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“He was an amazing person and was like an uncle to me ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Dylan Butler - Perry, IA

“So sorry to hear this! Dan was such a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Brittany Osborn - Springville, IA

“I am so sorry to hear this! I pray God fills you all with peace!! ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Tina Oclair - Fayetteville, NC

“He was a great teacher and he always cared for his students and put them before anything he always came to school even if he was in pain I admire him...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous - Perry, IA

“I had opportunity to meet Dan at Perry Middle School to collaborate about math. He was always eager to learn and would show concern and live for his...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Vickie Borich - Urbandale, IA

“He was the greatest teacher anyone could ask for, he made everything fun. I am one of his former students he had in 7th grade, he explained...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Joi Hoffman - perry, IA

“He was a very good teacher and he was my favorite at of all my other teachers. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Madison Knight - Perry, IA

“Melissa, I am do saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your precious daughter. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Maribeth ( mo) Overland - MN

“He was a great teacher and always made us students laugh... He will be remembered. He put up such a great fight, we will be praying for his family. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Lyanna Watkins - Perry - Teacher

“I'm so sorry for your lost he was a great math teacher and I'm so happy that I got to have him. He alway tried to make out lessons fun. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Grace Garrett - Perry, IA


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Daniel Steven McGinnis passed away May 2, 2020 after battling cancer with unwavering determination. A visitation will be held 3:00-6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6th at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). A private funeral service will be Thursday, May 7, 2020.
Dan was born on August 12, 1985 at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia to Tod Brubaker Jr. and Amy (McGinnis) Slaten. Dan grew up primarily in Indiana, graduating from Paoli High School in 2004. Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and graduated in the top of his class in AIT. With the army, Dan spent time in Oklahoma and Germany making many memories and friends along the way.
After 6 years of service in the Army, Dan moved to Iowa to attend college at Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in education. While in Ames, he met his wife, Melissa (Hulme) McGinnis in 2014. Dan and Melissa were married in November 2016. Most recently, Dan and Melissa lived in the Ankeny. His hobbies included disc golf, bowling, movies, football, biking, kayaking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. In 2019, Dan's lifelong dream came true when his daughter, Isla, was born. Dan was an amazing father and wanted nothing more than to spoil Isla for years to come.
Dan was also a devoted math teacher and track coach at Perry Middle School. Dan had a passion for teaching and motivating students, as well as collaborating with teachers and staff. Dan was known for always helping others and his positive outlook on life. He also worked part-time in the area with children with special needs.
Dan is survived by his wife and daughter, parents, step-father Billy Slaten, sisters Amanda Dines and Emily Brubaker, brothers Mark Slaten and John Slaten, grandfather James McGinnis, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a large group of friends he considered family.