“Simmie” Oslin Callahan IV, 66, of Amarillo died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Murray Gossett officiating. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Simmie was born March 30, 1946, in Amarillo to Simeon Oslin “Bittie” Callahan III and wife Margaret Jane.
Simmie was reared in Amarillo, graduating from Tascosa High School and Texas Tech University. He returned to Amarillo to begin his apprenticeship at Plains Plumbing, a company founded by his grandfather S.O. Callahan Jr., and passed down through his father, Bittie. Under his direction, and aided by his wife Gayle, the business flourished and continued to expand into larger projects including several local hospitals, Bell Helicopter, and West Texas A & M University. Simmie served his industry through personal involvement with various boards, all aiming to ensure a higher degree of ethics, integrity, and quality of workmanship in the State of Texas. Just as Simmie’s father, Bittie had done in the early 1980s, Simmie was privileged to serve as the President of the Mechanical Contractors Associations of Texas in 1991.
Simmie demonstrated the highest degree of ethical and Christian values in the workplace. He touched the lives of his employees with uncommon amounts of kindness, fairness and generosity, and instilled in them the virtues that he also instilled in his own family.
A devout outdoorsman, he was blessed with many friends and family who shared in his enthusiasm. An avid falconer, he flew a Red-Tailed Hawk and later a Harris Hawk named Hunka. Simmie’s love of Native American history and culture led to a chance encounter with a Kiowa Indian, who because of Simmie’s own proficiency with his long bow, was given the name “Hunter.”
Simmie and Gayle purchased a ranch in Collingsworth County, and this began his personal efforts along with his wife and children of restoring the land to its original state. He spent countless hours on his tractor, reseeding the land to prevent erosion, and numerous other activities to provide a haven for all wildlife to flourish. He had great respect for the Earth, and truly loved nature.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Simmie and Ruby Callahan; and his parents, Bittie and Margaret Callahan.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle; three children, Simmie Oslin Callahan V and wife Leslie of Amarillo, Hunter Callahan of Houston and Cody Haney and husband Dustin of The Woodlands; a grandson, Simeon Oslin Callahan VI of Amarillo; a sister, Jane Callahan of El Paso; and a cousin, Boo Pipkin Kemp of Amarillo and her three children, Shawn Maurice, Shannon Halley and Korey Callahan Kemp.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to your favorite charity.