Mike Middlebrook, 48, of Corydon passed away from a short hard fought battle with an aggressive cancer on March 4, 2020, at Mercy One Hospital in Des Moines with his family by his side. His loving wife, Mendy never left his side and they had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Dennis Michael Middlebrook was born in Leon, Iowa to Dennis Mertin and Barbara Kay (Williams) Middlebrook on Oct. 30, 1971. He attended Wayne Community Schools and graduated from Wayne Community High School with the Class of 1990. Mike was united in marriage to Mendy Arnold on Nov. 12, 1994. Mike and Mendy were blessed with two sons, Jeff and Jared.
Mike spent his childhood tinkering around with his grandfather and father at their family owned gas station and auto repair business. After high school he attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa and graduated with an AAS degree in Automotive Collision Technology. He then became the co-owner and operator of Middlebrook Auto with his father Dennis. Mike passed his love of mechanics on to both of his sons who recently joined in the business with their automotive collision repair. His dream was always to expand the family owned business by adding the automotive collision repair and his dream became a reality in March 2018. He was always so proud of his boys for being the fifth generation to run the shop.
Mike loved spending time with his family and friends; boating and camping were a few of their favorite things to do together. He could also be seen taking the boys for a “quick” spin in the Camaro. He loved cars, especially fast cars and he enjoyed watching and attending the races. Mike and his boys spent many late nights working on their project cars as well as enjoying a few rounds of golf on the weekends.
Mike will be extremely missed by his wife, Mendy; sons, Jeff (Kassidy) Middlebrook and Jared Middlebrook; parents, Dennis and Kay Middlebrook; sister, Carla (Shane) Housley; grandmother, Barb Williams; nephew, Blake Housley; niece, Brooklyn Housley; great-niece, Emery Terrell-Housley all of Corydon, in-laws, John and Judy Arnold of Centerville, Chris (Mindy) Arnold and family of Lenexa, Kan., Scott (Stacy) Arnold and family of Centerville and numerous extended family members and countless friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his infant sister, Staci Lynn and grandparents, Mertin and Merilyn Middlebrook and Vern Williams.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at the Middlebrook Auto & Collision Shop in Corydon. A graveside service was at the Corydon Cemetery with Pastor Nate Mason officiating. Memorials may be given to the family and will be designated at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www.thomasfh.com and at facebook.com/thomasfuneralhome.