MISSION – Benedict Henry Callanan, 90, passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at his home in Mission.
Mr. Callanan was born on March 2, 1924, in Springfield, Minn. to Edward and Rose Callanan. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was stationed in Australia, New Guinea and The Philippines. He enrolled at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. and graduated in 1950 with a degree in pharmacy. He married Ethel Mueller on July 23, 1952, in Springfield and owned and operated Ben’s Pharmacy in Winnebago, Minn. from the 1950s until 1978 when he moved to Mission. He was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission.
Survivors include his son, Mark Callanan of Mission; daughters; Rebecca Huening of Munich, Germany, Mary Jo Callanan of Mission; sisters, Alice Miller of Roseville, Minn. and Rita Windschitl of Comfrey, Minn.; and nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ethel Callanan; his parents; brother, Edward Callanan; sisters, Mary Zschetzsche, Agnes Bergee and Ruth Callanan.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery.