Shannon Van Lanker-Chouteau

Shannon  Marie Van Lanker-Chouteau, 24, Raytown, Missouri passed away September 25, 2013 in Independence, Missouri from a gunshot to the heart.  Funeral services will be held 7:00 PM, Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri.  A visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 PM, prior to the funeral.  Graveside services will be held 10AM, Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to; Micki Van Lanker-Hammons, 5248 Woodson Road, Raytown, Missouri 64133.

Shannon was born August 12, 1989 in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was a very kindred spirit.  Shannon had the personality that when she walked into a room, sunshine followed her.  There was no doubt about it, her shining smile lit up all around.  Shannon was loved by all and she enjoyed family and friends.

Survivors include; mother, Micki Van Lanker; father, Bob Chouteau; step mother, Jody Chouteau; grandparents, Jerry and Judy Van Lanker, Nelva & Larry Musil; grandmother, Marcia Stromberg; sisters, Stefani Montavy, Marrisa Neisel, Nicki Chouteau, Crystal Chouteau and Nicole Paris; brothers, Shain Hammons, Shawn Hammons, Nick Paris, Andy Chouteau, Bobby Chouteau and Damian Chouteau.  (arrangements: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677)


  1. Sharon Casteel on September 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The world is a little more dim with the loss of such a bright light. Rest in peace Shannon. Peace, comfort and support to family and friends.

  2. Becky Willeford on September 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Words can’t express the depth of my sorrow. You know I understand. I am here for you in any way you need me. My love to you and yours, Becky

  3. Amanda Foster on September 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    RIP My Beautiful friend…God has a new angel. You are missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends…

  4. Mary Harves & Jerry Grady on September 29, 2013 at 8:26 am

    We are so sorry Shannon left this world to soon, she was a very special young lady, she was sunshine. She will be missed so terribly by so many. We loved her and are so thankful to have had her in our lives. “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

  5. Amanda Herdman on September 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

    You are walking with the Lord now Shannon. We will miss you but we will always celebrate your life!! RIP

  6. Vinny Vinyardi on September 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Jerry and Judy and Family:
    Suzee and I are so sorry for your loss! May all of your hearts be less burdened knowing Shannon is with the Lord in Heaven!
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you,
    Vinny and Suzee

  7. Jackie Goodrich on September 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    My Thoughts, Prayers and condolences to to my dearest friend Micki! I love you.
    Shannon Marie’s family, to our kids that have grown up together and have continued to be Close and best friends. This is an unbelievable loss, and my heart goes out to all of us during this sad and difficult time. I pray for some comfort and peace to all in knowing our precious, Beautiful Young women is in a better place.
    In Loving Memory…..Jacks

  8. Joan Bland on September 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Dear family of special Shannon, Please know we’re praying for each of you at this difficult time. It was a pleasure sitting beside and sharing with Shannon during Christian’s recent birthday party. May each of you, her loving family, be comforted with Shannon’s special memories and legacy of love for each of you. God bless you with the Lord’s peace and strength. “Don’t weep because she’s gone…..Smile because she was here.” Sincerely, Joan Bland

  9. Larry & Velva Musil & Great Grandma Irene on September 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    We are so saddened of the loss of our beautiful granddaughter and her smile lit up the room. She was so precious to all of us. The Lord has his arms wrapped around her and she is at peace. God Bless Shannon and everyone that knew her. We will always love and remember her. God needed another angel.

  10. Glenda Rorabough on September 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I will miss you so dearly. You were a wonderful and beautiful person. Loved life, expressed it in many ways. You will always be in my heart and thoughts.. There is a reason for this we just don’t know it yet. Love you baby girl. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  11. Bayley on September 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I miss you Shay. You helped me through some of the roughest periods of my life (but it was fun!) and I will never forget that. I will miss you eating pork chops in my kitchen after work, and goofing off with the kids :’-( You had a heart of gold and would give anyone anything for any reason.

  12. Debbie Potter on September 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss my prayers and my heart goes out to your family and you

  13. Rashi Johnson-Edmond on October 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Dear family please know that this sweet girl will be missed by her school friends and love ones. From the Psych Dept, please feel our deepest sympathies.

    She was an awesome UMKC ROO!

  14. Cusumano Joe & Vicki on October 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    My husband knew Shannon from RHS & I had the pleasure of meeting her while she worked at Big Boy. We both immediatley noticed what a kind young person she was and that smile was infectious. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

  15. ryan walter on October 10, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I feel like it was just yesterday that we were talking and I was talking to some friends who just told me the news I don’t know any details but I did know you just enough to say I’m gonna miss you! Just because you are gone from the earth and sit with many of friends and family I want you to let us know ur still with us by shining light on us when it feels dark the cool summer breeze when we are hot watch over us through the night as every day I will think of u every day ill pray for you ill keep your family in my prayers Shannon you are going to be missed but never forgotten.

  16. Marie on October 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Today was our groups day to present in Psych class and I noticed we were missing two people and you were one of them. It’s after class today that I learned of your passing. Now my heart’s saddened and it hit me how quick things can happen. Today you have made me appreciate life much more than I ever have. God’s got his arms wrapped around you baby girl. I didn’t know you personally but from the day that we were organizing some things for our group presentation you seemed like a beautiful individual. Condolences to Shannon’s family. So sorry for your loss.

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