We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter
your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you
can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Michael Eugene McCarthy
August 16, 1940 ~ June 26, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
6 Trees, Flowers, or Condolences have been shared with support of Michael's family - View on Tribute Wall
Michael Eugene McCarthy, age 82, of Lake Lure, NC, passed away Monday, June 26, 2023, at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, NC.
Michael was a native of Lincoln, Nebraska and he was the son of the late Edward and Gertrude McCarthy. In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by one son, Larry McCarthy, and one brother, Larry McCarthy.
Michael is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diana Rocke McCarthy, two daughters, Kelley Howard (Robert), Melissa Davila (Tony), two sons, Michael McCarthy (Ruth), Patrick McCarthy (Kim), one daughter-in-law, Chana McCarthy, two stepdaughters, Merritt Lloyd Ripley (Adam), Jennifer Waldrop (Mark), two stepsons, Martin A. Lloyd, and Jeffrey T. Rocke, fourteen grandchildren, and nine greatgrandchildren and his previous wife and mother of Michael’s children Janice Pohl.
Michael was a member of Fairfield Mountains Chapel in Lake Lure, NC where he had served two terms on the Board of Elders. After attending Lincoln High School in Lincoln Nebraska, he served in the us Marine Corps upon completion of training at Camp Pendleton, Ca. in the late 50's-early 60's.
He attended classes at his beloved University of Nebraska, then attended the prestigious Madame Kouny School of Culinary Art in Fond du Lac Wisconsin.
Affectionately known as "Mr. Mac”, most of his long career was spent in the food industry and in management of Private City and Country Clubs. His first job was ‘as Sous Chef at the University Club in Lincoln, Nebraska. He then served as Executive Chef at the Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wy. From there he became General Manager at the Happy Hollow Country Club Omaha, Nebraska. His career in general management proceeded to various private clubs in Illinois including The City Club- Decatur, IL, the Illini Club-Springfield, IL, the Virginia Country Club-Virginia, IL, Short Hills Country Club- E Moline, IL, Pottawattamie Country Club - Michigan City, IN. and most recently at the Carolina Country Club - Spartanburg, SC before retiring to LAKE Norman in North Carolina.
His passion was cooking for those he loved, witnessed by his legendary Men's Ministry Breakfasts at Fairfield Mtns Chapel, and his love for entertaining family and friends at his and Diana's home in Lake Lure. He was a mentor to many, respected by all who knew him, he cherished his friends, and he deeply loved his family. He will be greatly missed and remembered by so many. Semper Fi. – “Always Faithful”.
A family directed celebration of life will be Saturday July 29, 2023, at 3:00PM at Fairfield Mountains Chapel in Lake Lure. There will be a private inurnment before the service. Donations may be made in his memory to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and Marine Corps Toys for Tots. McMahan's Funeral Home & Crematory.