Michael P. Mullally was born Nov. 5, 1940, in Sioux City, the son of Michael J. and Marie A. (Hames) Mullally. He grew up in Le Mars and received his education at Le Mars Central High School.
Mike married Judith Beck on June 3, 1961 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Neptune, rural Hinton.
Following their marriage Mike worked with his father's business, M & M Produce, and later moved to California.
In California, Mike started up a Lally's Restaurant in Temple City, and several years later he opened Lally's Drive Inn in Atlantic, Iowa.
In the early 1970s, Mike and Judy returned to Le Mars and took over the family business of Lally's Eastside Restaurant, which he operated with the family for many years.
Mike also developed some of his own recipes for salad dressings and barbecue sauces that he marketed under the brand name, Lally's Foods.
Mike was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
"Mike Mullally, we remember him best with the scent of fried chicken wafting off his blue button down shirt and suspenders. Blessed with an enormous family and an even bigger heart. He did Elvis impersonations to make his high school sweetheart laugh."
"Mike's infinite love made everyone feel welcome. In sticky situations he'd be the first to crack a joke to lighten the mood. We remember Mike Mullally's heartfelt praise, he was so proud of his family and all that we have become."
"It has come full circle because now we are the proud ones, remembering the honest and incredible life Mike led. How lucky we are to have had him in our lives."
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Judy Mullally of Le Mars; a son, Pat Mullally and his wife, Kim of Le Mars; a daughter, Michelle Spradlin and her husband, Tony of Ida Grove; seven grandchildren: Mackenzie, Laura, Bailey, Ciara, Trevor, Quinci and Chase; two brothers and their wives: Larry and JoEllen Mullally of Marcus, and Tom and Patty Mullally of Le Mars; seven sisters: Margene Geary and her husband, Joe of Hinton, Susie Bunjes and her husband, Rocky of Le Mars, Karen Pommier and her husband, Mike of Winterset, JoAnn Singer and her husband Dan "Horn", Margie Mullally, Malea Penne and her husband, Kim, and Laura Klave and her husband, Dave, all of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Nancy Mullally of Le Mars; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Peter Mullally in infancy and Ron Mullally April 10, 2011; and a niece, Mariah Davis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Matt Hewitt officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 4 p.m. parish rosary followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service.
Nine nephews will be pallbearers: Matt Bunjes, Dan Bunjes, Billy Bunjes, Mitchell Mullally, Trevor Mullally, Michael J. Mullally, Jared Penne, John Penne and Nick Mullally. The remainder of his nieces and nephew will be honorary pallbearers.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.