Charles Michael Burkhardt, age 66, of Yukon, OK and formerly of Cicero, IN, passed away May 9, 2020 in Oklahoma. He was born October 27, 1953 to Charles Richard and Elizabeth (Heinzman) Burkhardt.
He was a graduate of Hamilton Heights High School with the Class of 1971. He first obtained an Associates Degree in Computer Programming at Oklahoma City, OK. He then earned a BS Degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology specializing in chemical engineering. He also was a member and captain of Rose Hulman's track team.
Michael, as he was known, had worked for Enron Oil & Gas Company first designing vendor price comparisons for engineering services and later assisted in the design of sections of production, accounting, and tracking systems for daily well data, and lastly designed a drilling report program. He also wrote a production report program for Oakland Oil Company and designed a database system for the Oklahoma Horse racing Commission.
His family attested that he was primarily a petroleum engineer, reservoir engineer for underground natural gas storage and involved in pipeline mapping. He wrote scientific computer programs for well performance evaluation using reservoir simulation programs to determine volume versus pressure curves, calculate gas reserves and retrograde condensate recovery. This process would aid in maintaining storage field deliverabilities by stimulation and acid clean up programs.
Michael also taught computer programming courses and tutored students on programming, operations, as well as accounting courses at the college level. Additionally he taught them on debugging programs and helped them to achieve an appropriate level of efficiency.
Survivors include his father, Charles Michael Burkhardt of Cicero, IN, siblings: William Jay Burkhardt, John Frederick (Patty) Burkhardt, and Linda Beth (David) Kelly, nieces and nephews: Alyssa Burkhardt and husband Kanna Raghunathan, Krista Burkhardt and husband Mike Stoodley, Amanda Louise Kelly, Lara Katharine (Kelly) Prange and Matthew Prange, Zachary Adam Kelly, Alaina Faye (Kelly) Dorsey and Aaron Dorsey, plus great nephews:Jasper Prange, Oliver Prange, Sebastian Dorsey and Elliott Dorsey.
His mother, Elizabeth Burkhardt preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are entrusted to Hartley Funeral Homes Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, IN 46034 where you may send condolences at http://www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123