Editor, Photographer, Pastor, and Gardener, Bill Detweiler died of natural causes on February 22, 2014 at home in Alexandria, VA. Bill lived a full life. Born on the family farm in Chalfont, PA, on October 27, 1929, to Raymond Swartley Detweiler and Anna Yoder Detweiler, he graduated Penn State University in 1951. Bill served as Lieutenant j.g. in the U.S. Navy, 1953-56, and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. Making use of the GI Bill, he graduated from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1960. He served several Episcopal parishes in Indiana and New Orleans, LA. In the 1970's Bill arrived in Virginia with his wife Mary Jo, a librarian, and their children, and became editor of Pastoral Music, after which he settled in as editor of Public Welfare until retirement in 1994. An avid gardener, Bill chaired the Landscape & Grounds Committee of his home, the River Towers Condominium in Alexandria for ten years. Following a weekend in the country with cherished friends, Bill passed away quickly and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Jo Detweiler; children Elizabeth Detweiler of Houston and Hans Detweiler of Chicago; grandchildren Anna Canizales, Pablo Canizales, Esther Detweiler, Avi Detweiler; brother Clifford Detweiler of Gettysburg PA and nephew Chris Detweiler of Jim Thorpe PA.
Memorial Eucharist to be held at St. Mark's Capitol Hill, 301 A Street SE, Washington DC 20003, Saturday, March 22 at 10:30 am., with reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (, Audubon Society ( or St. Mark's Episcopal Church - music fund.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 20, 2014