Thank you, Wally.
With loving memory, Callahan’s Lodge honors Wally Crum, who by his own account (and 1000’s of others) was our “Bartender Extraordinaire.” Wally passed away on Wednesday, September 18, at home. He became Callahan’s Bar Manager in July, 1982. For 37 years he ranked among the most dedicated, loyal and best friends any company could desire. He embodied an endearing combination of gracious and grumpy. His spirit is forever part of “Wally’s Bar” where he served amazing cocktails, with a delightfully dry sense of humor and an unsurpassed dedication to a Southern Oregon Landmark and to you, our guests.
Please join us at “Wally’s Bar” on Wednesday, October 9, from 4:00-8:00 pm, to share Wally stories, feast on a special spaghetti supper and listen to live music.
We recommend reservations: 541-482-1299.
Come on up and celebrate Wally’s life with us.
Also, please let the front desk know if you want to spend the night with us so you can stay late and have a safe evening.
Wally Crum’s Obituary
Wallace Ray Crum, 83, passed into eternity on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at his home in Ashland, OR. He leaves a daughter, Nicole Marie Medico from Boston, MA, two grandchildren, Brianna and Michael Medico, a sister, Lynn Bowen from Murrieta, CA, nieces, Sharla Ott and Ramie Bowen, and nephews, Sheldon Cunningham, and Ryan and Randy Bowen.
Born on February 24, 1936, in Los Angeles, CA, he lived with his mother and two sisters until he joined the United States Army at age 18. He served as a military policeman for 24 years and was active in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He retired from the military in 1980.
After retiring in 1980, Wally returned to what he loved, bartending. He worked at Pee Wee’s, in Jacksonville, AL, and at Jazmin’s, in Ashland, OR. In July 1982, he found his home at Callahan’s Lodge in Ashland where he was the esteemed bar manager and “Bartender Extraordinaire.”
He was a gentle giant, a loyal servant, and devoted to the skill he had perfected. Some people perceived him as a grouchy old bartender, but those who knew him, knew that that was just a façade. Underneath he was kind and caring. He was an American patriot and philanthropist at heart. Wally will be greatly missed by generations of Callahan’s guests and co-workers who treasured knowing him.
A celebration of Wally’s life will be held at “Wally’s Bar,” Callahan’s Restaurant, on Wednesday, October 9, from 4-8 pm. Memories, music and spaghetti supper, will toast this local celebrity. For more information and reservations call, 541-482-1299.