Mr. Michael Lawrence Ropers

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

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Michael Ropers

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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.