William “Bill” Norman Stiegemeier


William “Bill” Norman Stiegemeier, 71, died after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer at his home surrounded by family on April 29, 2022, in Overland Park, KS. Bill is survived by his wife, Christie; sister, Jane Fee (Michael) of Kansas City, MO; son, Ben Stiegemeier (Julie Kleinhenz) of Houston, TX; daughter, Lee Stiegemeier (Nick Jones) of Overland Park, KS; and the lights of his life, grandchildren Maxine and Adam Jones and Elise Stiegemeier. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Stiegemeier and Joan Stiegemeier.

An Overland Park native, Bill was born with a love for the outdoors. When he wasn’t racking up accolades on the baseball field, he enjoyed spending time with his cousins and grandparents in St. Charles, MO, where he would work on tractors with his grandfather. He played football and threw the javelin at Shawnee Mission North, where he met his high school sweetheart, Christie Adams. They attended the University of Kansas before Bill was drafted into the Minnesota Twins farm system as a pitcher, and then married in 1972. Despite his natural talents and unmatched work ethic, Bill suffered a career-ending elbow injury in 1975. This ending was the catalyst for a beautiful new beginning doing his most important work: finishing his degree, starting a family and raising much of Johnson County through his coaching, teaching and administrative roles in the Shawnee Mission School District.

Starting in 1976, Bill taught various courses and coached football and baseball for Shawnee Mission South. He took a job as head football coach at Shawnee Mission East in 1985, where he taught Psychology I and II, among other classes, until 1991. He then spent the remainder of his career back at Shawnee Mission South in roles as javelin coach, educator, assistant principal and athletic director. Firm but fair, Bill modeled integrity at every turn, showing compassion and kindness while always championing the underdog and helping kids consistently work to achieve their full potential. Even after retirement in 2012, he continued to give back as javelin coach for Shawnee Mission Northwest. He also mowed at St. Andrews Golf Course and was never without a house project to keep him busy.

Throughout the years, Bill could be found running through Kansas City neighborhoods to stay in shape, as well as biking, running and camping in Colorado on family vacations. He was a beloved father, ever supportive of his kids in their educational, athletic and professional endeavors and willing to offer a trusted hand or ear whenever needed. In his spare time, he came to cherish Saturdays with Christie, Ben’s and Lee’s families, and many helpful friends spent working on the family farm in Mound City, KS, restoring old buildings, removing constraining fences, planting trees, mowing acres and marveling at the natural beauty of the native land. He was a wonderful Poppy to his grandkids, never shying away from princess and pony tea parties, painting pumpkins, fantastic imaginary play and being the ultimate “fixer” of everything from broken fairy wands to skinned knees.

Bill will forever be remembered as a great listener and outstanding role model, as well as for his perseverance and passion for bringing out the best in everyone he impacted. Though his legacy lives on, he will be deeply missed.


A celebration of life will be held Thursday, May 19, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208 at 4 p.m., followed immediately by a reception in the church’s Friendship Hall.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or a charity of your choice.


  1. Luis Garcia on May 21, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Thank you Coach for giving me the perseverance to always strive to be the best I can be! I have given those lessons to my children.

    Luis Garcia – ‘91

  2. Mike DeNoon on May 19, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Bill was a great teammate, friend, and was so supportive. He was a fantastic role model in everything he did. I extend my condolences to the family and especially Christy. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man! RIP Bill.

  3. Bruce Bove on May 19, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    I so many memories of Bill. We met in college and reunited at S.M. South. I was on the football staff with for a short time and later he was my A.D. He was always interested in the swim program and our needs. I respected him so much. Some of my greatest memories are when we just sat and talked about K.U. athletics and other great world issues. He will be missed!

  4. David (and Kristine) Mesh on May 19, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Both my wife and I had the honor of working with Bill at Shawnee Mission South. He was a caring individual and an utmost professional. Just the way he carried himself day to day in the highly volatile world that is a public high school made us both want to be better educators and people. Whenever we had the need to call upon Bill for assistance, he was always measured, involved and supportive. His years in education alone are a testament to his character – not everyone can make a career in such a field, and he positively impacted many lives through the years. “May all in kinship and friendship stand In thy fraternity . . . Raiders we ever shall be.”

  5. Erica Tannenbaum Bush on May 17, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Mr. Stiegemeier was one of the best teacher’s I had in high school. Like so many have mentioned, he encouraged my love of psychology which was my major in college. He always made time if you were struggling with the pressures of school. So very sorry to hear about him passing way too early. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

  6. Albert Veit on May 17, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    My wife Pam and I would like to extend our sympathy to all the family. I have nothing but fond memories from our interactions at SMS.

  7. James F. Gillespie on May 17, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Christie I am very sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy. When I moved to Overland Park in the middle of 5th grade Bill was kind and included me in this vast group of friends. Whether it was sharing rides home from sports practices in high school or watching him grow into an administrator at SM South Bill always handled with class and dignity. He will be missed.

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