Rushville Republican

February 11, 2013

Ora Vernal Callahan, 86

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Ora Vernal Callahan, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Greenfield. He was a resident of Greenfield.

Ora was born Feb. 14, 1926 in Rushville to William and Bertha (Lower) Callahan.

Ora taught five years as a Vocational Agriculture Teacher at Mt. Comfort High School after graduation from Purdue University with an Ag Education degree. He retired in 1983 from Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op after 27 years of service as education and public relations manager.

He gave countless hours serving youth and agricultural organizations and received numerous awards from 4-H and FFA organizations for service and leadership.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Shirley (Hardwick) Callahan, Greenfield; five children, Lorraine (William) Ewing Jr., McCordsville, Colleen (Jerald) Sipple, Clarks Hill, Kevin (Joan) Callahan, Arizona, Lyndon (Sara) Callahan, Fishers, and Sheldon (Elizabeth) Callahan, North Webster; brother, Noel (Jo) Callahan, Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Kathleen Callahan, Indianapolis; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Estel Callahan; and sister, Dolletta Callahan.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at Vineyard Community Church-Mt. Comfort, 1672 North 600 West, Greenfield.

A family graveside service was conducted at East Hill Cemetery in Rushville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Ora Callahan 4-H Awards Fund at the Hancock County Community Foundation, 312 E. Main St. Greenfield, Indiana 46140 or donate online,

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel.