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Alan “Joe” Olendorff

Alan Joseph Olendorff, devoted husband and father of three children, passed away on August 7, 2019, at the age of 62. Alan, formally known as Joe by beloved family and friends, was born on August 4, 1957, in St. Peters, Missouri. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Ruth Olendorff. 

After high school, Joe completed a carpentry program through the Union and worked at various places, including Washington University, where he met his wife of 20 years. Joe is survived by his wife, Ann Olendorff and three children, Jake Olendorff (37) and wife Ashley, Kayla Haynes (30) and husband Aaron, and Alex Olendorff (19). Joe is also survived by his brother Terry Olendorff and wife Tammy, his brother Steve Olendorff and wife Mary, his sister Donna Hirtz and husband Gordon, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Ava Olendorff (4), Olivia Haynes (3), and Owen Haynes (1). 

Joe will be cremated after a final private family viewing. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00-5:00 pm at St. Louis Cremation, located at 2135 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Flowers may be sent to the St. Louis Cremation Center (2135 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103) or donations may be made to the National Resources Defense Council, in memory of Joe Olendorff. Joe always believed the world’s children should inherit a planet that will sustain them as it has sustained us. NRDC works to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water and the wild, and to prevent special interests from undermining public interests. Donations can be made here.



  1. Karen O'Malley on August 9, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Ann and Family

    My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of loss and grief. It was so clear that Joe had the kindest heart and loved you all dearly. He will always be missed. Please know you are in my thoughts and heart through this difficult time.

  2. Ron Martin on August 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm


    I’m so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times we had in college like crossing the bridges back and forth to Columbia.

  3. Debbie & Carlos on August 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Ann, you are in our hearts and minds during this difficult time. Carlos and I were remembering the water heater incident just the other day and wondering what it might be next time! We’ll certainly miss spending time with the 2 of you. But know we’re here for you for anything you might need.

  4. Jane Phillips-Conroy on August 10, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Ann: Glenn and I send you our love and condolences. You are very much in our thoughts.

  5. Mary and Erich Balliette on August 10, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Ann and entire family, we are sadden by the loss of Joe. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Mary and Erich Balliette ✝✝✝

  6. Joe and Kaye Sansoni on August 12, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of the family. We will always have the memories of meeting at the South East conference room (Magee’s) back in the day when we were all young and invincible. We will remember Joe as a very caring man with a wonderful sense of humor, he will be missed by all.

  7. Steve Modde & Ray Sousa on August 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Ann and family,
    A few days ago, we shook Joe’s hand and talked to him at Owen’s birthday party. What a shocker to hear the news of his passing. I know you and the family are deeply sorrowed. May your Faith keep you strong and may you be strengthend with many happy memories. Sorrow and recovery is normal and takes time to heal and move onward. His Spirit, as well as God’s Spirit, is with you all.
    Steve and Ray

  8. Reggie Meyer (FMD payroll) on August 13, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Joe will be missed, he was a big part of Facilities Family at WU.
    You guys have not changed much in looking at the pictures.
    It is a shock, but always remember the good times.

  9. Sherry Scott on August 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Ann and family,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. We’ll always remember how he seemed to love cutting the grass on his riding-mower. Also how he’d help Alex decorate the outside of the house for Halloween. Always friendly.
    Your neighbors, Sherry and Rick

  10. Melvin McBride on August 26, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I met Joe in high school he was a good friend I talked two him a time or two over the years . my heart sank when I heard the news Rest in peace Joe.

  11. Rich Slusser on April 22, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Sorry to hear of Joes passing so late …..always liked working with him at wash U Med School…….Prayers to the Family..
    Rich Slusser …..former Electrician at Med School

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