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Michael A. Roper

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Our Lord called Michael Alan Roper, 71, home on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Mike passed peacefully at home with his family at his side. 

He carried a deep and steadfast love for God and yearned to be reunited with his wife, Darlene Roper. 

Mike was born in Detroit, MI, on November 11, 1949, and was the first child of Roy and Marjorie Roper. He had one sister, Tracy (Dennis Bushey).

He served his country in the United States Air Force, spending time and making great lifelong friends in Minot, North Dakota, and Taichung, Taiwan. He attended Kirtland Community College and met his wife in 1973 while living in Roscommon. Their first date was a motorcycle ride.  They married in 1976 and together they created a close family in Gaylord; daughter, Jamie and son-in-law, Gabe Mellein, and grandkids, Aurora and Noah; son, Christopher and fiancée Jennifer Weaver; and daughter, Aubrey and son-in-law, Aaron McCready.

Mike was predeceased by his parents and his wife.

He lived a life full of adventures on snowmobiles, bikes, dune buggies, skis, motorcycles, 4-wheelers, and more. In his free time, he enjoyed playing tennis, boating, volunteering, and spending time with his family. He loved traveling and seeing the world. His wife, Darlene, said that she would follow him anywhere – and that is exactly what she did. They visited national parks within the U.S., took multi-day motorcycle trips, and traveled to Italy, Morocco, France, Hawaii, Switzerland, Canada, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. 

Mike was a member of St. Mary Cathedral parish for almost 45 years.  He enjoyed his career at the Otsego County Road Commission as Managing Director so much so, that after retiring he went back to work at the Cheboygan County Road Commission. He officially retired in 2014.  

Though living a life full of adventure and devoted to family, he always made time for God and for spreading his love through his talents. Mike was the guy to call when friends and family needed things fixed. He knew how everything worked and how to fix it – or build it. He used those skills volunteering with Tool Time in his retirement. He also enjoyed teaching downhill skiing lessons at Treetops Resort, Boyne Mountain Resort, and the Otsego Club.

There will be a funeral mass at St. Mary Cathedral on Friday, June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow. 

5 comments on “Michael A. Roper”

  1. After many years in Gaylord, I can say Mike was a friend. I always enjoyed our chats about work, life and family. May his passing recall fond memories of his giving and sharing. Peace to his family!

    • Jamie, Gabe, Christopher, Jennifer, Aubrey, Aaron, Aurora & Noah,

      We were so sad to hear of Mike’s passing. I worked at the OCRC with Mike and it was through our employment together that we became friends and shared our family life stories, even after many years when we would run into your mom or dad they both would radiate with joy when updating us on their family! Each of you truly were the sunshine in their lives! We know your strong faith and prayers of family and friends will carry you through the days ahead. In love & sympathy, John & Jan Lake

      • Now he is with Darlene again. Great person, an amazing couple. May he rest in peace. Sister Jean Umlor

        • I want to extend my sympathy to the family of Mike and Darlene on their passing. I did not know that your mother had passed away until reading your father’s obituary. They were both wonderful people and are together again in heaven. May they rest in peace in eternal life. John Hirvela

          • Pauline Hatfield

            Words cannot convey the sadness I feel after being told about Mike’s passing yesterday. I have known your parents for many many years;
            I was the Instructor of Cosmetology at Kirtland Community College when your mother was a student and loved her personality and her determination.
            She also had the most beautiful smile. I was unaware of her passing until I read Mike’s obituary. I first met your father when I started working at the Crawford County Road Commission in 1978. He was an incredible inspiration and help to me with any issues and paperwork that I had difficulty with, I admired him immensely. I treasure the memory of both your father and mother and please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers.
            Pauline Hatfield

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