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Hugh Clayton Callihan, 89, was called to heaven March 5, 2017, in Louisville, surrounded by his loving wife of 68 years, Kathryn and family.
Hugh was born March 22, 1927, in Ashland, a son of the late Herbert G. and Stella Edna Brewer Callihan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Totten and Gail VanHorn; and his beloved daughter, Rebecca Callihan Noel.
Recently before moving to Louisville to be closer to his family, Hugh was a devoted member of Rose Hill Baptist Church in Ashland. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1945 and immediately entered the U.S. Army serving in the World War II European Theater 793rd Military Police Battalion. He worked for Standard Overall, FW Means and retired from AK Steel in 1991 after 20 years of service. He enjoyed sports and the outdoors, he was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman and story teller.
He was a giving and humble family man truly putting all others first, a generous and loving honey, dad, daddy and pa-paw.
In addition to his wife, Kathryn Griffith Callihan also a native of Ashland, he leaves behind his children, a son, Rick (Pat) Callihan of Louisville and daughter, Lisa (Richard Martin) Wandrick of Beaufort, S.C.; a brother, Mike (Rhelda) Callihan of Flatwoods; six grandchildren, Clay (Amy) Callihan of Louisville, Bob (Jessica) Callihan of Louisville, Joe (Nikole) Callihan of Ocala, Fla., Kayla Wandrick of Augusta, Ga., Alex Wandrick of Atlanta, Ga., and Tucker Martin of Beaufort; and five great-grandchildren, Julia, Kat, Elliott, Lucy and Abbie all of Louisville.
A celebration of Hugh's life will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel in Ashland with words of comfort provided by Tom Stephens. Entombment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park Mausoleum in Ashland.
Friends may call after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Rose Hill Christian School, 1001 Winslow Rd., Ashland, KY 41102.
Condolences may be left at steenfuneralhome.com.
Published on  March 5, 2017
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