Michael J. Brophy

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Michael J. Brophy, age 63 of Lourdes, IA died on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at his home in Lourdes, IA. Michael Jerome Brophy was born on February 22, 1946 to Bernard and Mary (Fogarty) Brophy in Elma, IA. Mike graduated from Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Elma in 1964. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 30, 1964. Mike served two tours of duty in Vietnam and received his honorable discharge on August 30, 1968. He then worked for Wilson Meat Packing Plant in Cedar Rapids until his father was injured, returning home to operate Brophy Livestock. Mike was later employed at White Tractor Manufacturing in Charles City. In 1985 he built Lourdes Service Station in Lourdes which he owned and operated for three years. Mike was also a rural mail carrier for the Elma Post Office for 33 years, retiring in 2006. Mike enjoyed his family and friends, workshop museum, history and spending time outdoors. He was especially proud of his Irish heritage. Mike was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Elma American Legion - John Frahm Post #597, Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post #4069 and Elma Sportsmans Club. He is survived by his companion Patty Korsmo of Lourdes, IA; three children Amber Hummel of LeRoy, MN, Danielle (Patrick) Cowley of Syracuse, NY; Sean (Sarah) Brophy of Alta Vista, IA and their childrens mother Kaye Brophy of Elma, IA; three grandchildren Corey, Tyler and Trey Hummel; two sisters Alice Vick of Cedar Rapids, IA and Jean (Tom) Huegel of Sioux Falls, SD; several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Johnny Brophy. Memorials: Memorial are preferred to the Howard County Hospice. Cemetery: Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes, IA with Franny Smith, Dan McGrane, Pat Fogarty, Merle Havlik, John Chihak and Jack Hastings serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Clem Havlik, Irv Friedhoff, Leo Fair and Jim Fangman. Military Rites will be provided by Elma American LegionJohn Fram Post #597. Visitation: Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma with a scriptural wake service at 7:30pm. Visitation will continue at the funeral homeone hour prior to the service on Monday. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am on Monday, October 26, 2009 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Ray Atwood officiating.

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  1. Sean,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers…If you need anything, please let us know.

    Brad, Lacey and Olivia Gansen

  2. Trueally a great person to have known ! Always had a big smile when meeting him on the road while delivering the mail.will miss yah MIKE.

  3. Deepest sympathy for those who will miss Mike most. My prayer for you is for you to experience the Peace that passes all understanding. I am priviledged to count myself as one of Mike’s friends and had we lived closer to one another we would certainly have been very close friends.

  4. My prayers for the entire family. Mike will be missed by all of the lives he has touched. God Bless him and keep in forever in his care.

  5. Our sympathy to the family and close friends of Mike. May you find Comfort and Joy in sharing your memories with others . Death is not an end but the beginning of eternal life in Heaven.
    Richard and Linda Schorr-Cresco,Ia

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Mike. His family and friends have my deepest sympathy. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Remember the good times and know he his in good hands now.

    Deepest sympathy,

    Beverly Valvoda

  7. I used to work for Mike at the service station. I did not hear that he had passed until Monday at noon. I will forward this to my dad Bill Laue.

    Mike was a great person, he will be missed.

  8. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mike’s immediate and extended family. What a wonderful man he was. And a good friend.

  9. I have known Mike since our Navy days. He was always proud of his service and has always remained a Sailor at heart. We will miss him sorely at our squadron reunions. I am proud to have known him. Smooth sailing my friend.

  10. My sympathies extended to Mike’s family. His memories will linger on in your hearts, also in the Lourdes area of which he touched so many people in his life. May he live in peace. Carol (Shatek) Kappes

  11. To the Brophy family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sypmathys are with all of you.

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