John Evan Shasteen


    John Evan Shasteen of St. James, Missouri was born on March 10, 1957 in Peroria, Illinois to Cecil and Carol Myrtle Shasteen and passed away on March 2, 2020 at the age of 62 years.


    He was born with Danny Walker Syndrome. He was a gentle person who loved everyone. Most of his friends in his later life were the people of the St. James Living Center where he loved to play bingo. Sometime Johnny would even help the caller announce the numbers. Johnny had many struggles in his life but he always tried to make the best of it.  
    One of his greatest love was for his sister Beverly Riley, who he adored. He had a large portrait of Elvis above his bed to let visitors know he cared for Elvis.
    Next on his list of favorites included his love for Big Bird and Teletubbies. Not only did TV characters bring him comfort but he also loved the St. Louis Cardinals and the Football Giants and he could get pretty loud showing his appreciation for them. Most importantly Johnny in his own way knew Jesus and was never afraid of death and knew he would go home with him someday.
    He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Myrtle Shasteen; brothers, David Shasteen on December 27, 2019 and Darrell Shasteen on July 30, 2017; and niece, Bonnie Riley on April 7, 2012.
    He is survived by his father, Cecil Shasteen of Illinois; sister, Beverly Ann Riley and husband Donald of Rolla, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Sheila Bates, Andres Riley, Chip Riley, Keith Shasteen and Gene Riley; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Ty Kalize of the Rolla Church of Christ officiating.
    John’s favorite Elvis recordings were played for the service.
    Burial of the ashes will be in Illinois at a family cemetery.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.