Robert Melvin Callahan

Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | March 30, 2020

Robert Melvin Callahan, age 95 died on March 27, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1924 in New Kensington. He was the son of the late Frank and Edith Ferguson Callahan.

Robert was a Staff Sergeant for the United States Marine Corps. He served his country during WWII. He was stationed on the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea. He fought in the Battle of Mindinao, part of Operation VICTOR V, which was the campaign to liberate the Philippines. He also fought in the Battle of Okinawa, and was later stationed in China where he worked on the return of Japanese prisoners to Japan.

He enjoyed vacationing in Key West, FL, visiting casinos, watching the sports channel with his dogs, sunbathing, and cutting grass on his riding mower.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Moore Callahan, step-children; Nola (John) Barton, and James (Tia)Werner Jr. both of Johnstown, PA. grandchildren; Frank, Scott, Dan, Chrissy, Abbie, Brittany, Jimmy, Matt, Breanna, Justin, Timmy, Robert, Ricky, and Christopher, and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Holeva, daughters; Milveen McDoneagh, and Ailyne Olszewski, siblings; Ted, Wes, Bill, Pearl, Doris, Lester, Edward, Melvin and Yvonne.

A memorial service lead by Father James Bump will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177).  

Remembrances may be made in Robert’s name to Mission K9, P.O. Box 395 Needville, TX 77461-0395.  To share a memory or condolence, visit

Originally published March 30, 2020.

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