John H. Callahan, 76, died on May 4, 2003, at a Great Falls hospice of lung cancer. Cremation has taken place.

A funeral Mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the St. Jude's Catholic Church in Havre. Burial of ashes will be in the Highland Cemetery in Havre.

John was

born on May 10, 1926. He was raised in Havre and attended St. Jude's Grade School and graduated from Havre High School in 1944. He attended Northern Montana College.

John married Jane Zygmond in 1949 at the St. Jude's Catholic Church in Havre. Jane died on March 15, 2003.

John attended the Merchant Marines Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. and was later stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago. He served as a clerk typist for the Army.

John worked for Havre Electric Co., eventually owning the business.

John was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks, Eagles and the Havre Central Booster Club. He was an avid sports fan and Chicago Cubs supporter. He was a member of the 1941 Havre High School State Championship football team and the 1957 State Championship fast pitch softball team. He spent a number of years officiating basketball and umpiring softball. He was inducted into the Montana Softball Hall of Fame in 1993. Following his retirement, he enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in the Bear Paw Mountains, golfing and following his grandchildren's sporting activities.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Zygmond Callahan; parents, Tom and Lydia Callahan; and brother, Patrick.

Survivors include her daughters, Shannon (Owen) Johnson of Billings, Maureen (Russ) Wicks of Ledger, and Kerry (Bob) Bronson of Great Falls; sons, Patrick Callahan of Seward, Alaska and Timothy Callahan of Havre; sisters, Kathleen Overcast of Quincy, Wash. and Patricia Morris of Havre; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to the St. Jude's Catholic School in Havre or the Peace Hospice of Montana.


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