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Errett Callahan Jr.

Obituary of Errett Hargrove Callahan Jr.

Errett Hargrove Callahan, Jr., born December 17, 1937 and died May 29, 2019 in Lynchburg, VA. He attended Christ Church School, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Commonwealth University and Catholic University (where he earned a master’s and PhD in anthropology). He enjoyed being a teacher, Boy Scout and Boy Scout leader and artist. He started the Mountain Man Program at Camp Monacan Scout Camp in the 1960’s. He was also founder of the Society of Primitive Technology. As an experimental archeologist (reconstructing stone knives, ceramics, bows and arrows, and primitive houses of ancient people ) he was recognized as one of the international leaders in the field. He authored several books about his projects, most recently about Danish Daggers.

He was preceded by his father, Errett Callahan, Sr. and Mary Ingraham Callahan, of Lynchburg, VA. He leaves behind his daughter, Melody Callahan, Lynchburg, VA and his son, Tim Callahan of Portland, OR, three grandchildren (Chris, Megan and Ryan), brothers David of Huddleston, VA and Bill of Amherst, VA.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Cliffside, 2 Fredonia Ave., Lynchburg, VA, 24503 from 11-4 PM. Please bring a lawn chair and covered dish.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to, (for Parkinson’s research) or The Mountain Man Boy Scout Program,  make checks payable to B.R.M.C and send to Boy Scouts of America, 2131 Valley View Blvd, Roanoke, VA 24012

Diuguid Funeral Service ^ Crematory, Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. On-line condolences may be sent to


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Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Residence -Cliffside
2 Fredonia Ave.
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Bring a lawn chair and covered dish.