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Rev. William F. Burd

1927 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Rev. William F. Burd Obituary
Reverend William F. Burd, age 86, of Winona Lake, Indiana, went home to be with his Lord at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at his residence.

Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946-1948, and again from 1951-1952. He graduated in 1956 from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington with a B.A. in History and Philosophy. In 1959, he received his Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was ordained on June 21, 1959.

He served as a student assistant from 1956-1959 at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then as Assistant Pastor from 1959-1961. He then moved and served as Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland from 1961-1970; and as Pastor at Wabash Presbyterian Church in Wabash, Indiana from 1970-1980. From January, 1981-February, 1984, he served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and from February, 1984-September, 1989, he was the Pastor of First Presbyterian of Aurora, Illinois. He moved back to Indiana and served as Interim Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, Indiana from September, 1989-March, 1990. From March, 1990-November, 1991, he was Interim Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

When he moved to Warsaw, Indiana, he was the Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church denomination of Warsaw from January, 1991-June, 1992. His service to the church throughout the years was in many capacities: as Member, Stated Clerk, Moderator, and Chairman.

He was on the Board of Directors from 1966-1970 at the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce; President of the Wabash Ministerial Association from 1975-1977; and served as Vice-President of the Wabash Area Chamber of Commerce from 1978-1979; and President from 1979-1980.

He had been a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana for the past 10 years, where from 2004-2005 he helped bring the Warsaw First Presbyterian Church to become the Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed attending the fellowship of Men Following Christ.

He was born on February 8, 1927, to William Burd, Sr. and Esther (Weismer) Burd. On June 10, 1955, he was married to Geraldine "Gerri" Araminta (Peil). They were married for 50 years before she preceded him in death on July 4, 2005. He remarried on January 1, 2006, to Judith Reneker, who survives in Winona Lake, Indiana.

He was a dedicated servant of the Lord, husband, father and grandfather. His presence and heart were larger than life and he will be deeply missed. He will be remembered for his warm plentiful hugs, infectious smile and healing of relationships; and especially his sense of humor.

Left behind to mourn are his wife, Judith Burd of Winona Lake, Indiana; his son, James S. and Linda L. Burd of Huntington, Indiana; daughter, Chayris I. Burd of Los Angeles, California; three stepsons, Randy and Sherri) Reneker of Warsaw, Indiana, Rob and Chris Reneker of Leesburg, Indiana, Rick and Kim Reneker of Fort Wayne, Indiana; stepdaughter, Renee and Sepass Hernandez of Leesburg, Indiana; three grandchildren, Christie, Jonathan and Lilie Burd; nine stepgrandchildren, Travis and Megan Reneker, Tyler and Tory Reneker, Drake Spear, Nick Marsh, Trish, Adam, Katy, Megan and Ryan Reneker; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Zack, Jordan and Elijah Reneker; and his brother, Dick Burd of York, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest brother,Dave Burd; and his first wife, Gerri A. Burd.

His memorial service will be Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High Street, Warsaw, Indiana and officiated by Pastor Erik Ohman. A private graveside service will take place at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw with Military Rites conducted by active duty Honor Guard. There will be time for visitation in the Fellowship Hall of the church on Friday, December 20, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. Arrangements by Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home of Warsaw, Indiana.

Memorial donations may be directed to Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High Street, Warsaw, Indiana 46580; or Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, Indiana 46581-1196.

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Published in The Holland Sentinel on Dec. 11, 2013
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