resemblance to Fred Flintstone. Ben (my 3 year old) refers to his daily vitamins as “Grandpa Bob vitamins.” The Christmas Eves, 4th of July’s and reading the funnies with me when I was supposed to be napping. All the times I’d stay with you and grandma I hold dear to my heart. I‘ll miss you very much Grandpa Bob. Give Grandma and Tonja a hug for me. Saddy Addy.

Robin Lembo (Callaway)

June 27, 2020

My Dad, The best Dad ever. Thank you for being my Dad . Always there for me from my little girl worries to my adult worries. Probably my best friend. The day I fell out of the attic and broke my foot, crawling in the house while the phone was ringing wondering who could be calling now. It was you! Still wonder what made you call at that time, anyway even though you lived 30 minutes away you were here in 15. We will always remember Saturday mornings you coming by for pancakes, coming to basketball games, soccer games, dance recitals, Sunday school programs, helping Andrew with cars and yard work. My Daddy, I will always love you and you will always be in my heart. Thank you for being my Dad!

Amy Lembo

June 27, 2020

The first time I met grandpa Bob, he told James, “this one is a keeper!” I remember feeling so giddy inside.

Taco Tuesday was our thing. He would look forward to his Taco Bell tacos every Tuesday night, when we would stop by after work.

Last but not least, he was my husbands absolute favorite! James loved grandpa Bob so much!

Rest In Peace! We love you!

Traci Kuhn

June 26, 2020

Rest in Paradise, grandpa. Thanks for the trips to the swimming pool, fireworks on the 4th of July and the best Christmas Eves. Thanks for the Reeses cereal and the Goober for my sandwiches. Thanks for always keeping potatoes in the house while I stayed with you and for letting me know they are healthy because they have potassium. 🤣 No thanks for the hominy, it still tastes terrible. Thanks for Professor Teddy Bear, I still cling to him at times when I'm sad. My childhood memories on Kiowa are forever with me and will be cherished. Saddy-addy.

Cathy Dallal Scheske

June 25, 2020

I have so many memories! One of my favorite is sitting in the watching your dad and mom cook dinner! Another one is our trips to Las Vegas. He is back with my parents having a ‘discussion’. Love all of you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY