Joseph Anthony Mullahey

June 27, 2023

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Joseph Anthony Mullahey, 85, passed away June 27, 2023 in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Joe was born October 31, 1937 to Clarence and Elna Mullahey in Des Moines, IA. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Drake University. His business degree led him to sales with Gibbs-Cook and Two Rivers Lift and Equipment. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard.

In his spare time, Joe enjoyed volunteering his time with Hunter Ed-DNR and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He also was a member of the Mid-Iowa Retriever Club, conducting field trials and dog training.

Left to mourn his loss is his wife, Barbara Jane; sons, Joseph (Josephine) and Mathew; sister, Ann (Larry) Schluter; nephews, Kurt (Rebecca) Schluter, Bryan (Sarah) Schluter, Joe (Heather) Hand, Porter (Katie) Hand, Jordan Hand, Don Towers, Tom Anania, John (Mary) Pendergrass, and Jerry Mullahey; nieces, Katey Hand-Olson (Aaron), Katie Comito, Pam Mullahey Konchalski , Lyn Keller (Carl), Carol Wheeless (Clifford), and Mary Barbara Sochacki (Walt); brothers-in-law, Larry (Ann) Schluter, Tom Hand, Mike Hand, and John (Belle) Hand; many other nieces , nephews and extended family and friends all of whom have shared fond memories of Joe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Gerald, sisters, Mary Pendergrass, Patricia Powers and Kathleen Mullahey.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Avenue in West Des Moines with a visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Cumming, Iowa. If guests are not able to attend the service in person, the family invies friends to join them virtually by clicking the livesstrea link at the end of the obituary below.

Memorial donations may be made to The Pet Project , an organization that was dear to Joe’s heart and online condolences expressed at

The family would like to express their thanks to Arbor Springs and Suncrest Hospice for the support and care that Joe received.

Joe was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved his dogs Scout, Thunder and many loyal companions. In Joe’s memory, go find a dog and hug it.