William E Burd

October 4, 1940November 4, 2018
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William E. Burd, 78, of Columbus, passed Sunday, November 4th, 2018 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Mr. Burd was a devoted family man and followed in the footsteps of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He was a dedicated member of First Christian Church and a member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana, to which he recently received his 50 year Award of Gold.

In addition to his community, Bill proudly served his country as a First Lieutenant in the US Army in the Vietnam War. During his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze star for his sacrifice and bravery. Through this all, his passion was architecture. Bill had been an award winning architect for more than 50 years, 25 of which at his own firm. He won national awards for his authentic and contemporary designs that continue to help define Columbus as a renowned architectural city. Bill’s creative legacy can be seen on many designs in our community, however some of his most notable accomplishments include Fire Station #3 (National AIA Award), Fire Station #2 and the auditorium and natatorium expansions at Columbus North High School. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Anna Lois Burd.

Remembering Bill with love and admiration includes his wife of 45 years, Loretta M. Burd; children Deborah Burd of Hilton Head, Teri Dorazil of Dallas and Stephen and Mechelle Burd of Hilton Head; sisters Mary Ann Sodrel and Donna Schad of New Albany; and grandchildren Haley, Preston, Gia, Roman, Sterling, Steele, Slaide and Stone.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, November 9th at First Christian Church (531 5th Street, Columbus, IN) with Rev. Michael Hogg officiating. Friends will be received beginning at noon. Following the service, the family will hold a private entombment at Garland Brook Cemetery with military rites provided by the Bartholomew County Combined Honor Guard. Following the entombment ceremony, the Burd Family lovingly invites all family and friends to attend the “Bill Burd Life Celebration” reception at the Harrison Lake Country Club beginning at 4 pm. The Burd Family asks for memorials in Mr. Burd’s name to be donated to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana (Columbus, IN). Please leave condolences or special memories of Bill online at


  • Loretta Mae Burd, Wife
  • Deborah Burd, Daughter
  • Teri Dorazil, Daughter
  • Stephen (Mechelle) Burd, Son
  • MaryAnn Sodrel, Sister
  • Donna Schad, Sister
  • Also surviving are grandchildren, Haley, Preston, Gia, Roman, Sterling, Steele, Slaide and Stone; as well as several nieces and nephews.

  • Our Hospice of South Central Indiana


  • Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 9, 2018

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Janilyn Ford

November 12, 2018

I had the privilege of working for Bill's family cleaning business a few years. He hired a manager to run it yet he earned my respect early on. He was personable and worked on the good standards of if you wanted to be respected, yout treat others with respect. He cherished his family, worked too many hours and too hard and I am glad to learn through reading these other entries that he actually did get in some activities from time to time. I am one that feels my life was better by having known he and Loretta during those few years.

Rita Euers

November 8, 2018

I will never forget Bill's smile and his sense of humor and the many times he would sneak in and decorate your office. My heart is broken for you and the family. I send my sincere condolences and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Rita Euers

Pat Crimmins

November 8, 2018

We could always count on Bill to play golf with at Otter Creek! All of us enjoyed his company and competitive play. In later years I always found enjoyment in catching up with what Bill and family were doing. Bill will be missed! All the best to the Burd Family. Pat Crimmins.

Chris and Linda Sarka

November 7, 2018

It is true and so great that Bill was an award winning architect leaving a creative legacy of designs for all to enjoy!

But, I think the real legacy he leaves is with the family and friends who's lives are changed for the better for having known him. Each carry with them some of his dreams, his creativity, his love of life, love of family and his respect for all.

Buildings don't last forever. But, the contagious lessons learned and the "spark" of goodness and happiness that Bill has shared with so many, have been life forming. His influence will be passed forward by his friends and family as they share lessons learned to others and to future generations to come. In that we we live forever!

thank you Bill

Chris and Linda Sarka

Michael Nees

November 7, 2018

Bill will always be in our hearts and prayers as a beautiful memory. The time spend with Bill, Loretta and the rest of the family will never be forgotten. Caleb said that he will miss the boat rides from Uncle Bill. Michael will never forget his time with Bill putting the garage walls up in Hilton Head. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
Michael, Lynne and Caleb