Michael Shelby Brooks

April 25, 1957 - May 6, 2020

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Michael Shelby Brooks of Finneytown, passed peacefully at his home after a brief illness, May 6, 2020 at the age of 63. Preceded in death by his parents Alvy and Jeanette (Ellison) Brooks. Born April 25, 1957, Mike is survived by his loving wife Pamela (Colonel) Brooks, his treasured children Morgan (Josh) Logsdon, Shelby Brooks, Travis Bauer and Reilly Brooks, and by his darling and delightful grandchildren, Sarah Elise, Noah Lawrence, Alyssa Nicole, and Isaac Michael. He is also survived by his special cousin Michele Stoffer, and by numerous friends and family members.

Mike was a 1975 graduate of Finneytown High School, and a graduate of Hocking College with a degree in Forestry. He served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force where he trained in pararescue.

Mike loved to read and there are stacks of books in the basement to prove it. He spent several years as a logger in Kodiak, Alaska and was well traveled in many parts of the world. From fly-fishing to deep sea to creek-bank, Mike never saw a body of water that didn’t call to him to fish.  He appreciated many different cuisines of the world and encouraged others not to be afraid to try a bite of this or that. He was a lifelong fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and watched every game to the exclusion of everything else. He was a big man with a big heart, full of love for God, his country, his dogs, and most especially his family, whom he cherished. He will be deeply missed.

Services will be private as a result of COVID-19 and a celebration of his life will be held at a later time. If so desired, memorials in Mike’s name can be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project or the SPCA. Condolences at hodappfuneralhome.com


The Wray Family - May 16, 2020
Pam and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Michael will truly be missed. He and Rick shared many fun times and memories.
Robyn Allgeyer - May 15, 2020
Pam, I am devastated to hear about Michael. I love you dearly. My heart aches for you and your family. If there is anything at all I can do help you, please let me know. Love you, Robyn
Nancy McCracken - May 14, 2020
Pam, Gary and I are truly saddened by the news of Michael’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathy.
Lisa Brackmann - May 11, 2020
Pam and family, may you feel the support of so many walking with, and praying for you, at this very difficult time. God bless you and hold you close. Lisa Brackmann
Sr Carol Lichtenberg - May 11, 2020
What a devastating loss for you, Pam, and your family. Be assured of my prayers for courage and light as you face the days ahead without Michael.
Sr. Kathy - May 11, 2020
May you feel God's presence and care.
Sister mary Ann Barnhorn - May 10, 2020
My sympathy and my prayers are with you in your great loss.
Jim & Loraine Devine - May 10, 2020
Pam so sorry to hear about Michaels passing. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Michael Pitman - May 9, 2020
My deep condolences to all the family. Mike and I always shared some Class of 1975 memories when we saw each other, which was usually at a reunion. You will be missed and remembered fondly. Rest In Peace from one of the “Valley Boys” as Mike and other classmates will remember those years and our times together with a smile.
Dave & Kim Miller - May 9, 2020
There are no words that can lessen the pain of losing a loved one. When faced with this type challenge in our own lives we take comfort in the belief that those loved ones, family members and friends who depart this life before us will be on hand to greet each of us at the end of our life’s journey, where we will all be reunited through eternity. Mike was an honorable man, who I was proud to know and honored to call a friend. Mike will be missed by all who knew him. Mike, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Brooks Bowling - May 8, 2020
Sending lots of love and prayers💕 May you feel God’s presence and comfort during this time of loss.
Robyn Ramsey - May 8, 2020
The Brooks Family-I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you, Michael will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.