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Updated: 03/23/2014 08:00:02AM

Richard Edward Callahan Sr.

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Richard Edward “Cal” Callahan Sr., 66, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Sarasota, Fla.

He was born Dec. 13, 1947, in Camden, N.J., to John Joseph and Antoinette (nee Giggliotti) Callahan.

Cal served our country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, and received a National Defense Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal and an Expert Rifle Shot Medal. In 1971, Cal married his true love, Donna Knapp. He went on to become a Lieutenant for the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, and retired after 25 years. In 2000, Cal and Donna moved to Arcadia. Cal worked security for the Peace River Campground, and met many friends, who became his Florida family. He enjoyed traveling throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in their motor home. Cal was an avid gun collector, and loved animals. Above all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Donna Callahan of Arcadia; sons, John (Metta) Callahan of Barrington, N.J., and Richard Callahan Jr. of Levittown, Pa.; brothers-in-law, Ken Knapp of Elmira, N.Y., and Phill Knapp of Bristol, Va.; granddaughter, Delaney Callahan; grandson, George Callahan; and his Florida family, George and Jonica Lempenau, Bob and Cindy Hickey, and other Peace River Campground residents. Cal also leaves behind his black Lab, Starr.

A gathering to celebrate Cal’s life will be held at 3 p.m. today, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the home of George and Jonica Lempenau at the Peace River Campground. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Survival Outreach Sanctuary, 22005 Bowman Road, Spring Hill, FL 34610. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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