SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL
4830 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63129
Phone: 314-894-8444
SOUTH CITY CHAPEL
7027 Gravois Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: 314-352-2600

Meet Our Staff

Photo by Michael Jacob Photography

Full Time Staff

Left to right - Allan Cordes (Funeral Director), John Justice (Maintenance Specialist), Dan Heaman (Manager South County Chapel), Suzanne Hayes (Vice-President), Bryan Benson (Funeral Director), Roger Richie (President and Owner), and Steve Bayer (Chauffeur).

Photo by Michael Jacob Photography

Part Time Staff

Front Row (left to right) Edward Kurmann, Frances Macek, Gail Robins, Christina Collins, Ashley Bailey, Karen Disabato and Nicole O’Bryan
Middle Row (left to right) Matt Reitinger, James Cook, Robert Aronberg, Mary Roam, Nancy Roach, Roger Richie (President and Owner), Sarah Stallings, Betty Lloyd, Margaret Brannon, Wayne Forbes and Gene Guzman
Back Row (left to right) Frank Jorns, Mike Coleman, Tim Butler, Brian Akerson (former owner), Steve Monaco, Don Binz, Al Book, Ron Miller and Jimmy Chase

Biographies

Roger Richie, President / Owner

Roger was born and raised in South St. Louis City near the iconic Bevo Mill landmark, the youngest of three children of the late George and Gladys Richie, a letter carrier and stay at home mom, respectively.

He attended Long and Buder Elementary Schools and was graduated from Cleveland High School—Class of June, 1966. Roger attended SEMO State University and was graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science, Chicago, Il., to become a Missouri licensed funeral director and embalmer in 1971 and the same in Illinois in 1985.

After working at a large south St. Louis funeral home for 10 years, Roger founded a professional embalming and crematory company working 12 years for funeral homes only and then joined John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes in 1994. In 2006 he became President / Owner.

Roger is married to Linda Henry and has three adult daughters and five grandchildren. At home, Linda appreciates Roger doing all the dishes and making a pot of fresh coffee early every morning.

He grew up in the Christy Methodist Church by Bevo Mill and is now an active member of Concord Trinity United Methodist Church in South County. After work, time is filled with church and family activities, reading (especially motivational materials) and watching special television programs. He has been a member of the Mehlville Optimist Club since 1978.

Roger has always been passionate about funeral service, believing every life is important and needs to be honored. At death, family and friends need to gather to remember and celebrate their loved one and create an opportunity to share love, remembrances and life experiences.


Allan L. Cordes, Funeral Director

Allan was born in South St. Louis, near the old Hancock High School, the oldest of two children of Raymond, Sr. and the late Estellemae Cordes. Allan’s family moved from South St. Louis to Concord Village when Allan was in the 3rd grade, and then to Ballwin when Allan was in the 7th grade. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Ellisville, MO, in 1967. He attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy for 2 years, before enlisting in the U. S. Marine Corp. He spent most of his tour of duty at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord, CA, and it was there that he met his wife of 43 years, Beverly.

Allan started his career in funeral service at a Ballwin, MO funeral home. After a few career changes (working as a warehouse manager for a pharmaceutical company, and later as a restaurant manager), Allan returned to funeral service. He was a funeral director for a west county funeral home for 5 years and then joined John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes, where he has worked since July of 1988.

As a young man Allan coached baseball, football and basketball in the Ballwin area for many years. In his early 40’s, Allan took up running. One of his favorite places to run is in Forest Park where he met a lot of great people. Many of these have become his very good friends. Over the course of his running life, Allan has completed seven marathons with the help of those great friends.

Allan also joined a group of bicycle riders, known as Gus’s Gang, who ride as a team each year in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure, an event which raises funds for diabetic research. He rides in memory of his mother and mother-in-law, both of whom suffered from diabetes. For the past 8 years, Allan has participated in the 100-mile ride, where he has been one of the top 5 fund raisers in the St. Louis area.

Allan has been a member of Gravois Kiwanis since 1989 and acted as President from 2007-2008.

Allan hopes the service he provides, as a funeral director, is in some small way a gift that he can give to families during very difficult time in their lives. He seeks to take the very best care of the families that have entrusted their loved ones to John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes.


Suzanne Hayes, Vice-President & Funeral Director

Suzanne’s career in the funeral service industry began 30 years ago when she answered a classified ad for a part-time receptionist position at a South St. Louis City funeral home. She was returning “home” to St. Louis after living in Omaha, NE and Ann Arbor, MI. As a young mom with a five-year-old daughter starting kindergarten, she was re-entering the work force and thus her new career started. Suzanne has been a licensed funeral director since 1992 and a licensed Pre-need Agent Funeral Director since 2009.

On July 15, 2002, she joined the staff of John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes. She feels privileged to be working with a dedicated group of co-workers as they help families remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. Her co-workers are like extended family to Suzanne. In 2013, she was proud to accept the position of Vice-President. In addition to funeral directing, her duties now include management, bookkeeping and finances.

Suzanne owes everything to her parents, the late Tom and Helen Hayes. Her Dad retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad after 40 years of service and her Mom had the hardest job of all. She was a stay-at-home Mom raising four kids. Suzanne graduated from St. Catherine of Alexandria Grade School in Bellefontaine Neighbors and Riverview Gardens High School—Go Rams! She is a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish, located in South St. Louis. When Suzanne is not busy at work, she enjoys going to estate sales on the weekends, home improvement projects, traveling, working in the yard, watching movies and learning the German language.


Daniel Heaman, So. County Chapel Manager & Funeral Director

Dan was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, growing up in Affton and attending St. Timothy Catholic School and was graduated from St. John Vianney High School. Much to his parents’ chagrin, he attended Western State College of Colorado which he chose specifically for two reasons, the first being that they offered him a scholarship and the second being that it was almost 1000 miles away from home (to discourage parental visits).

After studying journalism and criminal justice, and having absolutely no desire to pursue either as a career, Dan took an opportunity to work at a St. Louis funeral home to learn about funeral service as a vocation. 20+ years later, he is grateful for that decision because funeral service has allowed him to be of service to others in need at a very troubled time.

Dan joined the staff of John L. Ziegenhein & Sons in November of 2012 as a funeral director and accepted the position of South County Manager in early 2016.

He has two teenage children to whom he lovingly attributes his frequent laughter and his rapidly graying hair.

Dan likes to think of himself as a wildly successful unpaid writer, while devoting considerable time to worthy efforts such as avoiding exercise, cleaning up after his children and tinkering with his automobiles that are abundant in character and uniquely devoid of any real monetary value.


Bryan Benson, Funeral Director

Bryan is a native of south Saint Louis, where he attended Holy Cross Lutheran Grade School and Lutheran High School South. He holds an Associate Degree (AAS) in Funeral Service Education from St. Louis Community College.

He is a lifelong collector of many things (especially vinyl records, videos, books, comics, and taxidermy) who indulges in watching a copious amount of films from around the globe and is currently enjoying Japanese language classes. Bryan has a quick smile and exhibits a great sense of humor.

He lives in the City of St. Louis with his wife, Amanda, his Malamute dog, Eva, and his two Guinea Pigs. Amanda is a school teacher at EAGLE College Preparatory Schools. Bryan has been serving the St. Louis community with humility and kindness since first entering the funeral service profession at John L. Ziegenhein & Sons in November, 1999.


John Justice, Maintenance Specialist

John was born and raised in South St. Louis City in the historic Soulard Neighborhood, the forth of nine children, to the late Lawrence and Wanda Justice, who both worked as laborers.

He attended Humbolt and Lafayette Elementary Schools and McKinley High School. After working as a maintenance specialist for a north county funeral home for eighteen plus years, John joined John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes in 2001.

He enjoys family time, playing games, television and fishing. He is married to Tina (Barton) Justice and has one adult daughter.

John, better known to his friends as “JJ,” loves people and enjoys helping them through difficult times by his service in the funeral business.


Steve Bayer, Chauffeur

Steve was born and raised in south St. Louis near Carondelet Park. He was the youngest of three boys born to Don and Mary Bayer. Steve attended Windsor and Long Elementary Schools and was graduated from the Gateway Christian High School, all of which are in St. Louis City.

In August, 1998 he married his wife Debbie. Debbie is a school teacher in the Oakville community. They now have three children and a Yorkshire Terrier named Milo.

Steve's passion is to love and serve people. He is grateful to be able to help in their time of need by serving in the funeral business.

In addition to working at John L. Ziegenhein, Steve serves as the lead pastor at Servant United Church which meets at Keller 8 Cinema in South County on Sunday mornings. He has found great fulfillment in this mission that God has led him to.

In his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, specifically the guitar, and watching many different sporting activities. He especially enjoys watching his three children who are very active in athletics and extracurricular activities. He also enjoys quiet time away with his family on vacation as well as time reading and reflecting on the Bible.


Two Beautiful Chapels in St. Louis, to serve you...

SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL
jlzsc@att.net
4830 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63129
Phone: 314-894-8444
SOUTH CITY CHAPEL
johnlz@sbcglobal.net
7027 Gravois Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63116
Phone: 314-352-2600

Our full-time staff of licensed professionals:

  • Roger Richie, President/Owner
  • Suzanne Hayes, Vice-President
  • Allan Cordes
  • Dan Heaman, South County Manager
  • Bryan Benson
  • Steve Bayer

Assisting licensed funeral directors:

  • Brian Akerson, Consultant
  • Don Binz, Retired
  • Frank Heckler
  • Barb 'B.J' Henerfauth
  • Edward Kurmann
  • Gene Guzman
  • Steve Monaco
  • Christina Collins

We are members of the following organizations:

  • National Funeral Directors Association
  • Missouri Funeral Directors & Embalmers Association
  • Illinois Funeral Directors Association (Roger Richie)
  • International Order of the Golden Rule
  • Affton Chamber of Commerce (Roger Richie, Frank Heckler)
  • Lemay Chamber of Commerce (Roger Richie, Frank Heckler)
  • South County Chamber of Commerce (Roger Richie)
  • Gravois Business Association
  • Kiwanis of Gravois (Allan Cordes-Past President)
  • Kiwanis of South County (Edward Kurmann-Past President)
  • Mehlville Optimist Club (Roger Richie)
  • Southside Lions (Don Binz)

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