David J. Callaway – Butler County Gazette
February 1, 1950 August 5, 2022
David Jerome Callaway, 72, died peacefully on August 5, 2022, in El Dorado, Kansas, with his wife, Jennifer, by his side after a 14-year battle with a brain tumor.
Dave was born in Beatrice, Neb., on February 1, 1950, to parents William R. and Lucille Callaway. The Callaway family moved to El Dorado in 1953. Dave graduated in 1968 from El Dorado High School, where he played basketball for four years. He went to Butler County Community College, where he continued his basketball career and became a lifelong Grizzlies fan. After a time at the University of Kansas, Dave graduated from Emporia State
University in 1972 with a degree in commerce. He married Jennifer Main in 1977.
Dave has spent his entire professional career in the insurance industry. In December 1981, Dave and Bill Douglass established Callaway Douglass and Associates, an independent insurance agency. The agency merged with Wichita Dulaney, Johnston & Priest Insurance in 1997, and Dave served as president of the company for three years. Dave retired from insurance in 2004 after decades of tireless work caring for his thousands of valued customers.
After retirement, Dave turned to his side business, which involved real estate, property management and a storage facility. Dave loved his hometown of El Dorado and found joy in investing there through contributions to business, real estate, and civic organizations.
Throughout his life, some of Dave’s favorite things have been competing in recreational softball and basketball, cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks, going for walks with friends, playing the “numbers game” to see who would take the lead. lunch tab, organizing the last second Christmas Eve shopping, mentoring and supporting young entrepreneurs, spending holidays with family and friends and attending mass every Sunday
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008, Dave maintained a positive attitude despite the many challenges that followed, including a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. After the brain surgery, as Dave walked out of the post-op room, he said, “Dave: 1; tumour: 0.” The family is grateful for the 14 years that Dave spent on earth after the operation
Dave was predeceased by his mother, Lucille Zahm Callaway. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his daughters Kristin (Michael) Bogner and Kelsey (Jeremy) Sundgren; her father, William R. Callaway; his brother Michael (Marsha) Callaway; brother Steven (Joe Parrish) Callaway; sister Becky Callaway; grandchildren Ruby, Violet, Sylvie, Marigold and Dashiell; step-grandchildren Afton and Maddox; and his nephew Evan (Elyse) Callaway.
A funeral service celebrating Dave’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on August 12 at St. John’s Catholic Church in El Dorado. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 11 at the church, and a wake service will follow the visitation. Memorials have been established with the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Cancer Center and St. John’s Catholic Church in El Dorado.