Philip Michael Burke
Michael Burke died Nov. 19, 2004, at Washoe Medical Center, after being struck by an automobile during his daily bicycle ride.
Michael was born July 18, 1954 at Parkersburg, W.V., and raised in Bradenton, Fla. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and truly missed it after he left. Since leaving the service, he lived in the Reno/Tahoe area. Michael spent 25 years in the gaming industry but spent the last four years in mortgage lending.
Michael was a dedicated family man, and loved his dog Max. His family was the most important part of his life. He was always willing to help anyone and everyone. His passion was long road bicycling. In 2002, Michael rode on the Oak Bran Bike Trip covering almost 500 miles in five days. Michael rode his bike every day. His other passion was Ju Jitsu in which he earned a Sandan Black Belt. He also loved playing the guitar, riding motorcycles and skiing.
He is survived by the love of his life Beverly Babcock, his wonderful daughter Jennifer Burke, Beverly’s son Ian, and his brother and sisters, John Burke, Susan Houck, Barbara Beasley and Lori Gomez. He is preceded in death by his parents Philip Joseph Burke and Margaret Ann Morris.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 at Walton’s Funeral Home, 875 W. Second Street. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at Walton’s Funeral Home, with the burial at the Veteran’s National Cemetery in Fernley, Nev. A reception will follow at the home of Jan Isenberg and Craig Commeau, 1100 Pepper Lane, Fernley, ( 775) 575-0270.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, P.O. Box 161150, Austin, TX 78716-1150. Condolence messages may be sent to the family guestbook of Walton’s Funeral Home, http://www.waltonsfuneralhome.com.