Michael J. Callaghan 60, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 following a courageous battle with Pancreatic and Small Cell Lung cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Church of The Nativity with Rev. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd. where a parish scripture wake service will be recited at 7:00 p.m.
Mike was born on April 26, 1957 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Donald and Lorraine (Christ) Callaghan. After attending Hempstead High School, Mike landed his first radio job on the University of Dubuque’s campus radio station. Soon after he worked for Fun Country, KIX FM, FOX 102 and FROGGY just to name a few. He eventually joined 92.9 KAT-FM radio station in 1994 and became a longtime disc jockey, Program Director and Co-host of the morning show for the station. He also worked at Creslanes Bowling for 30 years.
On June 4, 1977, Mike married Sharon McArdle at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family gatherings -whether a Saturday night road trip to various supper clubs, Sunday dinners or their annual trip to the Wisconsin Dells to honor the memory of his daughter Samantha, were the most important things in his life. He also enjoyed giving his son-in-law, Tim a hard time about football. Whenever the Vikings (Tims Favorite team) were playing, Mike would borrow a shirt from the opposing team to wear on game day, just to antagonize Tim. Mike eventually became a Viking's fan.
Mike was a member of the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 355.
Surviving are his wife, Sharon of Dubuque; his daughters Chrissy (Tim) March, Lori Callaghan and Ashley (significant other Tyler Riegler) Callaghan all of Dubuque, his grandchildren Natalie and Alivia March and Kylie Callaghan-Poen; his brother Gary (Marge) Callaghan of Lakeland, FL and his nephew Donald (Heather) Callaghan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Samantha.
A Michael J. Callaghan memorial fund has been established.
The Callaghan wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Hermann and his staff and Hospice of Dubuque, especially his nurse Jennifer F. and social worker Stephanie, for their constant care and support.
A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest, It broke our hearts to see you go, God only takes the best. They say that memories are golden, Well maybe that is true, But we never wanted memories, We only wanted you. Your life was love and labour, Your love for family true, You did your best for all of us, We will always remember you. We sat beside your bedside, Our hearts were crushed and sore, We did our duty to the end, ‘Til we could do no more. In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away, And though our hearts were breaking, We knew you could not stay.