Capt. Stephen Winters (Ret.) - Ladue fire

Stephen Edward Winters, 74, of High Ridge, Missouri, passed away June 30, 2024 in St. Louis, Missouri.  


He was born August 17, 1949 in Kennett, MO, son of John W. Winters and Clara Roberta (Edwards) Winters.


Stephen courageously served in United States Army, after returning home, he worked as a firefighter/paramedic for the Ladue Fire Department for 38 years. At retirement he held the title of Captain.


He was a member of International Association of Firefighters Local 2665. Stephen enjoyed fishing, woodworking, antiquing, gardening, and most importantly spending time with his grandchildren and family.


Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Kathy Irene (Kloepper) Winters of High Ridge, MO, daughters, Nicole (Robert) Porter of Cypress, TX, Kimberly (Michael) Vogler of House Springs, MO, brother, Richard (Marilyn) Winters of Bonne Terre, MO, grandchildren, Rylie, Savannah, Caitlyn, Colton, Charlotte, Madison and in addition to other loving family members and friends.


Stephen was preceded in death by his father, John W. Winters, mother, Clara Roberta (Edwards) Winters, brother, Philip Winters.


Graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, July 16, 2024 at 11:00 am with Lance Butenhoff officiating. (Please meet in the staging lot across the street from cemetery at 10:30am)


In lieu of flowers please send memorials to The BackStoppers, Inc. 1600 South Brentwood Blvd Suite 220, Brentwood, MO 63144 or visit  


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Arrangements are under the direction of Mahn Funeral Home, DeSoto, MO.

Steven Sanneman, Liberty Fire Department

Steven Gerard Sanneman

October 30, 1971 — July 7, 2024



In loving memory of Steven Gerard Sanneman, a dedicated civil servant and beloved husband, father, son, brother and hero. Steve passed away on July 7, 2024, in Smithville, Missouri, after a five week battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer. His diagnosis was determined to be a cause as a result of his profession and recognized as a line of duty death. He leaves behind a legacy of compassion and service that will forever be remembered.

Born on October 30, 1971, in St. Louis, Missouri, he led a life full of compassion and humor. From his early days growing up in St Louis to his graduation from St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri, he always showed a spark that set him apart. He was a competitive swimmer, competing in his younger years. And as the student becomes the teacher, he also taught swimming lessons at the YMCA. 

His thirst for knowledge led him to paramedic school, marking the beginning of a career dedicated to serving others. His heroism spanned three decades, with the first ten years spent in St. Louis before he made his home in the Kansas City area. Settling in Liberty for the following twenty years, he was a strong shoulder for countless individuals in their darkest hours. Known affectionately as "Sandman" among his colleagues, Steve's impact extended far beyond his work at the department. As a Pediatric Advance Life Support instructor and recipient of the prestigious Medal of Valor from the governor, his commitment to saving lives knew no bounds. He selflessly served on rescue missions in West Plains, embodying bravery in the face of adversity. Outside of his service to the Liberty Fire Department, Steve was dedicated to providing peer support counseling, specifically focusing on PTSD in first responders.

Steve's vibrant personality brought light into the lives of all who knew him. He had an infectious presence that could brighten any room and a penchant for humor that left a lasting impression. A true aficionado of music and movies, he possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of quotes and lyrics that never failed to impress.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Steve found joy in being an adult leader for the Boy Scouts and an Honored Warrior in the Mic-O-Say Tribe. His passion for nature led him to cherish moments camping and hiking in the mountains—activities that brought him peace and fulfillment.

His love for his family knew no bounds; he shared an unbreakable bond with his wife Lisa Sanneman and her son Henry. He leaves behind his daughter Quinlynn Sanneman; father Ronald Sanneman; mother Mary Anne Sanneman; sisters Terri (Mike) Rosso, Nancy VonderHaar, Patty (Mark) Rosen; nieces and nephews Matt (Jenn), Jamie, Chris (Esther), Trish (Mark), Mike, Tori, Tyler; beloved dogs Royce and Remi.

A visitation will be held on July 12th at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The next morning on Saturday, July 13 his Funeral Service will begin at 9:00 AM, also at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Immediately following, Steve will be taken in procession by Liberty Fire Department Pumper 3, passing by his Fire Station 3, to New Hope Cemetery in Liberty for a graveside service with full Fire Fighter Honors.

In honoring Steven Gerard Sanneman's memory, let us carry forward his legacy of kindness, laughter, and unwavering dedication to serving others: donations in Steve’s name may be made to WorldWide Peer Support at Though he may have left this world too soon, his spirit will continue to live on through the countless lives he touched.


Captain James Cova - Affton FPD

The Affton Fire Protection District is saddened to announce the unexpected death of Fire Captain James “Jim” Cova, 54, of High Ridge, MO. Captain Cova, a dedicated member of the Affton Fire Protection District for over twenty-three years, died July 9, 2024 after being found unresponsive on duty at the firehouse. Captain Cova completed several emergency responses throughout his shift. An official cause of death has not been determined. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and two daughters. 


Funeral services have been finalized for Captain Jim Cova. The Affton Fire Protection District and the Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team are jointly planning and coordinating the arrangements with full fire service honors. Public visitation will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2024, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a firefighter walk through at 7:45 pm, at Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63118. Public funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2024, starting at 11:00 am inside the Kutis chapel.


Following the funeral service at Kutis, there will be a procession with fire service apparatus and other public safety vehicles from Kutis Funeral Home to the burial site at St. Paul Churchyard, 7600 Rock Hill Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123. The procession route will head east on Gravois Road. When the procession arrives at Affton firehouse 1, Captain Cova’s caisson will be driven through the firehouse one last time. The procession will proceed eastbound on Gravois Road, then make a left on Weber Road, and another left on S. Laclede Station Road, then a right on S. Rock Hill Road until arrival at St. Paul Churchyard.


Additional coordinating instructions: Procession lineup by 10:30 am at Kutis on Gravois Road to travel eastbound. The procession will build in an eastward direction. To sign up for apparatus procession use this link:         Be sure to select Captain Jim Cova procession. Honor Guards should contact honor guard coordinator Tom Bacon at 314-713-9177. For those wishing to support the informal casket watch you can sign up via this link:


Assistant Chief Matthew Tobben, Boone County FPD

Funeral services have been finalized for Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matthew Tobben. The Boone County Fire Protection District, the Union Fire Protection District and the Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team are jointly planning and coordinating these services.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 12, 2024, from 3 pm to 8 pm at Oltmann Funeral Home in Union, MO and the funeral, with full fire service honors, will be Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 11 am at East Central College in Union, MO. The burial will be private.

There will be a procession with fire service apparatus and other public safety vehicles from the funeral home to East Central College prior to the start of funeral services.

Apparatus should approach Church St by proceeding south on Church St. from Independence Dr. Apparatus should be in place in staging by 0945.

Staging manager is Fire Chief Chris Amenn and can be reached at 314-399-0763. Contact staging area manager on V-Fire 21 (Fire Mutual Aid).

Agencies bringing emergency vehicles, please RSVP via this link:

Emergency and staff vehicles are asked to NOT park on the funeral home parking lot.

Honor Guard & Pipes and Drums are being requested. Honor Guard, contact Ron Schroeder at 314-757-7114 for information. Pipes and Drums, contact Rick Aholt at 314-708-0038.



3 PM to 8 PM

Friday, July 12, 2024

Oltmann Funeral Home

103 N Church St, Union, MO 63084


Funeral Service

11:00 AM

Saturday, July 13, 2024

East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union, MO 63084