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“So sad to hear the news. Matt was my classmate in dental school, I was so lucky to know and work with him. He was a true friend and always willing...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Qun Collins - Fort Mohave

“Matt will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. I knew Matt as an Officer in the Iowa Army National Guard. He was an excellent Officer...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Timothy Glynn - Ankeny, IA

“So sorry to hear of Matt's death ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: James Pollard - Elkhart, IA

“So heartbroken to hear this as he was an amazing man! Sending our thoughts and prayers to your whole family. God Bless You All! ”
4 of 33 | Posted by: Greg, Jean, Ashley & Madie Hemphill - IA

“Our sincere sympathy to Pat and Jim and the entire family. We are so sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 33 | Posted by: Max and Elaine Raines - Slater, IA

“Jim and Pat and family our deepest sympathies to you. May God's love surround you at this very difficult time. ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: Janet and Randy Freel - IA

“what can you say about Dr. Matt McCullough He was fearless he treated each patient with respect and dignity he put a lot of crowns in my mouth but...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Doug Stier - Ankeny, IA - Friend

“So many prayers going out to the McCullough family in these hard times, I'm so sorry for your loss❤ ”
8 of 33 | Posted by: Gabby Schnepf - Ankeny, IA

“Matt and I sat next to each other in the preclinical lab in dental school, and I was lucky to have known such a kind, sweet person. I didn't have a...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Carrie McKnight - North Liberty, IA

“Matt was such a beautiful human being. He was always so kind to everyone and will be missed by many. My prayers continue for all of you. Rest...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Lisa Kephart - Ankeny, IA

“I worked with Matt on several occasions at Camp Dodge and the National Gard in Boone doing Deployment Ready Dental Exams for the Department of...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Walter Stidwell DDS - Ames, IA

“I was referred to Matt by my daughter Merissa when he had his dental practice on Cherry Street. So have been going to Matt for many years for my...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Gloria Hamilton - DES MOINES, IA

“We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Matt's passing. He became our dentist in the Johnston days and we loved him so much that we followed him to Ankeny. ...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: LuAnn and Phil Folkers - Ankeny, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
14 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Siegel - Colfax, IA

“May each of you feel all the love from each person touched by your husband, son, father & brother in all fascists of his life. Matt was a good guy &...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Dick & Gayle Hendrix - Ankeny, IA

“I always enjoyed talking about Iowa Wrestling when I had my dental appointments...will be missed! ”
16 of 33 | Posted by: Craig & Sharon Payne - IA

“I always felt better just knowing that Matt was with us at the beginning in Iraq. Rest up above with the Saints and praise to almighty God. ”
17 of 33 | Posted by: Christopher White - Norwalk, IA

“Sorry, for your loss. Matt was a special person placed on this earth to do good things. Will miss him. Prayers to his family ”
18 of 33 | Posted by: Deborah Cunningham - Ankeny, IA

“RIP Matt. Condolences to your family. ”
19 of 33 | Posted by: Terri Mishler - Bondurant, IA

“What a soft hearted, quiet, gentle giant we had in our dental class. Matt was always bright eyed and ready to learn and do everything he could to ...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Karen and Bruce Wolf - Waverly, IA

“Matt was such a kind and caring man. He would alway share a memory about my husband who had passed to calm me down. Prayers to his family. You will...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Mary Akin - Slater, IA - Friend

“With our deepest sympathy to Brea and the kids, and to the Staff at Ankeny Dental Professionals. Dr. McCullough was a great dentist, friend and boss...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: Cheryl Schoof - Ankeny, IA

“My sincerest condolences to Brea, your kids and the rest of your family. How Matt battled and lived the past several years was truly inspiring. He...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Jason Niegsch - Ames, IA - Friend

“So very sorry to hear this. I didn't personally go to him but I always heard good things about him. His family and friends will be in my prayers. ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Chris Stiltz - Urbandale, IA

“So shy when winning the run, kick and pass contest and then being interviewed on TV.Condolences! ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Bev Hartgrave - Louisburg, KS

“What a special angel on earth. He has been my dentist since he opened his first clinic and I loved him so much. ”
26 of 33 | Posted by: Sharon Howell - Waukee, IA

“It was my honor to Matt a colleague in the dental community and while serving on the Iowa Dental Board. Matt's kindness, intelligence, and...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Michael Rovner - West Des Moines, IA

“Jim Pat and family condolences and prayers for your family ”
28 of 33 | Posted by: Ed Sue Strobl - Rock Island, IL

“McCullough Family, I am so sad and sorry for your loss. Matt and I were dental school classmates and graduated together in 1998. We played on our...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Christopher Holahan - Cedar Falls, IA

“Praying that our Lord and Savior will wrap his loving arms around Jim and Pat and all of Matt's family and friends, so they can feel the comfort and...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Steve & Denise Bogle - Ankeny, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers to your family. ”
31 of 33 | Posted by: John and Angela Bissell - MD

“There is no father more proud of his sons than Colonel Jim McCullough is of both Gregg & Matt. I heard about both of them from Jim when Jim was still...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Todd Jacobus - Des Moines

“My sympathies over your loss. I am a coworker with his father. ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Pitts - Cabot, AR


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Dr. Matt McCullough, 48, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019 after living courageously with sarcoma cancer for over five years.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Christian Life Center-Ankeny First United Methodist Church (710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021). The family will begin receiving visitors at 1:00 pm followed by a 3:00 pm service. From 1:00-3:00 pm, there will be a home video shown while guests can share in fellowship.

Matthew James McCullough was born on October 2, 1971 in Humboldt, Iowa to Jim and Pat McCullough joining his big brother Gregg. After spending his early years in Boone, Iowa, the family moved to Ankeny when Matt was 9 years old where he attended Southeast Elementary, Neveln Middle School and graduated with honors from Ankeny High School in 1990. Matt was a lover of all sports playing baseball, football, and basketball. His picture is still displayed to this day at Ankeny High School for All-State Honors in football alongside his brother Gregg's picture for All-State basketball and now his own daughter, Sara as her picture is now displayed alongside her dad and uncle for All-State basketball. Matt graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994 with his Bachelor's Degree and The University of Iowa, College of Dentistry in 1998 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS). Matt was in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1996-2004 where he served as a dentist at Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraq just north of Baghdad in 2003, and served for a three-year term on the Iowa Dental Board. In the summer of 2019, Matt was inducted into the Ankeny Alumni Hall of Honor.

Matt met his wife, Brea (Whaley) in college and married on June 20, 1998 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa at Oakland Mills Community Church. They moved to Ankeny, Iowa where they grew their family and started a dental practice, Ankeny Dental Professionals, P.C. Matt loved everything about his profession and cared tirelessly for his patients and employees. There was no mountain that he could not climb and nothing that could stop him from always choosing to not only live, but lead with integrity while doing the right thing-always. Matt showed us how to always choose forgiveness, and live with grace and dignity above all. He expected the same of those he surrounded himself with and you tended to raise your standards because of his lead. If you were privileged to know him or be in his loving presence, your life was better. Anyone that knew Matt, knew that he would never speak ill will of anyone under any circumstances and that character was seen to the very end even with regard to his cancer. His niceness was not to be mistaken for weakness. He accepted this was the hand that he was dealt and he played it beautifully the entire time, beautiful like his soul. He truly beat cancer by how he lived with it as well as it never stopped him from being the dedicated family man and leader within the community that we could count on to be our rock. His kindness was seen in his eyes to the very end. He loved everyone and we loved him.
Matt is survived by his wife Brea and their three children Sara (18), Brady (15) and Troy (11); his parents Jim and Pat McCullough of Ankeny; his brother Dr. Gregg McCullough (Darci, Madi, Cody, Cade) of Ankeny; his in-laws Rick and Carla Chimienti of Ankeny (Kari and Andrea); and father in law Donnie Whaley (Sally and Mollie) of Coralville, Iowa.

Matt was preceded in death by his infant sister, Jennifer; maternal grandparents Milford and Irene Juhl of Boone, Iowa; paternal grandparents Bob and Grace McCullough of Ames, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you please consider donating blood because that was life sustaining for Matt during his last months and for so many others. We will be working on organizing a future blood drive in his honor. https://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org/