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Johnny CallawayApril 23, 1946 ~ May 22, 2017 (age 71)
Johnny Milton Callaway, 71, met his Savior on May 22, 2017 at his home in Caldwell, Idaho. Johnny was born at Mercy Hospital in Nampa on April 23rd, 1946 to Milton and Florence (Crawford) Callaway. He entered the world as a little brother to siblings MaryAnn and Lauren. The family was made complete when his youngest sibling Teresa was born.
Johnny grew up on the family farm in the Riverside area of Caldwell. His education began at the two-room Lakeview Schoolhouse, and ended at Vallivue High School as the first graduating class of 1964. John moved to Oregon to attend college, but soon returned home to help his folks with the farm. In his 20’s, John acquired the beloved “40”. This property had been around for generations, and will continue to be a part of the family for generations to come.
In 1968 John married Charlene Thurston and together they had four daughters, Kimberly, Karla, Keri, and Krista. He was an amazing father and was very active in their lives. He loved being involved in 4-H with them, would be seen at all of their sporting events, as well as taking many camping and hunting trips.
In 1979 John and his dad were hired at the Boise Project Board of Control. He began as a ditch rider and retired as the Water Master 26 years later. John loved bringing his crew together and started the wild game feeds, which continue on to this day. Work was more than a paycheck to John, there he gained friendships that lasted a lifetime.
In 1997 John married Cheryl Engle. They made their home in Caldwell until John retired. They moved to Kooskia, Idaho where they owned property on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, known to all as “The Cabin”. It was a place for family and friends to enjoy John’s love for the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, artifact finder, huckleberry and blackberry picker, as well as historian on the surrounding area. John was well known in the local community for harvesting sweet corn, his labor of love. In 2012 John and Cheryl moved back to the family farm to be closer to family.
John is survived by his wife Cheryl Callaway; daughters, Kim Richardson, Karla Callaway (Joe Usabel), Keri (Max) Tinsley, and Krista Callaway; Cheryl’s children, Bron (Cherish) Engle, Misty (Martin) Larsen, and Jason (Sherry) Engle; Sisters, Mary Ann (Steve) Richards and Teresa (Larry) Prescott; Grandchildren, Nick and Kelsey Aevermann, Kambry and Shasta Richardson, Alex, and Charli Tinsley, Gage Callaway, Kosha, Bodee, and Hunter Engle, Cheyenne and Jordan Branen, Austin, Autumn, Aliyah, and Ashton Engle; Great-grandchild Aspen Branen, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his parents Milton and Florence Callaway; brother, Lauren Callaway; infant brother, Dickie Callaway; Nephew, Dean Callaway; Great Nephew, Austin Blankenburg; Niece, Chelsie Cayford; Grandson, JP Branen.
John’s girls would also like to thank Cheryl for being a wonderful caretaker and companion, being by his side around the clock giving him loving care.
A viewing for John will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 9am-11am and his Celebration of Life service will begin at 11am. Both services will be held at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho. Condolences may be given at Flahifffuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or American Cancer Society.