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Jeffrey Callahan

Jeffrey D. Callahan, 64, of Troy, born Saturday, June 4, 1955 in Moline, passed away on Sunday,  September 1, 2019 in Maryville.

Jeff was a member of Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, Maryville. He was a Sommelier at Porter’s Steakhouse in Collinsville for 21 years and was known throughout the area as “the Wine Guy.” He was founder and educator at Mid-American School of Wine. Jeff was a CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine), and a member of Society of Wine Educators as well as Court of Master Sommeliers. He was a graduate of Concordia, Black Hawk College and Moline High School.

Surviving are his children, Tamsone Barley of Kirkwood, Missouri and Donald Callahan of Troy; longtime friend and adopted sister, Lori (Greg) Fremder of Troy; adopted nieces, Becky, Cassi and Kylie Fremder, Mabel and Maxine Asbury; and many dear friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mary (nee Vickers) Callahan.

Friends may call 11:30 a.m. to 12:30, Saturday, September 7, at Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, 150 Wilma Drive, Maryville.

Memorial services will start at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, at Our Lord’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Darla Ann Kratzer officiating.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will follow at Porter’s Steakhouse, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville.

Memorials may be made to Partners for Pets, PO Box 445, Troy, IL 62294 or Leader Dogs for the Blind, PO Box 242, St. Jacob, IL 62281. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Richeson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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