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Rev. William Lee Stieglitz, of Winona Lake, passed away and entered the Lord's presence Thursday, Dec. 21, at Grace Village at the age of 90.
He had been a resident of Kosciusko County for at least 55 of those years, living in Milford, Nappanee and Winona Lake. William (also known to his family and friends as Bill), was born Dec. 12, 1927, in Milford, the son of Henry and Anna (Zimmerman) Stieglitz.
He grew up in a large family, the son of a farmer. After serving in the Navy, he had early aspirations to be a professional ball player, which led to his playing for the Chicago Cubs on a farm league. This direction changed, once he turned his life over to Christ and headed to college to prepare for serving the Lord in full time ministry.
He married Beverly Burch Aug. 13, 1955, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1955 from Nyack Bible College in Nyack, New York. He and his wife became pioneer missionaries to the Dani tribe in Papua, New Guinea, for over nine years, while serving under the Christian and Missionary Alliance with work that involved evangelism, church planting and beginning a Bible school. He was later a pastor of different churches located in Indiana, Michigan and Texas. Later, William worked for the World Missionary Press, Word Music and Martin's Supermarket. He often wrote devotional articles and Biblical editorials for The Goshen News.
William was a member of Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee. A loving family man, William devoted his life to the pursuits of knowing, loving, and serving God and helping others in those same pursuits.
William will be lovingly remembered by all his family, which includes daughters Rebecca (Mark) Dingeldein, Milford, and Dinah (Ernest) Bergan Wadsworth, Ohio. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Jonathan (Julie Stutsman) Dingeldein, Burlington, Iowa, Stephen (Wendy Weimer) Dingeldein, Durham, North Carolina, Daniel (Megan Okerson) Dingeldein, San Diego, California, Joshua (Jacqueline Close) Dingeldein, Denver, Colorado, Caleb Dingeldein, Milford, Anna Bergan, Irving, Texas, Nathaniel and Timothy Bergan of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Hallie (David) Eckenrode, Dallas, Texas. He is blessed to have nine great-grandchildren: Micah, Noah, Kate and Kinsey (children of Jon and Julie); Evelyn, Cyrus, Gage and Elsee (children of Stephen and Wendy); and Madison (child of Daniel and Megan). He is survived by his siblings: Joshua (Elizabeth), James, Elizabeth (Jack) Scruggs, Frances (Eric) Schiller, Ruth (John) Hooley and brother-in-law (John) Zook.
He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly; three brothers, George, John and Larry Stieglitz; sister Rosemary Zook; and sister-in-law, Marilyn.
A public visitation time will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, followed by a memorial service as a celebration of Williams's life from 3 to 4 p.m. The viewing and memorial service will be held at Mishler Funeral Home located at 461 W. 900 North, Milford. A burial service at 4:30 p.m. will follow at Milford Cemetery, Milford, where he will receive military honors for his services in the Navy. Both services will be officiated by Bryan Benjamin, Grace Village chaplain.
Memorial donations may be directed to Nappanee Missionary Church, P.O. Box 110, 70417 SR 19 North, Nappanee, IN 46550, and are much appreciated by the family.
Published on December 24, 2017
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