July 11, 2013

(2/26/1973 - 6/30/2103)

Chris "Hoozie" Shawn Van Hoozen, 40, of Memphis, MO rode home to be with family, friends, and his Lord on June 30, 2013. The son of Jackie Ralph Van Hoozen Jr. and Beverly Marie (Hicks) Van Hoozen, he was born on February 26, 1973 in Modesto, California.

Hoozie was a 1993 graduate of Scotland County R-I High School. This is where he made many lifetime friends and also where he met and later married Michelle Campbell. To this union two children were born, Kaitlin Marie Van Hoozen and Mason Robert Van Hoozen.

Hoozie met and fell in love with Cynthia Mae Goodell. On September 30, 2006 Chris and Cindy "got hitched" and in this union he welcomed Cindy's children, Kody John Parkins and Kaleb Scott Parkins, with open arms.

In November 2002 Chris attended the National Police Institute in Warrensburg, Missouri and then proudly served as a member of the Memphis Police Department (2004-2009). Chris pursued other careers before serving as a substitute bus driver for Scotland County and opening his own business, Hoozie's Sales and Service.

Chris enjoyed demo derbies, race cars, coaching baseball, football, soccer, watching the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, spending time with family, friends, and riding his motorcycle. Chris was an exceptional friend and he had an amazing ability to make you laugh. He will forever be embedded in the hearts and minds of all that loved him.

He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Chris is survived by his mother and step-father, Beverly and Richard Billings of Gorin, MO; a daughter and son Kaitlin and Mason Van Hoozen of the home; stepsons, Kody and Kaleb Parkins of the home; sisters, Jennifer (Troy) Esser and Shawna Stone and friend Darwin (Bubba) Hauk of Memphis, MO; stepbrother, Leslie Billings and family of Kahoka; stepsisters, Lesia Hunziker and family of Kahoka, and Kimberly Carr and family of Warsaw, IL; nieces and nephews, Nichole (Jimmy) Wright, Whitney and fiance, Justin Ulmer, Heather (David) Borgstadt, Crissa Esser, Nakiya Allen all of Sedalia, MO, Caleb Smith of Indiana, John and Tait Morris of Iowa; Emma and Grace Morris and Phillip Esser of Memphis, MO. Kenny and Jaycen Bair of Memphis, MO; 10 great-nieces and nephews and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and one very special friend, Hank the dog.

Memorials are suggested to the Children's Education Fund and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri.

Joint funeral services were held at the Scotland County R-1 High School gym Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Etna Cemetery southeast of Arbela with his fellow biker friends leading the procession.

Cindy and Chris died while they were taking a motorcycle ride with their friends Sunday afternoon, June 30, 2013, in Miller County, Missouri down by the Lake of the Ozarks.

Pallbearers were Joe Hicks, T.J. Hicks, Randy Hicks, Joe Goodell, Scott Goodell, Kevin Kraus, Jamie Kice, Mike Frederick, Shawn Douglas, Brian Chance, Lucas Remley, Jason Middleton, Andy Middleton, Kevin Holton, Steve Anderson, Randall Aldridge, James Larimore and Jamie Robinson.

Honorary Pallbearers were Jenny Aldridge, Jennifer Holton, Suzie Eddington, Mark Baumgarden and their dogs Hank & Titan.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Online condolences may be sent to the family % of Payne Funeral Chapel by logging on to their website at. www.paynefuneralchapel.com and signing the guest book.

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