Frank “Mickey” Callahan, “The Judge” age 83, of Schererville, formerly East Chicago, passed away peacefully Friday, June 5, 2020 at home. Mickey is survived by his children: Timothy Callahan (Lenora and her family) and Susan Callahan (Nick Fiore); great-grandson, Jayden Callahan and Jayden’s grandmother, Paula Callahan; sisters: Patricia (Donald) Broderick, Carolyn (late Ed) Duggan, Kathleen (Keith) Miller, and Nancy Callahan; brother-in-law, Fred Simms; and dear life-long friend, Joe Costanza. Preceded in death by his wife, Pat; granddaughter, Megan Callahan, parents, Roger and Julia (nee Herod) Callahan; and mother-in-law, Anne Simms.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at FIFE FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, Indiana. Mass of Christian Burial and Interment will be private. Please omit flowers, memorial donations requested to St. Mary Church, 802 W. 144th St., East Chicago, IN 46312
Born and raised in East Chicago, Mickey was a 1954 graduate of EC Washington High School, Indiana University, Valparaiso University Law School and a U.S. Army Veteran. In 1962 he married the love of his life and best friend Patricia Ann. Mickey practiced law in East Chicago for 59 years and also served East Chicago as its City Judge and Corporation Counsel. He was involved in numerous community, civic, and legal organizations during his lifetime and was active in democratic politics. Mickey’s political career began with a challenge, running against a 20-year political icon; with the help and organization of the Callahan Clan, especially his mother and sisters and his wife, Pat and her family and friends, Mickey was victorious and became East Chicago’s youngest City Judge. As City Judge he was recognized in Jet Magazine as the first white Judge to appoint a black magistrate to his court, Attorney Henry Walker. Mickey had an unsurpassed zest and passion for life; he was an entertaining story-teller extraordinaire, had an unrivaled sense of humor, and was a great cook. Along with his wife, Pat, they were gracious hosts to hundreds of memorable gatherings throughout the years. Mickey was a true East Chicago Legend and will be missed by all who knew him.
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