AMES -- Richard Hugh Brady, 85, of Ames, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 15, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ames,. Military rites and burial followed at Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Frank P. and Rosella Brady welcomed their third son into the world on July 1, 1929, in Emmetsburg. His older brothers, Clyde and Francis, taught their baby brother Hugh how to box at a young age. The boxing lessons continued through the years, and Clyde and Francis eventually became the coaches of Hugh's high school boxing team. In addition to the ring, Hugh also spent time on the football field. First team all-state honors as an offensive and defensive lineman along with an undefeated season and "mythical state title" for his team made for a memorable experience.
After graduating from Emmetsburg Catholic High school in 1947, a job at a local Buick dealership kick started his long and illustrious career as a car salesman. He met this future wife Ingrid (Oxley) Brady during this time, and they were married on July 24, 1954, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Ames. The couple lived in Ames for next 60 years.
Hugh was drafted into the Army as a 20 year old and went through training at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. Hugh's time overseas in the military was spent in Germany, and he continued to use the German words and phrases he learned during this time for the rest of his life.
When his service was complete, Hugh returned to Iowa and continued his career as a car salesman. He worked for several dealerships, but a considerable number of those years were at George White Chevrolet. While in Ames, Hugh and Ingrid became the proud parents of five children. When asked how many children he had, Hugh would often answer "four girls and each one has a brother."
A tradition of Hugh's was to frequent the Elks Club in downtown Ames on Friday nights with his wife and many of their friends from George White and other groups. He was also an active member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, American Legion, and Pheasants Forever.
In the New York Times best-selling book The Girls from Ames, author Jeff Zaslow referred to Hugh as "Ames' friendliest car salesman." However, his grandchildren have always just referred to him as Popsie. He was a constant attender at their events all across the country, and often liked to surprise them with "walking around money."
Hugh is survived by his children Lynne (Mark) Scribbins, of Clear Lake, Mary Beth (Frank) Calistro, of Minneapolis, MN, Frank Brady, of Kansas City, Barb Runge, of Boulder, CO, and Karen (Kevin) Leininger, of Newtown, PA; and 15 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests buying an "of-age" friend a drink or providing a child with "a little walking around money."
Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames was in charge of arrangements.