Deacon Stephen Allen Politte - dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend - passed away at his home in Old Mines, Missouri early Thursday morning, December 1, 2022.
Deacon Steve was born on September 28, 1947 in Ironton, Missouri, a son of the late Edwin W. Politte and Mary Catherine (Boyer) Politte. He was a Vietnam Veteran of the U.S. Army, retired welder for Missouri Pacific Railroad, and Deacon of St. Joachim Parish, Old Mines.
A gifted poet and writer, upon retirement, Deacon Steve began a website, Open My Eyes Lord, where he evangelized and ministered to people throughout the world. His battles with anxiety, panic disorder, and depression led him to write reflections, poems, and a book, “And the Walls Came Tumbling Down” in hopes that his story would help others.
Deacon Steve was a friend to everyone and loved in return. He loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals, playing Wordle and euchre, listening to classic country music, FaceTiming with his granddaughters, watching TV with his wife, and drinking Diet Dr. Pepper in his favorite chair.
Despite his many health struggles, he never wavered in his faith in God or his love for his family, community, and country.
He is survived by the love of his life, Joyce (nee Daugherty) Old Mines; his three loving children, Cindy (Chris) Logan, Patrick (Stacey) Politte, and Karen (John-Michael) Politte; and his joy…five granddaughters, Madison Politte-Corn, Ellie Politte-Corn, Zoe Politte, Lucy Politte, and Ava Logan.
He is also survived by siblings, Glen Politte, Russell Politte, Jim (Carolyn) Politte, David (Kathy) Politte, Rick (Marcia) Politte; Mary Ann Pratt, Monica (David) Pratt, Jeannie Brown, brother-in-law, Randy Portell; and sisters-in-laws, Nancy Politte, Valeria Politte, Deanne Politte, and Vickie Politte; and his beloved Daughtery in-laws.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Edwin L. Politte, Thomas (Jerry) Politte, William (Bill) Politte, Dennis Politte, Joe Politte, Catherine (Kitty) Portell, brother-in-law Dale Pratt, sisters-in-law, Carol Politte, Dianne Politte, and Sandy Politte.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joachim Catholic School or St. Vincent DePaul at 10121 Crest Road Cadet, Missouri 63630 or the Knights of Columbus at 16283 N MO-21, Cadet, MO 63630.