Robert Lynn's Story
SCOTIA - Robert Lynn Callahan, 90, of Scotia, passed away April 22, 2017, following a short illness.
Born in Burr Oak, Kansas, to the late Charles and Bertha Winslow Calahan, Robert's family moved to Oregon during the Dust Bowl. He served with the United States Navy during World War II and, following the war, he returned to Oregon where he began his career with the United States Postal Service.
He later moved to Cooperstown, to take a position as rural letter carrier and was appointed postmaster of Cooperstown by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, retiring in 1981. After his retirement from the Postal Service, Robert worked as a docent at the Baseball Hall of Fame for several years.
In retirement, Robert and his wife, Mary, spent many winters in Florida and summers in upstate New York and Maine to be close to family. He enjoyed playing golf and pool, watching baseball, working on jigsaw puzzles and traveling.
In addition to his parents, Robert was also predeceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Fitzgerald Callahan, who passed away in 2008; sister, Carol Parsons; and brother, Donald Calahan.
Survivors include his four children, Patricia (Clare) Carpentier of Scotia, James (Teresa) Callahan of Portland, Oregon, Susan (Ken) McKinley of Rockport, Maine and Dennis (Michelle Marlin) Callahan of Wyncote, Pennsylvania; brother, Russell (Donna) Calahan of Astoria, Oregon; eight grandchildren, Megan Carpentier, Pamela (Kevin Nesburg) Carpentier, Kevin Callahan, Joseph and Robert McKinley, and Ryan, Jacqueline and Gregory Callahan; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Colin Nesburg; several nieces, nephews; and his companion of several years, Joyce Castaneda.
The family thanks the nurses and medical staff of the neurology floor at Ellis Hospital for their many kindnesses, as well as the staff of Kingsway Village in Schenectady.
Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday May 7, at The White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. The family will receive relatives and friends there on Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Inurnment will take place on Monday in Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to a charity of their choice. Robert supported Disabled American Veterans.
To express condolences, visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 2, 2017