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SGT Sean Callahan

June 14, 1985 February 18, 2017
SGT Sean Callahan
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Obituary for SGT Sean Callahan

SGT Sean F. Callahan, 31, of Cedar Rapids, died unexpectedly on February 18, 2017. Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 50 2nd Avenue SE, (Mays Island), Cedar Rapids, with a Rosary at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church, 857 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids. Interment with military honors will follow at St John's Cemetery, 1340 17th Street SE, Cedar Rapids. Arrangements are with Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
Sean was born June 14, 1985 to John (Gary) and Ruth Callahan of Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Metro High School in 2005. Prior to enlisting in the Army, Sean worked and made lifelong friendships at Alter Metal Recycling, Donutland, and at various establishments of equally various tenure, including handling animals for a traveling carnival.
Sean enlisted in the United States Army in March 2008 as an M-1 Armor Crewman, 19K. He deployed in December 2009 to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn, with 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Georgia. Following his re-deployment in December 2010, Sean was reassigned to Fort Irwin, California with 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he trained units for deployment. Sean’s final duty station was Fort Hood, Texas assigned to III Corps headquarters as the ceremonial flag custodian.
Sean’s love of the outdoors was his passion in life and included: camping, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, trapping, and all manners of weaponry. He took special interest in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with family and friends.
Sean was preceded in death by his grandparents John P. and Mary Callahan of Cedar Rapids and Jerome and Catherine Croghan of Manning, Iowa.
Sean is survived by parents, John G. and Ruth of Cedar Rapids; sisters, Tammy of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Rachel and Claire of Cedar Rapids; brothers, Joseph of West Allis, Wisconsin, Alan of Mason City, Iowa, Andrew (Elizabeth) and James of Cedar Rapids, 11 nieces and nephews, and many, many dear friends locally, nationally and around the globe.
Sean’s impact on those who knew him simply cannot be measured and the absence of his infectious smile and quick wit will be deeply missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

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1:00 PM 2/26/2017 1:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 2/26/2017 5:00:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Building on May's Island

50 2nd Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

A rosary will begin at 5 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Building on May's Island
50 2nd Avenue SE Cedar Rapids 52401 Iowa
United States

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 2/27/2017 10:00:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

857 3rd Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
857 3rd Ave. SE Cedar Rapids 52403 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. John's Cemetery Final Resting Place

1340 17th St. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

1340 17th St. SE Cedar Rapids 52403 IA
United States

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