F.J. McCann 1914 - 2010 Leawood
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. F. J. “Mac” McCann, 95, Leawood, will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Curé of Ars Catholic Church, Leawood. Burial with full military honors will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Annunciation Catholic Cemetery, California, Mo., with a luncheon to follow at Annunciation Church.
Dr. McCann died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home in Leawood.
He was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Creston, Iowa, the son of James C. and Catherine Stulz McCann.
Following school, he explored the American West by hopping rides on freight trains and worked as a soda jerk and clerk in a local drug store. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1941 and served in the medical corps in the Pacific during World War II before being honorably discharged in 1943.
After pre-med studies at the University of Iowa, Dr. McCann earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine at Iowa State University in 1947. He first opened a practice in Kirksville, Mo., then soon moved his practice to California, Mo., working primarily with large animals. He retired after nearly 40 years in 1985.
He was a third-degree member of the Tipton, Mo., Council of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the National Rifle Association. In retirement,he was recognized for maintaining plantings and birdhouses in Proctor Park in California, Mo. He enjoyed organizing outdoor activities for his children and grandchildren, including float trips on the rivers of the Ozarks, biking along the Katy Trail, touch football games, water skiing, sledding and Easter egg hunts. Dr. McCann and his wife traveled to nearly every state of the union, Canada, Mexico, Europe and South America. His memoirs have recently been published on the Internet at kcvma.com.
He married Doris Mary Longenecker on June 24, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 2003.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include a son, Terry, Katy, Texas; three daughters, Nancy Keel, Lawrence, Vicki Price, Leawood, and Mary Lou McClanahan, Overland Park; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at church.
The family suggests memorials to The Fatima Crusader, 17000 State Route 30, Constable, NY 12926, or The Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103.
Weber Funeral Home in California, Mo., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at weberfuneralhome.net.