Stephen Reller

Steve Reller, 62, of Columbia, passed away on October 27, 2016 at Boone Hospital.

Stephen Robert Reller was born on 9/22/54, in St. Louis, Missouri. Steve loved sports, especially baseball. He began his career working for the Columbia Tribune as a sports editor. After, he worked for the Missouri State High School Activities Association, while spending 25 years as the official scorekeeper of Missouri Tiger Basketball. He also enjoyed photography and owned his own sports photography business before working for Lifetouch. His true passion was at BC Baseball, where he was the executive director for many years.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, and their two sons, Scott and Todd, to whom he passed on his love of baseball. He was very proud of their accomplishments as college baseball coaches: Scott is coaching in Hutchinson, KS, and Todd is in Pratt, KS, with his wife, Beth. He is also survived by his three brothers, Joe (Jackie) Reller of Dardenne, MO, Ted (Tammy) Reller of Old Monroe, MO, and Jon Reller of O’Fallon, MO as well as his sister-in-law, Linda Reller, of O’Fallon. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Helen Reller, brother, Jim Reller, sister-in-law Cindy Reller, as well as his father-in-law, Bob Hirtz.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 903 Bernadette Dr., Columbia, MO 65203. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, November 4, 2016 at the church. A luncheon will follow. Family and friends are also welcome to attend the burial and prayer service, on Saturday at 1:00 pm at St Charles Memorial Gardens in St. Charles, MO.

Memorials can be sent to BC Baseball in care of the Steve Reller Fields Project, 351 N. Purdy Ln., Columbia, MO 65201. There has also been a tribute set up with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Steve’s name. Please go to to make a donation.


  1. Kevin & Julie Crow on October 29, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Kathy, Scott and Todd,
    We are so, so sad to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a good man and we will feel his passing deeply. We will always treasure the summers we traveled together. Go with God Steve, you will be missed.

  2. Tim and Barb Schwane on October 30, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Kathy and Family,
    Tim and I are so sorry for your loss. While Tim and Steve were related, I first met Steve while lifeguarding at Civic Pool. He was always fun to be with and could make everyone laugh. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Nancy Schulte Warren on October 30, 2016 at 11:14 am

    My sympathy to the Reller Family, childhood friends, loved our neighborhood. Smile when I think
    of you, Steve , Jim, Joe, Ted and Jon??

  4. Mary Jo (Wehmeier) Crangle on October 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Kathy, I’m so sorry for your great loss. Know that many will think of Steve and always with a warm smile as that’s what he shared from first grade through high school with anyone he crossed paths with.

    Prayers for you and your family.

  5. Derlene and Steve Hirtz on October 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Dear Kathy,
    We are so saddened by Steve’s passing. Please know you and the boys are in our every prayer. It is my prayer you find comfort in the many memories you hold within your heart.

  6. Kurt lahnar on October 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    From all of youth baseball he will be greatly missed

  7. Brenda Kern on October 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    So sad to hear this about Steve. Prayers for the family.

  8. Cindy (Boyer) Stone on October 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Kathy, Scott and Todd,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I am thinking of you.

  9. Dawn DuBois Stovall on October 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Condolences and prayers for Steve’s entire family ?…

  10. Randy Minchew on October 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    The Minchew family is sorry for the Reller family loss. We pray for you guys during the time of grief

  11. Sonny and Kathy Wellborn on October 30, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Dear Kathy, Scott and Todd,
    Sonny and I, as well as our children, are so very sorry to hear about Steve. Much Love to all of you.

  12. Susie Mysiewicz on October 30, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Scott and Todd, I was very saddened by the passing of your father. I so admire your love of the Lord Scott. I really miss you so much. May God give you peace at this difficult time.

  13. Mark Jones on October 30, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Kathy, Scott, and Todd,
    I’m so sorry and saddened to hear about Steve. He made competitive baseball in Columbia and we will miss him. My prayers are for each of you.

  14. Bonnie and Don Hessling on October 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Kathy and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss and hope that God’s love and that of family and friends comfort you.

  15. Tim & Sheila Kunzweiler on October 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    So sorry for this loss of husband, father and brother. Our prayers go with you. May the family’s faith and love help you each to carry one another forward. I’m believing Steve gave me my first ever ride in a convertible (Mustang)!

  16. Barbara Diebold Ahlheit on October 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Kathy and family,
    Hugs to all of you! I can’t help but smile when I remember the fun times on Christmas Eve with you all. Steve was always with a smile and such a cut up!!
    I will treasure those memories as I know you all will! My God give you comfort knowing we will be with Steve again.

  17. Robert Gaught on October 30, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    To the Reller Family,
    I had the opportunity to work with Steve at BC Baseball when we resided in Columbia. I live in Nashville now but we stayed in touch and he was a great friend, we shared a true love of baseball. Many conversations about the boys and their baseball days. We send our prayers, he will be missed.

  18. JOEY RICH, St. James, MO on October 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I remember Steve mostly for the years of top notch men’s slow pitch teams in the 80’s. I was running softball in Springfield, MO and Steve coached one of the top teams in the state. At the Ewing Memorial tournament, we would talk softball for hours. He was a class act and very knowledgeable. I spoke with him several times at MU basketball games. The sports world will miss this special man. I am honored to have known him.

  19. The Lewis Family on October 30, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Kathy, Scott, and Todd,

    We are so saddened by the loss of Steve. You all have our deepest condolences and you are in our prayers.

  20. Sharon Moore(Gibbs) formerly on October 31, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I knew Steve many years ago.He was a great guy! Sorry for your loss.

  21. Mike Griggs, Columbia Parks & Recreation Dept on October 31, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Kathy, Scott and Todd,

    All of us at the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department are so sorry for your loss. I first met Steve in the early 1980’s as he managed some of the best slow-pitch softball teams in the state. Then I saw him transform from the typical “slow-pitch coach” to an excellent manager and coach of youth baseball teams. As my kids got into the competitive baseball scene, we played at BC Baseball where Steve managed some of the best competitive leagues and tournaments in the area.

    All through our friendship, I enjoyed spending time with Steve as we would spin stories about disgruntled coaches, poor sports parents, and umpires who left their glasses at home. However, what he really enjoyed was talking about his family. You all should feel good about your place in his heart.

    He will be sorely missed as a leader of amateur sports and a friend of our department.

    Mike Griggs, Director
    Columbia Parks & Recreation Department

  22. Mike Monahan on October 31, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Kathy, Scott, Todd and Beth:
    It is almost impossible to state the sorrow that Shirley and I feel at the passing of Steve (“Reller”, as I always called him).
    From Parkville in 2002 to Columbia in 2016, we never stopped talking to each other. Not once in 14 years did I ever get off the phone with him and not feel better, no matter what we were talking about : from the Sluggers, high school baseball, kids, MIZZOU, trying to not spend money in Kansas, the Cardinals, the Royals, Hutch baseball, Pratt baseball, Central Missouri baseball, Dartmouth baseball, BC baseball ( the complex), family, coaching, people, careers, to BASEBALL.
    Many a question was asked and many a question was answered. It always seemed to be the right question we would ask each other and always seemed the right answer we would give each other. I will truly miss these calls and my friend, who always made me feel better.
    Rest In Peace my friend (Reller), and my God now welcome you and watch over your family.

  23. Steve Martin on October 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    To all the Reller family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve worked with Steve for years through BC Baseball. He will be missed by myself and so many.

  24. Ted Cassoutt on November 1, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Kathy, Scott, Todd, and Beth,
    Steve was a great friend growing up in O’Fallon. Although we didn’t talk or see much of each other in the past few years I always knew if I needed to I could talk to Steve and have a few laughs. We had some great times playing baseball, football and especially whiffle ball together. I am so sorry for your loss, it is also a loss for all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  25. Doug Frevert on November 2, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Kathy, Scott and Todd

    It’s with great sadness that we leaned of Steve’s passing. We spent many many days and nights traveling the midwest and beyond playing travel ball together. I can still hear his booming voice telling the boys to ” pick em and bag em” at the end of practice. From the infamous “staff meetings” late at night to the times when I would sneak a tournament schedule from Steve when Scott was playing Sluggers and Matt was playing Prospects ( we were not privy to one on the “other side”) , there were countless nights at the ball field discussing baseball, family and life. Rest assured, Steve made a huge impact on youth baseball in central Missouri that will live on for ages.

    May God bring you peace and comfort in the coming days and months.

    Doug, Maribeth, Matt and Kristin Frevert

  26. Marcia Landwehr on November 2, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Kathy, there are no words. Our deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort for all of you from Bob and I.
    Love, Marcia

  27. Joe Schaefer on November 3, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Prayers and Sympathy to the entire Reller Family.

    Joe Schaefer
    Former Wrestling Coach at Helias
    PAL baseball Coach

  28. Don & Virginia Earney on November 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Kathy & family,
    Our prayers & Sympathy to you and the the entire Reller family.
    Don & Virginia Earney

  29. Genny Shea Hallemeier on November 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Kathy we are all saddened by Steve’s passing. We are keeping you & your family in our prayers. May you find peace and strength with the amazing life that he led. He always had a smile, story & a laugh for everyone. His smile & laugh were contagious! We always loved being in his company! God be with you & your sons.

  30. Greg and Barb Wren on November 4, 2016 at 9:10 pm


    We were so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and the boys. Super Bowl Sundays will never be the same.

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