MEXICO MO – Raymond Callanan, formerly of Vandalia and then Farmington, MO, passed away on October 26, 2017 at the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico, Missouri at the age of 93. He was born July 25, 1924 in Comfrey, Minnesota to the late Edward Callanan and Mae Rose (Amsden) Callanan. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Leroy Callanan, his youngest sister, Mae Schlimme, and a brother, Ed Callanan. He married Lois (Bakke) Callanan who preceded him in death; then he was married Virgie (Bloom) Callanan who also preceded him in death.

Ray was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Army and was actively involved in the 65th Infantry Division. He was a life time member of the Farmington VFW and was past grand master of the St. Francois Odd Fellow Lodge #48. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Farmington. Ray had been an electrician and was formerly superintendent of Municipal Utilities in Vandalia. In his spare time he was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed bowling as well as his lodge activities, especially the lodge and VFW Pancake Breakfasts.

Survivors include two sisters, Vera Hyatt of Aberdeen, South Dakota and Dodi Callanan, Sartell, Minnesota; daughter, Susan Dyer of Columbia, Missouri, son, Kenny (Patty) Callanan of Kellogg, Minnesota; and daughter, Kathy Hermen, Perryville, Arkansas.; grandchildren Zachary (Rachel) Callanan, twin great-grandsons Mason and Grayson, Belleville, Illinois, Patrick Callanan, Plainville, Minnesota, Brian (Jennifer) King, Conway, Arkansas, and Amanda Leslie, Perryville, Arkansas; one daughter-in-law Dorothy Callanan of Poplar Bluff, MO; and 11 additional great-grandchildren.

A small funeral service was held October 30 with an Odd Fellow Service at Cozean Memorial Chapel in Farmington. Interment with military honors followed at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Farmington.

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