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“so very sorry about your loss i went to school with mike you have my deepest sympathy's ”
1 of 33 | Posted by: kristen roberts leibli

“Erik and family- I am so sorry about Mike. I only met him once, but between Sara and Monica E. They both told me alot of great things about him. Just...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Sarah Cluney

“Mike will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Keeping you all in our prayers. ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: Susan Robertson & family

“Janet & Bill and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My heart breaks for you. I used to go to the WBMC with you. I keep up with...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Marge Lotz

“Blessings. You're in our hearts. ”
5 of 33 | Posted by: Kristen (Winkler) Sillence

“I am so sorry for your lost, I watched the photo tribute, and you had to be so proud of him. Ernie & Jan Knak ”
6 of 33 | Posted by: Ernie Knak

“Bill and Jan, I use to be your neighbor years ago. I was married to your old neighbor. I live in central Il. but watch the Bton. obits. I am so very...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: jan moser

“Erik, So very sorry for the lose of your brother. Although I did not know him, I'm sure that by his photo tribute he has done alot for people to...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Jessica Lunsford

“Heart felt sympathy with you and your family ”
9 of 33 | Posted by: Kenny & Donna Reusch

“What a great photo tribute! I'm so sorry to hear about Mike. We'll be thinking of you and praying for you. Tina (Patterson) Meeker ”
10 of 33 | Posted by: Tina Meeker

“I am very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a good person. We were in the same graduating class at Burlington High School. I didn't really get...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Ryane Logan

“Krystie, I was so sorry to hear about your brother's accident. Joanne told me he was a really fine young man, and friend. I know you were close, and...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Judy Rhoden

“Bill and Janet, As I write this you are having the committal service for your son. I just returned to town from a short trip but was gone long enough...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: Sharon Thye

“To all the Hightower family ? I am so sorry for your loss. Earlier in the week I had watched a television show about pulling off red cowboy boots....Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Rebecca (Fowler) Scott

“Bill, Janet, Krystie, Jason, Jacob, Eric, I am so truly sorry for your loss. Mike was the best friend a man could ever ask for. We shared so many...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Martin M. Baca

“I am deeply saddened by Mike's passing. He was so kind & warm-hearted, so knowledgeable and talkative. I met him through my friend's neighbor, Ryan,...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Velma Thompson

“my bro mike ill miss you man and so wont monte we had alot of good times together and will never forget them ! my prayers go out to you and your dear...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Brian hand

“mike you will be missed by all of us are prayers are with you and your family.. ”
18 of 33 | Posted by: adrain and linda hand

“Well...not a lot you can say when the world loses such an amazing man! To the Hightower family, you know I love all of you as my own family and my...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Alisha Jo

“My heart and soul are with all of you. You know I love you all. I am so glad I saw Mike when he was in Denver. See you soon. Love and hugs. Nancy...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Nancy Winkler

“I express my deepest heart felt sympathy for your family in this time of loss. Mike was a genuinely kind person. I have many memories; all good of...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Heather Gadbaw(Springsteen)

“dear hightowers mike will always be in my heart he was like a brother to me when we we were growing and you guys were like a second family to me i...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: monte hand

“I'm so sorry to hear about Mike. I wanted to go to the visitation, but was unable to go. But I want you to know that your family has been on my mind,...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Meagan Hulett

“Bill, Janet, Erik, and Krystie I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have been struggling to find the words to express how much Mike meant to me as I...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: David Larson

“Our deepest condolences are with you. Your family will be in our prayers. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Linda and Adrian Hand

“What a wonderful photo tribute to the life of a wonderful young man. I met Mike when he came to work for our construction company in Great Falls, Mt....Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: JIM DAVIS

“Dear Bill, Janet and family, I am so very sory for your loss. I met Michael in 2008. He wanted to purchase a 1954 boat motor from me. I had it priced...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: van crowe

“It's truly a sad day when you find out that a good man and a friend has passed on. We remember Mike as a person who was willing to lend a hand if it...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Mike Wedekind

“Dear Krystie and Mr. and Mrs. Hightower, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother and son. I can't imagine what you are all going through...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Becky Rogers

“Mike will be so missed. He was a wonderful young man. My whole office teased him and called him Mikey. He came to see me one time when he was home. I...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Kathryn S. Waterhouse, Des Moines County Recorder

“We do not know one another but I wanted to send along heartfelt sympathies for the tragic loss of your son... How precious Heaven becomes when we...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Mrs. Julie Brantley

“I am so sorry for your lost, I just found out, we've been out of town. May God be with you during this time, and comfort the family during this time. ”
32 of 33 | Posted by: Rhonda Starman-Bristow

“I am so sorry for your lost, may God help you during this time of sorrow ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Rhonda Starman-Bristow

Visitation: will be from noon until 6:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home

Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Monday, October 11, 2010 at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home

Graveside Service: 1:00 PM Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery

Michael William Hightower, 34, of Great Falls, Montana, formerly of Burlington, died Tuesday, October 5, 2010, in Great Falls as the result of an automobile accident.

Born September 15, 1976, in Burlington, he was the son of William Warren and Janet Rae Morse Hightower.

Michael was a self-employed carpenter. He had also worked at Smith Engineering as a surveying apprentice for five years. He was a 1995 graduate of Burlington High School. He graduated from Southeastern Community College in 1998 with a degree in drafting. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a Boy Scout mentor and was in 4-H as a kid. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, raising animals, the outdoors, classic mustang cars, and fixing things. He was an avid learner, and loved to read. He was always there for his friends and family.

Survivors include his parents, Bill and Janet Hightower of Burlington; one brother, Erik (Sara Buechel) Hightower of Burlington; one sister, Krystie (Jason) Hightower-McDonald of Los Angeles, CA; one nephew, Jacob McDonald; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and four uncles.

Visitation will be from noon until 6:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home. The funeral service for Mr. Hightower will be 11:00 AM Monday, October 11, 2010, at Hass-Thielen Funeral Home with Pastor Dean Moberg officiating. A time of food and fellowship will be held at the Hass-Thielen Community Room following the service. A graveside committal service and inurnment will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, October 12, 2010 in Burlington Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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