Daniel Lee Mumby, 75, of Mason City, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 16, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, 119 South Georgia.
A visitation will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N Pennsylvania Ave.
Dan Mumby was born January 2, 1944 and raised in Hawkeye, Iowa, the son of Lee H. and Dorothy M. (Bluecher) Mumby. Dan graduated from West Union High School in West Union, IA, and Upper Iowa University, in Fayette, IA. Dan started his business career with the S.S. Kresge Co. in Davenport, IA. Upon transferring to the Kresge in St. Louis, Missouri he met his future wife, Josephine Ann Volansky. They married on July 9, 1966 and shared a loving marriage for over half a century. The couple would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year.
Dan and JoAnn moved to Mason City, Iowa in 1972, in order to facilitate the opening of the new Kmart. Upon leaving Kmart, he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and launched several successful businesses based in Southbridge Mall. Dan’s business ventures included Chef’s Galley, offering a line of specialty kitchenware and introducing gourmet coffee to North Iowa. Dan also launched Cupper’s Coffeehouse, providing a warm and cohesive “Friends” environment to socialize and create lifelong memories. Additionally, his pride and joy was launching Atomic Blast Hot Sauces and hosting his bold Hot Sauce Challenges! Dan was widely known throughout the North Iowa area as the “Godfather of Hot Sauces.”
Dan is survived by his wife JoAnn; his three daughters Elizabeth (John) Lofing of Mason City, IA; Patricia (Douglas) Wagner of Elkhorn, WI; and Dr. Susanne Mumby of Rancho Mirage, CA. Twelve grandchildren: Victoria Lofing, Kaimen Slay, Andre Slay, Eric Lofing, Antwon Slay, Nicholas Wagner, Brianna Lofing, Xavier Slay, Selena Slay, Jessica Wagner, Aaliyah Slay, and Amaya Slay. Also, six great-grandchildren: Carter Lofing, Dante Slay, Addalynn Lofing, Jackson Lofing, Kaidence Slay, and Kayden Lofing. Brother: Larry Mumby of North Carolina. Sister: Cheryl Goltz of Rowan, IA. Niece and nephew: Chrissy and CJ Goltz of Iowa Also, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws: James and Judy Volansky, Mary Hendel, Alex and Anna Volansky of St. Louis, MO, Rodger and Jean Clanton of Fenton, MO.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Dorothy Mumby, his in-laws, James and Josephine Volansky, and his brother-in-laws, Michael Volansky and George Hendel.
Memorials can be made out to the family of Daniel Mumby, and sent to Major Erickson Funeral Home, Mason City, IA, 111 N. Pennsylvannia Avenue, Mason CIty, IA 50401, (641) 423-0924.
Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery