Mike Burns {O'Byrne}

Profile Updated: July 11, 2009
Residing In: Westfield, IA USA
Spouse/Partner: Barbara
Occupation: doctoral student/ instructor
Children: Elizabeth, born 1982- three grandchildren; Katherine, born 1983;
Kellie, born 1995
Michael Jr., More…born 1996
Military Service: US Navy  
Will we recognize you at our reunion?


Grade school attended:

Hawthorn Elementary School

Jr. high school attended:

Leeds Jr. High School


I receved my AS degree from Western Iowa Tech Comm. College in 1982 prior to the Farm depression. I joined the Navy at that time and stayed in for 10 years. I been on both coasts and spent a tour in Italy. I divorced while overseas then I transferred to Kings Bay, GA where I come accross Russ Carter while he was stationed there also. My best friend there is how I met wife Barbara from upstate NY. I got out of the Navy to farm, I was a swine manager in VA, NC and IA. While I was in IA I injured my hand and loss some use of it. I went back to college in NC. I received my BS and MS in applied mathematics. I moved to Brookings, SD to start on my Ph.D. in Computational Sceince and Statistics. My wife is finishing her masters in education and in the fall of 2009 she'll start her Ph.D. in Education. We moved back to IA on a small farm so my daughter can have her horses. I am an adjunct instructor at WITCC while I am finishing my doctorate.

When was out of High school I changed my last name to "O'Byrne" to restore it to the family name from Ireland.

School Story:

Breaking my knee wrestling so I didn't have to take P.E. so I could play in the orchestra.

Taking Ed Fortner's class and spending a lot of time with him...

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