Stephen Ritter Jannings

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Stephen Ritter Jannings of Bourbon, MO, passed away at his home on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the age of 87 years.

Stephen was born on July 15, 1931 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Stephen Platinum and Christina Henrietta (Ritter) Jannings. He lived parts of his childhood in St. Louis, but mostly grew up on the family farm in Lohmann, MO. 

On January 26, 1955, Stephen was united in marriage to Evelyn Marie LaValle in St. Louis, MO, at the Messiah Lutheran Church, and to this union four children were born. He and Evelyn also served as a foster family and welcomed many young people into their home over the years. Stephen was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church of Leasburg, MO, where he served as a trustee for several years.

As a young man, Stephen worked for McDonald Aircraft, served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953, and then worked at the St. Louis Terminal Rail Road, the St. Louis Water Department, and eventually for the St. Louis Fire Department, where he enjoyed a 27-year career. After retiring from the fire department, he went to work for the City of Sullivan Parks Department for 11 years. He felt blessed to have had an opportunity to drive a steam locomotive when he was younger and to usher at Sportsman Park for the last game the St. Louis Browns played there. Stephen loved to spend time outdoors, gardening, with his family, and fishing, especially cat fishing at the family farm on the Moreau River and at Uncle Dean’s cabin on the Bourbeuse River. 

Stephen is survived by his children, Timothy Shane Jannings of Gerald, MO, Daniel Joseph Jannings of Bourbon, MO, Pamela Ann Kerby and life partner, Robert Klaeger, of Sullivan, MO, and Michael Scott Jannings and wife, Shelley, of Bourbon, MO; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; his canine buddy, Shirley; nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, his church family and his friend, Randy Pyatt.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Lavalle) Jannings; his parents, Stephen and Christina (Ritter) Jannings; and one sister, Audrey Scheperley.

Funeral services were conducted 12 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Leasburg, MO, with Pastor Lane Allen as the officiant. Interment followed in Cross Roads Cemetery. 

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan and from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday at Cross Roads Baptist Church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to:  Crossroads Baptist Church, Leasburg, MO.

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan and Bourbon, MO. 

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