Mr. Michael Lawrence Ropers

  • Born: August 26, 1934
  • Died: September 6, 2020
  • Location: Huntington Beach, California

Tribute & Message From The Family


Michael Ropers

Message From The Family

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Surrounded by his loving family, Michael Ropers peacefully passed away at his Huntington Beach home on the evening of Sunday, September 6, 2020. He was 86 years old. In the last few years of his life, he battled with Alzheimer's Disease. In order to keep him at home, his loving wife of 36 years, Louise, was with him throughout, dedicated to his comfort to the end.

Michael was born to Harold August and Rolyne (Belluomini) Ropers on August 26, 1934. He grew up in San Francisco with his younger brother, Mark. He went to Bellarmine High School in San Jose, graduated from Stanford University with an Economics degree, and graduated from Hastings School of Law with a
law degree in 1960. Michael also served in the Marines for two years, where he joked that he was a "battlefield court reporter".

Growing up, Michael had fond memories of summers spent with his grandparents "Noni" and "Cio" who lived on a farm in Stockton. He caught the sailing bug on the San Francisco Bay with his father and brother on Harold's 50' wooden sailboat, Water Witch.

From a young age, Michael was always involved with sports. He and his brother, Mark, would box at the Olympic Club. He played basketball at Bellarmine and volleyball at Stanford. As an adult, he would play tennis at Kona Kai Swim and Racquet Club, where he was a member for over 30 years. He also loved to
play baseball and softball with his law firm, Ropers Majeski.

In 1959, he married Dorothy (Dee) Williams. They raised their three children, Kelyn, Karen, and Mark in Los Altos. In 1983, he married Louise Green. The two raised their daughter, Jennifer, in Sunnyvale.

Michael decided to practice law after working with his father, Harold, at his law firm, Ropers Majeski. In 1962, Michael started working at the firm's main office in Redwood City. Michael became a director of the law firm, opened the new San Jose Office, and moved to the San Francisco office for a few years. Known as a trial lawyer, with well over 120 jury trials, Michael was well respected throughout the Bay Area. He stayed at Ropers Majeski until his retirement in 2000.

From the mid-1980s until he moved to Huntington Beach, Michael's passion was sailing. He and Louise were certified together at the Olympic Circle Sailing Club. He always liked to be at the helm barking orders (Louise would make the sandwiches). He raced weekly throughout every season and did longer races
such at the Delta Ditch (Stockton), the Baja Ha (Mexico), Santa Cruz, and Jazz Cup (Benicia). He owned a number of boats at various times. One of the tricks he liked to play was to sail his 21' Sailboat, the Green Machine, backwards in the harbor channel in Oakland, CA. His favorite and fastest boat was the
trimaran, Defiance. He was an active member of BAMA - Bay Area Multihull Association. He sailed whenever and wherever he could, from the San Francisco Bay to the Virgin Islands to the San Juan Islands to Greece and many other points in between. Louise shared his love for tennis and tolerated his love for sailing.

Michael was known for his sense of humor, and was often able to use it to put people at ease. One story he told was when a trial was about to start. Before officially starting the trial for the day, the judge was telling a joke. When finished, Michael laughed, but the prosecuting attorney didn't. The judge asked the
prosecutor why he wasn't laughing. The prosecutor said he didn't understand the joke. The judge said,"Mr. Ropers can you explain the joke?" Michael said, "I'm sorry, Judge, I didn't understand it either. But I DID know when to laugh!"

He is survived by his wife, Louise; his children, Kelyn Dewar (Don Dewar), Karen Ropers, Mark Ropers (Jennifer Ropers), and Jennifer Muschetto (Philip Muschetto). He had ten grandchildren: Cristine, Kolby, Leslie (who we lost at the age of three), Alison, Mckinley, Ben, Jesse, Parker, Luke, and Emma.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mike was the best, even though he would constantly give me a hard time. ;) The consistent teasing, especially when I was hired at the extra muscle on the boat, was always followed with knowing how much he cared for me and how much I always enjoyed being around him. He was one of those charismatic people that always made me laugh and always made me want to be closer to him. He will be missed. My thoughts go out to the whole family, especially Louise. I hope to see you all soon to raise a glass to celebrate his life. Love Jason

Posted by Jason Dewar - Capitola, CA - Family Friend   October 22, 2020

When I first met Mike I saw his amazing smile and sense of humor; I immediately fell for him. That was 40 plus years ago. During our journey together we had many bumps in the road but because of our commitment and love for each other we made it through all the tough times. Needless to say we enjoyed more wonderful times. Mike you gave me so much happiness, laughter and fun; frustration too, but I love you to the moon and back.... and always will. Forever dancing with you. Louise
Louise Ropers
Spouse

Posted by Louse Ropers - Huntington Beach, CA - Spouse   October 17, 2020

Candle

I have many wonderful memories of Mike. The one that sticks out to me the most, is when our families (Radebold, Ropers, & Mollins) had the beach house at Pajaro Dunes. I had a terrible speech impediment. He would ask me my name and I would say Valerie, but he would say "Celery" and I would get upset and walk away, the girls would laugh. Years, and years later Mike still called me Celery when he saw me! I would play that it upset me. But really I loved that he had a pet name for me. You welcomed my husband (Ron), with open arms. Mike always had a kind word, time to spend with you, and a blast to have at a party. You will be greatly missed, but forever in our hearts. Love Valerie and Ron Baker

Posted by Valerie Baker - Fulton, CA - Family Friend   October 13, 2020

Louise and I met Mike at about the same time because he worked across the street from us when we worked at Farmers Insurance. He could joke about any topic you could talk about. His sense of humor is the first thing that drew people to Mike. I never did click with playing tennis, but that was okay. I liked to watch them play. I joined him and Louise many times sailing, which was always a blast! My husband, Nick, adored Mike. Whenever we spent time with him, on the way home, Nick would eventually say, "He's a bust up!" I stayed with Mike and Louise for a period of time a few times, and he and I spent hours just talking, and sometimes "debating" politics. Even when we disagreed on something political, we ended up laughing about our differences. That's when you know you really love somebody. He didn't cook, but he sure could BBQ! Mike, you will be missed, and your memory will always be treasured. Love, Kitty and Nick

Posted by Kitty Nasarow - Mariposa, CA - Family   October 13, 2020

The most giving, loving, fun man ever in life! You were a father to me and I loved you as such...always will. Rest in peace my friend...you're now back with your best friend Les. Love you forever and beyond. Jim

Posted by James Radebold - Cupertino, CA - Family   October 13, 2020

Mikey....you have imbedded yourself upon our hearts unlike no other. We both have been so impacted by your life, your love, your generosity, your being. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. From Jim: you will always be my father-in-law and so much more. From Rhonda: Thank you for sharing your heart with me, many more good times to come! Love you big guy ❤

Posted by Jim Radebold - Sunnyvale, CA - Family   October 13, 2020


Family Album

Mike doing what he loved best, sailing!