Patrick Brophy, age 63, of Glendive, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Francis Schreiber officiating. Interment will be in the Brophy Family Cemetery South of Wibaux at a later date. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Pat was born on July 5, 1953 in Beach, N.D., a son of John James and Frances Emily (Koffler) Brophy. He was raised and educated in Wibaux, graduating from Wibaux High School with the class of 1972. During high school he played football for the “Longhorns,” whose mascot was nicknamed “Broph” after all the Brophy’s who played there. Shortly after graduating from high school, Pat married Phyllis Boyce on October 7, 1972 in Glendive and to this union two children were born.
Pat worked various jobs for a few years before beginning his career with the railroad in 1976. Pat really loved working for the railroad, however an accident in 1985 forced him to retire early.
Pat had many hobbies, and especially enjoyed hunting, paddle fishing and shooting. As a member of the NRA, Pat was a gun enthusiast and considered by many a “Gun Doctor.” He was a very talented gunsmith and enjoyed all guns from antique to modern. He would talk guns to anyone who gave him the chance. Pat was a hunter safety instructor for many years and loved getting new people involved in shooting sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances; brother, Mike Brophy; and an infant brother.
Pat is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Glendive; daughter, Tracy Brophy of Glendive; son, Corey (Jen) Brophy of Belle Plaine, Minn.; one granddaughter, Darian Buel and one grandson, Nathan Buel; two sisters, Barb York and Mary (Warren) Thomas; two brothers, Jim (Maureen) Brophy and John (Betty) Brophy; one aunt, Katherine Brophy; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
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