Apr 07, 1927---Mar 14, 2023

William Dean Tiegreen, 95, entered his heavenly rest on March 14, 2023, at Westchester Village in Lenexa, Kansas where he joyfully resided the last four years.  He was the firstborn and only son of Arnold and Lillian Tiegreen, born on April 7, 1927, in Chanute, Kansas.  After graduating from Chanute High School, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII supervising 25-30 postal workers in a U.S. Army post office in Berlin.

As a graduate of Ottawa University, Bill became a math teacher in Menlo, Kansas where he rented a room with the Liester family. While he taught and coached at the high school, a romance began between he and Jackie Liester, and Bill and Jackie were married on June 24, 1951, nearly 72 years ago.

The couple moved to Goodland, Kansas where Bill acquired a new teaching and coaching position at the high school. While at that tenure, the first two of their three children were born. In 1955, the family moved to Kansas City, Kansas where Bill assumed similar positions at Washington High School and their third and youngest child arrived.

In 1958, Bill acquired another teaching and coaching position at Shawnee Mission North High School. Shortly thereafter, in 1959, the family moved to a new home in Merriam, Kansas. Bill later took a position as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of Shawnee Mission South High School in 1966 when the school opened.  He retired from this position in 1992. During this season, the Tiegreens moved to Lenexa in 1973, and resided in the same home until moving into Westchester Village in February of 2019.

Though Bill had many successes and treasured friendships in his career and church family life, his true passion was his relationship with Jesus Christ which began when he was twelve years old.  It was this relationship that motivated him in family life, career, and service in the local church where he gave generously and served faithfully in the choir. Though he often spoke of his love for the Lord, his intimacy with Jesus grew even greater during the last four years of his life as he found stable hope in frequent personal study of the Bible and prayer. He was also greatly blessed by the sweet fellowship he had with his new friends at Westchester, sharing meals and devotions with them regularly.

Bill was a treasured, faithful father and a generous and kind “Opa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  His tender, hearty laugh and steady nature was a welcoming lap to each of them.  They love and treasure the memories of walks and chats with Opa which included athletic, academic, and spiritual encouragement.  Cherished memories of helping him with household projects, taking family trips, and generous gifts are frequently relayed at family gatherings.  His kindness has left a lasting imprint on their hearts.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie, his parents, Arnold and Lillian Tiegreen, his sisters, Evelyn Tiegreen and Louise (Tiegreen) Burke, and his grandson, Joel Tiegreen.

He is survived by his three children, Roger (Annette,) Rhonda (Bob O’Neil,) and Randy (Marilyn) Tiegreen, four grandchildren, two grandchildren-in-law, and ten great grandchildren.

Please join us in the celebration service of Bill’s life on Monday, March 20, 2023, at 1:30 PM in Garrett Chapel 2020 E. Sheridan St. Olathe, KS 66062.  This location is part of College Church of the Nazarene adjacent to MidAmerica Nazarene University. Private interment to follow.

Bill’s family would like to especially thank his hospice nurse, Danae, the chaplain, Lisa, and his aide, Mercedes along with other support staff of Ascend Hospice for their terrific care and end-of-life support they gave Bill.

The family’s sincere gratefulness is also extended to Bill’s nurses, Bubba and Purity, his CNA, Deborah, the friendly front desk personnel, and ALL of the amazing staff at Westchester Village for their consistently loving care these last four years.

Many beloved family and friends also faithfully visited Bill which was additionally a tremendous gift.  Among them included the kind, loving, and consistent prayers and visits shared by the Zelle and Rexroth families along with friends and pastors from Bill’s church families at both College Church and Lenexa Baptist.

All this kind support has been an incredible blessing to Bill and his family!

If you desire, donations may be made in Bill’s honor to College Church of the Nazarene at College Church of the Nazarene - GIVE. Click on drop down arrow and select the choice desired.

Honorary donations may also be given to Shawnee Mission South High School Foundation at Make a Donation - ​Shawnee Mission South High School (smsd.org)


Tina Beard Mar 16, 2023

Former student ,Topeka ,Kansas

Graduated in 1990. I remember him and wish him a peaceful rest.

Paul Salchow Mar 16, 2023

Former Student ,OP ,Kansas

I am very sorry for your loss, Mr. Tiegreen helped me deal with some issues I was going through back then. He really cared and it helped, Rest in Piece Sir.

Brad Coens Mar 16, 2023

SMS Student 1978 - 1981 ,Chesterland ,Ohio

Thank you Dr. Tiegreen for your service and dedication in making the SMS High School one the best in the US. Rest in Peace!

Kathlene J (Bryant)Jennings Mar 17, 2023

Former student ,Florissant ,Missouri

Rest in peace. You and Mr Wilson got me through to graduation (1971). Your job on earth is done. Rest well in heaven! Kathi

Judy Rehfeld Mar 18, 2023

I was privileged to be able to work with Bill Tiegreen as his secretary at SM South for five years until his retirement. He was a giving, caring, loving person who treated everyone well. He will be missed.

Lary Burke Mar 18, 2023

Nephew ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Rest well Uncle Bill. Your now with your whole family. Grandpa, Grandma, aunt Evie, and my mom, Louise. What a joyful thought that your all together and grandma is making her cinnamon rolls. You all a testament to living a life of service and love. We can all follow your example. Our mission should be to do just that, every day.

Eric Peterson Mar 19, 2023

Former student at SM North ,Overland Park ,Kansas

So sorry to hear of Mr. Tiegreen's passing. I had him for Geometry my sophomore year in 1962. One of the nicest teachers I ever had. RIP, Bill.

Greg Wilson Mar 19, 2023

Teacher/coach at SM South ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Mr. Tiegreen was the AD at South when I was there from 1978-81. He was a kind and wise man and gave me my first chance at coaching. He was mentor to me and many others and a guiding hand to many. Rest in Peace. Greg Wilson

Donald Hobbs Mar 19, 2023

Teacher at SMS for 30 years ,Prairie Village, ,Kansas

Sorry to hear of Bills death, I was employed at SMS from 1966-96, I recall many years of knowing Bill and enjoying his company.

Debbie Austin Endecott Mar 19, 2023

Student at SMS. Class of 1975.

Awww! Warm thoughts, smiles, fond memories and prayers to family, friends, co-workers and students of this sweet soul. You Mr. Tiegreen will truly be missed. I have not forgotten how you made me feel important 50 years ago. I REALLY respected you and how you treated students Mr. Tiegreen. Unfortunately I cannot say same for everyone. You were a wonderful person and always treated others/me with dignity and respect. Glad I was able to tell your kind son the story of you helping my family search for my Mom’s Mother Ring (with fake stone she cherished because her 3 girls pooled their money and bought). He relayed story to you. You searched for ring again the next day. You found it and were elated to bring ring to me in class. I asked for that ring after my Mom passed because it reminded me not only of Mom but you Mr. Tiegreen as well. I will be pulling that ring out of my drawer and slip on my finger. Remembering you and my Mom…2 of Heaven’s sweetest Angels. Save me and the rest of us a spot in Heaven as we look forward to joining you all one day soon. Thank you for the sweet memories. Rest in Him. ???????????????

Jane Long Mar 19, 2023

Former teacher at Shawnee Mission South ,Grandview ,Missouri

Mr. Tiegreen was very kind and thoughtful person in the way he dealt with both faculty and students. I also have many fond memories of him as he made sure that staff members working at athletic events were comfortable and had everything needed. I want to extend my condolences to his family.

Jim Smith Mar 20, 2023

Friend ,Olathe ,Kansas

I had the privileged of the knowing this couple at College Church and also helping them purchase and sell a beautiful home.

George A Knittle Mar 22, 2023

My first contact with Bill Tiegreen was in 1958--he was an assistant basketball coach at Washington HS and I was an 8th grader who loved basketball. The coaches had a clinic on Saturday mornings for grade school players. I will always remember Bill teaching me the "Mikan drill" at one of the side baskets in the WHS gym. He went to SM after that, so he wasn't there when I played at WHS. In 1969 I applied for a teaching and coaching job at SM South and to my surprise I find Bill Tiegreen as the Athletic Director when I interview for the job. RIP big Bill, you lived a long and respected life dedicated to the education of a lot of kids.

Gary Blumenthal Mar 23, 2023

Friend ,Mechanicsburg ,Pennsylvania

Rhonda, so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. You won the dad lottery. Your dad was so proud of you (and all of his family). You were so fortunate to have him in your life for your entire life. It’s going to feel different for a while.