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Mr. Daniel Thomas Kavadas
  • Memorials may be directed to Findley Elementary School, 3025 Oxford Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50313.
  • Findley Elementary School
    3025 Oxford Street
    Des Moines, IA 50313

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“Amy: I just learned of your father's passing; I am so very sorry for your loss. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Summy - DeSoto, IA

“Oh, Amy, my heart just breaks for you and your family. Dads are such important and special people in a girl's life and I know just how special he was...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Jami (Rater) Martin - Ankeny, IA

“I first became acquainted with Dan through working with annual statement runs at Bankers Life. I met Carol when she was a nurse for Dr. Caffrey who...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Dennis Havran - Milo, IA

“sorry for your loss love and prayers for tje family ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: martha test - beaumont, TX

“Dan was a longtime volunteer at Findley Elementary School. We so valued his commitment of time and caring to read with our Findley students....Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Janis Ware - Des Moines, IA

“Kavadas Family so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!Dave, Robin and Olivia Ross ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Robin Ross - West Des Moines, IA

“My heart goes out to the family. My grandfather and Dan's mother were brother and sister. A cherished memory I have is when Dan, his wife, and his...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Paula Pappas - Moline, IL

“Amy & Paul & family:I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved dad. I know how much he meant to all of you.Much love to all.Jude ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Jude

“Carol, Tina, Amy, and Susanna, I am thinking of you all in this difficult time. We are lucky to have had Dan be a part of our lives. What a great,...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jill Horner - Tampa, FL

“Carol, Amy, Paul, Celia, Sophia and Tommy-Mike and I are so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. We are thinking of you and praying that your...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: LIsa Carroll - Roscoe, IL

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Daniel T. Kavadas, 78, of Ankeny passed away October 24, 2016.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 S.W. Walnut, Ankeny). A visitation will be held 5 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd).
Dan was born August 31, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa to Thomas and Josephine (Sophia) Kavadas.
He graduated from Clinton High School in 1956, and then joined the US Navy for 2 years. He then returned to attend Clinton Community College where he obtained a degree.
He moved to Des Moines in 1963, where he went to work for Bankers Life (Principal) for 37 years. He began his career working as a night computer operator and retired as an officer in the IT department in 2001.
In 1965 he married Carol M. Cummings. They made their home in Des Moines until 1978, when they moved to Ankeny where they raised their 3 daughters.
Dan was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, an avid Iowa Hawkeye, and enjoyed travel, especially with the Principal retirees. He and Carol attended several Road Scholar Programs and were members of the Ray Society at Drake University.
He was a member of the AFUMC, a volunteer for 15 years at Findley School, and a volunteer for many organizations throughout his life.
His greatest accomplishment was his family.
Dan is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughters Kristina Kavadas(Tim McCombs), Amy (Paul) Gates, and Susanna (Billy) Harding; 10 grandchildren, Nick, Skylar, Cade, Camden McCombs, Celia Mathieu, Sophia, Thomas Gates, GiGi, Vaughn, Vinny Harding; 2 sisters, Bernice Goddard and Georgia (Robert) Knutson, a brother Tommy (Vivian) Kavadas all from Clinton; a brother in law, Gary (Carol)Cummings of Shellsburg, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kathryn Gensch.
Memorials may be directed to Findley Elementary School, 3025 Oxford Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50313.