Michael loved life and lived it to the fullest. He did more in his short 27 years than most do in a full lifetime. He will be missed terribly by all those whose lives he touched.

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From: Beth Milheron (July 2005)

Dear Burke Family,

Mike and I, along with one of my co-workers, worked together closely for three months last summer in Chicago (2004). There were many long days closed in a small room with lots to get accomplished.

My co-worker and I would get overwhelmed by our tasks, but Mike had a way of talking us through it, making us feel comfortable, and getting us to laugh. I was very impressed by his good manners and his abilities to listen and moderate during meetings. My co-worker and I are middle aged women, but Mike handled us like a pro. He wasn’t at all intimidated by the age difference and did his job to perfection. He also had a knack for knowing where all the best places to eat lunch were.

During these long days, Mike talked often about Iowa, his sisters and family, his love of sports (Cardinals vs. Cubs), and his love of biking and singing. We often played music while we worked and Mike and I would break out spontaneously in song together. We also had many good discussions about stories we heard on public radio and his compassion and intelligence were evident.

Mike’s talent and personality were of such quality, that I just knew he was going places. I fully expected to be reading about him in ten years, maybe as the next Congressman from Iowa, or for some other contribution to society, and then I would say, “Hey, I worked with him once!” I thought of him often, even though he was off on other projects for Accenture and we hadn’t kept in touch. He was that impressive.

Please take comfort in the knowledge that Mike was well liked, respected, and a true gentleman. You have a son you can be very proud of. I am grateful to have known him


Beth Milheron

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