Longtime Soldotna resident Harvey R. Callahan died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at his house with his wife by his side. He was 63.
No services will be held per Mr. Callahan's request.
Mr. Callahan was born February 25, 1945, to Henry and Eula Callahan in White City, Okla. He moved to Soldotna on Jan. 15, 1983. He worked for the cable company that installed the very first cable TV in Soldotna. He also worked on the on the platforms. For the last 10 years he has been the official "Grandpa" at Grandma's House Daycare in Soldotna.
"He was a big crotchety bear of a man with a big loud voice with the heart of a teddy bear. He tried very hard to keep that teddy bear heart well hidden. In the last 23 years that we've owned the daycare, he has bounced many babies on his knees, he's tickled lots of bellies and played on the floor with lots and lots of children. He loved to give them all their own nicknames and some of them were really outstanding. If you didn't know him by name, I'm sure you've seen him around town. He was the big guy in the big loud purple pick-up truck with his dog Tipsie at his side. He loved all of us very much and was very much loved in return. Harvey will be missed terribly," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Barbara Jean Burris and Bessie Jones; brother-in-law, Ken Green; and 5-month-old grandson, Brice Lightle.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lynda Callahan of Soldotna; sons, Terry Callahan of Portland, Ore., Aaron McBride, and his wife, Paige, of Monroe, N.C., and David McBride and his wife, Hollie Lujan of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters, Tawny Lightle and her husband, Brian, of Grants Pass, Ore., and Tina Kramer of Eugene, Ore.; sister, Dorthy Green of Dierks, Ark.; brother, LD Callahan of N.C.; grandchildren, Brady and Demi Lightle and Kye William Fisher, all of Grants Pass, and Jesse Dean Genereux of Fresno, Calif., Jason, Jimmy, Destiny, Brittany, Jesse and James Kramer, all of Eugene, Wyatt and Evan McBride of Monroe, N.C., Sierra and Kaylie of Sacramento; great-grandsons, Jaden Kramer of Eugene, and Scott Fisher, of Grants Pass.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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