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Father Arthur McCann

Posted November 04, 2013 in Obituaries, Waukee

December 27, 1935 – November 1, 2013

Father Art McCann

Father Art McCann

Father Arthur McCann 77, died on All Saints Day, Friday, November 1, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 4, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Des Moines. Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery in Creston.

Father Art was born in Creston to Leonard P. and Margaret H. (McCoy) McCann on December 27, 1935. He attended St. Malachy School and Creston High School. Father Art graduated from Loras College in Dubuque in 1958 and St Bernard Seminary, Dubuque in 1962. He was ordained at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines on June 3, 1962, by The Most Rev. Edward C., Daly, O.P., Bishop of Des Moines. Father Art’s other studies include Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA. 1981-1982; and Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN, 1987-1989 for clinical pastoral education.

Father Art’s assignments as a priest include St. Anthony Parish and Dowling High School in Des Moines, 1962-1965; St. Albert High School, Council Bluffs, 1965-1967; St. Augustin Church, Des Moines 1967-1969; St. Boniface Church, Westphalia, 1969-1974; Immaculate Conception Church, Creston 1974-1975; Holy Spirit Parish, Creston 1975-1978; Team Ministry, Creston-Afton-Lenox, 1978-1981; St. Pius X Parish, Urbandale 1982-1987; and Des Moines City Hospital Chaplaincy, 1989-2001. He retired in 2001.

Father Art enjoyed a good sense of humor, traveling, playing cards, reading and cooking. He will be missed by his family, friends, and all those he served during his priesthood.

Father Art is survived by his sisters Jane (William) Linthicum of Des Moines and Dorothy Armstrong of Silvis, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Edward McCann, sister-in-law Betty McCann, brother-in-law William Armstrong, and a niece, Catherine Jane Linthicum.

Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation in Urbandale or Our Lady of the Mississippi Valley Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Des Moines where a Vigil service will be held at 3 p.m. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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