Michael Brophy  


Michael J. Brophy, age 63 of Lourdes, IA died on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at his home in Lourdes, Iowa.

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 Sportsman’s Club.

He is survived by his companion Patty Korsmo of Lourdes, Iowa; three children Amber Hummel of LeRoy, MN, Danielle (Patrick) Cowley of Syracuse, NY; Sean (Sarah) Brophy of Alta Vista, Iowa and their children’s mother Kaye Brophy of Elma, Iowa; three grandchildren Corey, Tyler and Trey Hummel; two sisters Alice Vick of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Jean (Tom) Huegel of Sioux Falls, SD; several Nieces and Nephews.

Michael was an AQF-2 with VF-154 on the 67-68 
Westpac aboard the USS Ranger, He worked in 
AIMD thru the whole cruise.

Visit Mikes Navy Room

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