Services Set For Former Governor O'Callaghan

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More than 2,500 people are expected at the funeral Thursday for former Gov. Mike O'Callaghan, who died Friday at age 74.

Palm Mortuary director David Holt, whose funeral home is handling arrangements, said Monday he doesn't expect problems with crowds, parking or traffic despite the large number of anticipated mourners.

O'Callaghan, who served as governor from 1971 to 1979, was arguably the most popular chief executive in state history. After leaving office, he became executive editor of the Las Vegas Sun.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 55 E. Reno Ave, just east of the Las Vegas Strip and south of Tropicana Avenue. Burial will follow at the Southern Nevada Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Palm Mortuary-Eastern, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., south of Warm Springs Road.

Another service is scheduled next Tuesday in Carson City, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, located at 3000 North Lompa Lane. O'Callaghan was an active St. Teresa parishoner while he was governor.

The Rev. Jerry Hanley, pastor at St. Teresa, said the 12:15 p.m. memorial mass for O'Callaghan will be "a nice, goold old Irish celebration." He said many people in the Carson City area knew O'Callaghan well, and the second service will give them a chance to pay their respects.