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William Dean “Bill” Tschiegg

William Dean “Bill” Tschiegg, 61, residing in Brookston, Indiana went home to be with his Lord and
Savior on Sunday, December 26, 2021, after a short struggle with COVID pneumonia.
He was born in Orrville, Ohio on September 23, 1960, the son of Robert E. and Mary Jean (Weeman)
Tschiegg. He was married to Arlene Otto on April 18, 1998, who preceded him in death in 2012. He
then married Myra McCammon (Leap) on September 2, 2017. She survives.
Bill graduated from Orrville High School in 1979 and continued his studies for ministry at Eastern
Mennonite Bible College. He continued his training at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he
graduated with a pastoral degree. During this time Bill played trumpet and sang with the Moody Men’s
Bill grew up at Salem Mennonite Church where he served as interim pastor from December 1987 –
September of 1988. He played accordian with the Swiss Echoes of the Wayne Country area. He then
moved to North Carolina where he was lead counselor at Cameron Boys Camp from 1988 to 1993. It
was there he learned brick masonry, met and married his first wife Arlene, and moved to her home in
Indiana. It was at this time that Bill learned the art of tuning pianos from Steve Jones who took Bill
under his wing and taught him the craft. He drove and worked for an Amish framing company hired by
an Indianapolis building company. From 2012-2018 Bill worked in quality control for Girtz Industries in
Monticello Indiana. Bill could do anything, including painting, carpentry, and masonry work. He was our
go-to brother for how to do anything.
All of Bill’s life he was very involved with church life and activities, including development of youth
programs, bibles studies and he became heavily involved with the Brethren Church Conference. In his
later years he worked with small churches to help build community.
Bill enjoyed playing cornet, accordian, and singing and playing hymns and beautiful contemporary songs
on the piano. From 1999 until the time of his passing, he was very active in the Brethren Way of Christ
and the Lafayette Great Banquet spiritual renewal weekends, where he was primarily involved in leading
music for the weekends, both vocal and piano.
His pastimes were tuning and repairing old pianos, turning old pianos into a piece of art, most recently
following his father’s art of making music box bells. Bill also enjoyed studying scripture and learning new
things, gardening and landscaping, and most recently studying Hebrew with his wife Myra.
Surviving are his wife of four years, Myra Tschiegg; his mother Mary Jean Tschiegg; brother John
Tschiegg and sister-in-law Peg Tschiegg; and sister Kathryn M. Tschiegg, all of Orrville, Ohio; and many
nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Arlene Otto and his father Robert E. Tschiegg.
Friends may call for the viewing at Calvary Chapel, Lafayette, Indiana, on December 31, 2021, from 10 to
11:30 a.m., followed by a short service at 11:30. Following the service, there will be a procession to the
grave site with a short service.
A local memorial service will be held for family and friends at Salem Mennonite Church in Kidron, Ohio
on Sunday, January 9, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CAMO, 32 Westwood Avenue, Orrville, Ohio 44667 or
Calvary Chapel Lafayette, Indiana, 2111 State Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47905.

1 Comment

  1. Amanda O. Ehrenford on August 11, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Hello Myra,
    I just read about your husband William. How very sad. I am so sorry to hear this. I send you condolences.
    Amanda Ehrenford

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