Obituary:Michael W. Born

Michael W. Born, 55, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away at his home from sudden cardiac death on December 15, 2020. The celebration of his life will be held Sunday, May 23, 2021. The family hopes that many will have been vaccinated by then and the weather will allow for gathering outside. The location is not yet determined. 

Michael was born and raised in McPherson, Kansas by Barbara and Wilbert Born. He went to college at Washburn University, where he met his wife, Wendi, and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He went to law school at Boston University. He worked in the area of Cyber Security and Privacy Practice at Berkley RE. He was a Board Member of InfraGard, a non-profit, public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was a regular member at the Sage Yoga Studio in Kansas City. He was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player for more than 40 years and was active at the local and national level.

Michael had no known illnesses. He was happier at work over the last year at Berkley RE than he had been for a long time; he felt useful and knew his skills were appreciated. Due to the pandemic, he no longer travelled, he worked from home, and he spent a great deal of time with his family. His family ate healthily during the pandemic because Michael did almost all of the shopping and cooked for them every day. Michael did yoga three times a week for many years at Sage yoga studio. Despite the tragedy of the pandemic, it was one of the happiest years in his family's life.

Michael is survived by many who loved him: his mother, Barbara Born; his wife of 34 years, Wendi (MacMurray) Born and their children, Haley Renee Born; Riley Born, and Riley’s partner, Abigail Middleton; his brother, Jeffrey Born; his sister, Janet (Born) Johnson and husband Jerry Johnson, and their children, Jessica and Jeremy Johnson; his biological mother, Phyllis Peck, husband Charles Peck, and their daughter, Carrie (Peck) Fabrizio and husband Jeff Fabrizio; his uncle John Born and wife Irma Born; his cousin John Edgar Born and wife Linda Born and their children, Melinda and Jonathan; his cousin Amy (Born) Jarvis and husband John Jarvis, and their sons, John Lee, Jacob, and Jamie.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Wilbert Born, in April of 2020. Michael gave his eulogy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to one of the following: KCUR, Kansas City Public Radio at or Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church for the purpose of building improvements related to housing a homeless shelter (10-20 project) and a food pantry.

Posted online on December 31, 2020