Steve Rye, Sole Survivor owner, dies at 70


The Mid County Chamber of Commerce has reported that Steve Rye, former owner of Sole Survivor, has passed on. His wife Kay said the cause was a heart attack. She reported his passing on April 5 on the Sole Survivor Facebook page.

She said that the business will go on, “of course.” She added that their next event is this weekend: Annual Small Scrap & Hide Sale + the return of: A Back Alley Clearance Sale

Kay also posted on Facebook:

If you had not heard, Steve had a major heart attack and sadly is no longer with us. He is now with God and getting a much-needed and well deserved rest!

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.

The tribute to Steve Rye is to be held at The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, on Saturday, April 22
11 a.m. – A tribute to Steve’s Life and a Word of Hope
12:00 – Refreshments
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Open House

Steve Rye’s obituary: In memory of Steve Rye

Passing of Steve Rye, Sole Survivor


  1. Being a long time resident of Maplewood, we were thrilled to see Sole Survivor come into the neighborhood several years ago. I stopped in the shop periodically and talked to Steve about how wonderful and unique his craft was. I know his family was very involved in the work and I hope they will continue this amazing store. If you read this, know our deepest sympathies are with you and we pray for peace during this difficult time.

    Steve Terelmes

  2. I am saddened, and stunned. I thought he would always be there, at Sole Survivor. As just a common customer, I was glad to see him there during the Maplewood Coffee Crawl. He emanated peace.

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