Morgan Andrew Burnham, Sept. 23, 1979 — Aug. 13, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 2:34 p.m. CDT; updated 3:45 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — Morgan Andrew Burnham, 33, died at University Hospital, August 13, 2013 due to complications associated with liver disease. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.

A private burial will be held at the New Liberty Cemetery in Ashland, MO. A ceremony honoring his life will be held later at the family home.

He was born in Columbia, MO on September 23, 1979 to Bill and Helen Burnham. On November 20, 2010 he married Emily Bach in Columbia.

Morgan grew up in Columbia and graduated from Hickman High School in 1998. He took courses at both the University of Missouri and Columbia College. Morgan and John Gillig started All Star Lawn Care in 2004. He sold the business in the fall of 2012, having decided to return to school and begin a new chapter in his life.

Morgan was kind, generous, bright, loyal, and hilarious. He had a whip smart sense of humor and an encyclopedic brain. Morgan loved Mizzou football, tailgating, Cardinal baseball, float trips, taking long drives in the country, swimming, history (especially Irish history), traveling, listening to music, exploring, photography, playing softball, going to see live music, and spending time with his faithful companions Harriet, Ruby, and Lady Bird. He was a great husband, son, brother, and friend to many.

In addition to his wife Emily Bach, he is survived by his father Bill Burnham of Columbia, sister Emily Burnham of Columbia, sister Katie Burnham Wilkins and her husband Marcus Wilkins of Columbia, and brother Spencer Burnham of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by his grandmother Mary Smith of Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Smith Burnham, grandfather J. Ned Smith, and grandparents Frank and Estelle Burnham.

Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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