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Michael Burke

Michael Burke

Friday March 5, 2021

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Obituary for Michael Burke

Michael Francis Burke, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home on March 5th, 2021 with his wife, Linda, by his side, after a short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Michael was born in Wayzata, MN on December 22nd, 1939. Upon graduating from Mound High School, he joined the Plumbers Local 15 in Minneapolis. He was a member of the Local 15 for over 60 years. He was very proud of the hard work he put in and the many friends he made throughout his career. He was a hardworking man who loved his family more than anything in the world. Linda and Mike loved winters in Isla Mujeres with family and close friends. He spent much of his retired years fishing and deer hunting with family and friends. His big personality made such a positive impact on everyone he came across. Michael will be missed dearly by all that had the pleasure to know him.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, mother, Evangeline, and his sister, Patty.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda (Peterson), son, Michael, daughter, Stacey, daughter, Vicki Rausch, and sister, Maxine (Brad) Hosek. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jesse, Jeremy, Kendra, Samantha, and Jackie along with 4 great-grandchildren.
Respecting Michael’s wishes, we will be hosting a celebration of life gathering at his home in Merrifield, MN, closer to Spring/Summer. In lieu of flowers; consider memorials in his name to any food shelf or animal rescue of your choice would be appreciated.
A private family service will be held in the spring of 2021.

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Ellen Christiansen

Linda, I am so very sorry to read about Mike's passing away. You are in my thoughts. Ellen Christiansen
Comment | Posted at 09:45am via Condolence

Steve Weiland

Sigh. I just learned of my cousin Mike's passing from another cousin (Sheila Stinson). "Big" Mike was a hunting buddy with my Dad, a snowmobile lover and had a very distinctive laugh. He was part of my childhood growing up, and gave me a fast snowmobile ride on frozen Lake Minnetonka - and also the first time I was ever airborne on a sled going fast!! The other memory I'd like to share is when our Lab (Tip) tried to climb into Mike's small duck boat after he had retrieved a duck a long ways out in the lake. It almost swamped the boat, and my Dad and I were laughing and also hurrying over in our small boat to get the dog and save Mike from a dunking in the cold lake. Please remember the good times...that's what my Dad's wish was after his passing. Peace. Steve Weiland
Comment | Posted at 04:45pm via Condolence
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