Derek Adam Burchett, 23, of Blue Springs, Missouri, died August 28, 2011, at KU Medical Center following a motorcycle accident. 

Derek Adam Burchett, 23, of Blue Springs, Missouri, died August 28, 2011, at KU Medical Center following a motorcycle accident.  

He was born July 13, 1988, to Scott and Cerise Dugan Burchett in Kansas City, KS.  Always charming and with a twinkle in his eye, Derek, a 2007 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, could talk anyone into almost anything. As a young boy, when he started a conversation with “How about you and me go…”, you knew you were going to end up doing something with him. As a child, he loved flying model airplanes with his Gramps, trips to the zoo, and getting a burger and fries at Fritz’s.  He liked playing catch, playing poker and going to the boats, enjoyed hunting, fishing, loved his Durango and motorcycle and recently learned to enjoy the experience of watching sunrises and sunsets.  Along with one of his friends, we will never forget your upbeat positive aura that you always put off, bringing everyone up regardless of the time or situation.  

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Steve and Alison Dugan, and grandfather, Ray Burchett.  

Left to cherish his memory are: his mother, Cerise Dugan Burchett; father, Scott Burchett; step-mother, Tammy Burchett; sisters: Krystal and Emily; step-sister, Liz Mitchell; step-brother, Ray Mitchell (Pooneh Bagher); grandmother, Ann Burchett; great-grandparents, Tom and Viola Dugan; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.  

Derek, we will always love you, miss your ready smile, and never forget.  

Visitation will be held Friday, September 2, 2011, from 10 a.m. to Noon, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rd Street, Overland Park.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at Noon, followed by a luncheon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Derek’s memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 7000 W. 105th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66212.  

Please offer condolences at mcgilleyhogememorialchapel.com.