It’s with great sadness, we share the news of the passing of Steve Rye, owner of Sole Survivor.

Rye was the eyes and ears of Maplewood; a community leader, always looking out for the best interest of our small business community. He was a master in his craft of leather making with over 50+ years of experience. He took tremendous pride in both his work and impressive workshop (which was meticulously organized).

The only thing that rivaled Steve’s dedication to Sole Survivor was to his family, especially Kay, his wife and co-owner of the store, for whom he treasured.

On behalf of the Maplewood business community, we extend our deepeset condolences and prayers to the Rye family and to his wide network of friends, fellow artisans, neighbors, and customers who will miss him dearly.


Steve’s dear children Sarah, Jesse, Annie and his wife Kay invite you to join us in Maplewood at the Focal Point as we reflect on Steve’s life and times; his work, his family and friends.
Drop in anytime that suits your schedule. We look forward to spending time with you and hearing your stories and reflections on your friendship with Steve, loving Father, Husband and Friend.

Saturday April 22nd
Location: Focal Point 2720 Sutton Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63143
  11am – A tribute to Steve’s Life and a Word of Hope
  Noon – Refreshments
  1pm – 4pm – Open House

More Info about Service: Click Here

Obituary: Click Here