Steve Rye's Memorial Website | Ever Loved


No notifications
We will send an invite after you submit!
  • Helping hands

    In lieu of flowers

    Please consider a donation to To help with final expenses.
  • Who else knew Steve?

    Help keep everyone in the know by sharing this memorial website.
Helping hands

In lieu of flowers

Please consider a donation to To help with final expenses.

Personal note from Steve's Family and the business, Sole Survivor Leather

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming out and sharing in our joyful time of remembering and honoring Steve's life. Steve's eldest daughter Sarah put together a beautiful tribute that we would like to share.

Here's the link:…

We look forward to your visits at the store and will have the guest/memory book from the weekend in the store for anyone who wants to sign and/or share.

Thank you for your continued support of Sole Survivor. Our hours will be slightly reduced for a period of time as we settle in and adjust. Please note our new hours below.

Sole Survivor Staff and Family: Kay Rye (wife) and Annie (daughter) & Sam (apprentice)
Children & Grands: Sarah Rye Bliss and Tim Bliss, Astrid, Mirasol and Stoddard Bliss. Jesse Rye and Minnie Poole Rye and Lucas Rye
Siblings Susan Rye Mendenhall (John Mendenhall) and Scott Rye (Dee)
Last but not least, Steve's parents: Jack & Elaine Rye who are both still living and like Steve, lively and energetic!


Send flowers

Share your sympathy. Send flowers from a local florist to Steve's family or funeral.


Steven D. Rye, 70, of Fairview Heights, IL, born Saturday, November 22, 1952, in Wood River, IL, passed away Monday, March 27, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Steve started his work as a leather artisan in 1968. At that time, he knew it would be his life's work. He was a treasured member of the Maplewood, MO business community. Everyone who knew him called him friend.

Steve was energetic and full of life. …

Want to stay updated?

Get notified when new photos, stories and other important updates are shared.

Memories & condolences

Other ways to help out

Jesse and Kay could use your help with:
  • Text or email this website to others who knew Steve
  • Share this website on your Facebook page
Learn more & help out arrow pointing right

Other key details

Method of disposition


Kurrus Funeral Home
Funeral services provided by

Kurrus Funeral Home

Recently sent flowers

Flower order photo
Sent by Laura Miller

Stay in the loop

Steve Rye