Daniel W. Callahan Jr., 75, of Oak Park, died on April 30, 2014. Born here on April 22, 1939, he attended Forest Park's St. Bernardine's Elementary School and Fenwick High School, graduating from Oak Park and River Forest High School. He served in the U.S. Marines for two years and was in the reserves for two more. He worked with his father, Daniel W. Callahan Sr., owner of D. W. Callahan and Sons Plumbing, Heating and Lawn Sprinklers from the age of 17. He and his brother, Thomas, purchased the family business after his father's retirement. In 2004, he retired.
Mr. Callahan was a member of the local Moose Club in Cicero and president of the Forest Park Kiwanis organization. He volunteered through Kiwanis during the holidays, delivering food, gifts and toys to children and families in need, and he looked forward to and enjoyed traveling and spending quality time with his wife and seven children.
He lived in Oak Park for 75 years and resided in his current home on Oak Park Avenue for 45 years.
Daniel Callahan is survived by his wife, Betty Callahan; his children, Cheryl (Mark) Puknaitis, Ronald Callahan, John (Arlene) Callahan, Karen Callahan Pappas, Kelly (Jeff) Chrusciel, Kim (Rick) Selby, and Courtney (Eddie) Cruz; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his siblings, Mike (Ann), Helen, Kathleen (Terry) O'Brien, Geri (Mike) Rice, Thomas (the late Viola) and Patsy (the late John) Collins and Patrick Callahan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel W. and Helen Callahan, and his sister, Mary (the late Edwin) Ziebell.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 8, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass, 10:30 a.m., at Oak Park's St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave.
Interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.