Stephen B. Tietz

Jun 17th, 1943 - Feb 27th, 2017


Fri, Mar. 10th, 2017 5 - 7 pm

Stephen B. Tietz

Stephen B. Tietz, 73, of Creal Springs, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm at St. Mary Hospital in Centralia. 

Stephen was born June 17, 1943 in Chicago the son of Donald R. and Carolyn (Miller) Tietz.  He married Janie Simpson on January 29, 1965 in Crawfordsville, Indiana and together they have shared over 52 years of marriage. 

He retired as Vice President of Rend Lake College.  Stephen taught Literature and was an avid reader, especially anything science fiction.  In his spare time he enjoyed being a model railroader, building everything from scratch. 

Survivors include his;

Wife – Janie Tietz of Creal Springs

Daughter – Julia Bizzell and husband Eric of Beecher City

Two grandchildren;

  Davian Bizzell of Beecher City

  Alivia Bizzell of Beecher City

Sister-in-law – Janet Jensen of Denton, Texas 

Preceded by his Parents. 

In accordance with his wishes he will be cremated. An informal celebration of Steve’s life will be held for family and friends on Friday, March 10th from 5 – 7 pm  at 7861 Stonefort Road, Creal Springs.  Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Envelopes may be mailed to Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, IL  62959.



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5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Barbara J. Valenzuela, Ph.D.

    From: Erie (Lawrence Park), Pennsylvania

    Date: March 8, 2017

    I took a Creative Writing class from Steve Teitz at RLC. He gave me my first teaching job after I completed my Master’s degree and wrote a glowing recommendation for me when I decided to leave RLC and pursue a Ph.D. He was one of the best teachers I have ever known. He could get across more in 20 minutes than most of us can do in 50. He was among the few who were most instrumental in my quest for higher education. My sincere sympathies to his family.

  • Guest: Jimmie Peeples

    From: Mt. Vernon, Illinois

    Date: March 8, 2017

    I can see Steve leaning back in his chair, fatigue
    jacket on. Out standing teacher and friend.
    Liked by all. Thanks Steve. I know you are in
    HEAVEN. jim

  • Guest: Christi Mathis

    From: Pinckneyville, Illinois

    Date: March 8, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear of Professor Tietz’s passing. I took a creative writing class with him at RLC many years ago and to this day he is still one of my absolute all-time favorites as a teacher. I enjoyed his classes because he was so enthusiastic, interesting and inspiring. I can still hear him reading original works with such passion and inflection. It was obvious he cared about writing and about his students. After hearing of his administrative promotion, I dropped him a congratulatory note and received a reply that was absolutely him all over again – funny, charming and sweet. What a wonderful man. My deepest condolences to his family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Paul Kolojeski

    From: Hampton , New Hampshire

    Date: March 8, 2017

    A man among boys. Colleague, office mate, fellow Troll, infielder-outfielder-pitcher, leader, friend. Oh Steve how you will be missed and remembered. You held us up when we fell down and served as a stable center for so many who passed through your life. You taught us what it means to have character. Thank you.

    If I make it to heaven, please pick me to play on your team. We love you.

  • Guest: Ralph Hardy

    From: Huntley, IL, Illinois

    Date: April 27, 2017

    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I considered him my best friend in high school and had tried unsuccessfully to connect with him for the past two years using the internet and a couple of email addresses gleaned from our high school reunion page.
    Steve has an incredible mind and great if sometimes cynical sense of humor. He also was a skilled artist and photographer. Lots of fun times together.

    Glad to see his love of science fiction and model
    railroading continued in his adult years. Sounds like a life well lived. I sure wish I had connected with him one last time. Gone but not forgotten.