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Justin Ricci Lanton

Justin Ricci Lanton

Justin Ricci Lanton, 29 of Sparta, Illinois passed away peacefully at 7:37 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020 at his uncle’s residence in Coulterville, Illinois.

Justin was born on September 28, 1990 in Sparta, IL to Mickey and Marian Lanton nee Rhiney.


Justin was a graduate of Sparta High School.  After high school Justin worked for Sparta Community Hospital and attended Southwestern Illinois College. After completing his studies at SWIC Justin transferred to St. Louis Funeral College and earned his certification in funeral service. Once completing mortuary school Justin changed majors and earned his Bachelor’s degree in business. Justin had previously sold cars for Meyer Honda before opening Lanton Insurance Agency selling Farmers Insurance. Justin also opened and operated Rock Star Gaming Bar and Casino in Steeleville, IL. In 2015 Justin was a candidate and ran for Sparta City Council. Also, he loved to draw and was passionate about art. Justin recently gave away several of his favorite drawings.


Justin was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents, Wayman and Mildred Lanton. Maternal Grandmother, Agnes Rhiney.


Justin is survived by his parents, Mickey Lanton of Sparta, IL and Marian Lanton of Sparta, IL. One sister, Candice (fiancé Reginald) Lanton of Sparta, IL. Nephew, Zachary McGee of Sparta, IL. One uncle, Phillip Lanton of Coulterville. One great aunt, Mildred Lewis of Sparta, IL.  Three aunts, Vera Rhiney of St. Louis, MO, Pearl Beckley of Milwaukee, WI and Carolyn Phillips of Minneapolis, MN . Godson, King Steely. Justin is also survived by many friends.


Justin’s wishes were to donate his body to science in hopes that research may help save the lives of others. Memorials may be given to the family for their wishes.


Due to restrictions that are in place during the coronavirus outbreak a celebration of Justin’s life will be held at a later date. 


Arrangements are entrusted to Heil-Schuessler and Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL 

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  1. Cynthia Buggs says:

    Gone to soon💔We love you and miss you Justin💔We are praying for you family and we look forward to hugging you and celebrating Justin with you someday soon💔

  2. Ruth Simmons says:

    I am sharing in your sadness as you remember Justin. Whenever I saw Justin he was always an unforgettable, friendly and thoughtful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you for peace and comfort.

  3. Stacey Gibson says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Mickey, Marian, Candace, Phillip and the Lanton Family! Justin was an inspiration to many. He was definitely taken way to soon and will be missed by all that knew him! R.I.H. my friend!

  4. Aunt vera says:

    Justin was so blessed to have such a wonderful family. Take comfort in the fact that you did all you could to help him during his sickness. I’m sure he is looking down saying thanks for all you did. I am praying for God’s comfort to each of you. LOVE

  5. Julie Griffin says:

    Praying your joy-filled memories will provide each of you comfort & courage now and in the years to come.

    • Kathy Boston says:

      I remember when Justin was born,he went to School with my daughter.You cant imagine them passing so young.Justin lived many years in his young life…im so sorry for your loss…Prayers

  6. Denise Vuichard says:

    Sympathy to your family. I didn’t have the opportunity to know such a wonderful young man but grew up next door to his father in Coulterville. If he was like his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lanton, he was a wonderful person to have had the opportunity to have known. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  7. Melanie Johnson says:

    So sorry for your loss. My sympathies and prayers to Mickey, Marian and all of Justin’s family. 🙏🏻

  8. Lynn Schmierbach says:

    Watching Justin grow through the years was a pleasure. He sweet, smart and most of all, he was kind. I am praying for comfort for family and friends. He was loved by so many.

  9. Paige Wisely says:

    Praying for Justin’s family during this time. He was a remarkable man and friend. May god lay his hands on his family and friends and help them get through this time. God bless each and every one of you.

  10. Stephanie Stull says:

    I really don’t know what to say. Mickey and Marion, both of you are my friends. To lose a child is more than a loss. It’s your everything. I love you both. Praying for the two of you.

  11. Sharon Hill says:

    He was such a sweet boy my prayers go out to the family

  12. Linda Passini says:

    Justin is a light that will always shine in our hearts..

  13. Wilbur Franklin says:

    Mickey, so sorry for your family’s loss. He was a hard-working young man who never let anything hold him back. Thoughts and prayers with you all

  14. Dee Sauerhage says:

    Prayers for the family🙏🏻Justin will truly be missed ❤️

    • Vicki Green says:

      I am so sorry for your family’s loss.May you find peace in all the wonderful memories .Keeping the family in my prayers and thoughts.Vicki

  15. Laura Gramenz says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!

  16. Linda B. , Quincy, IL says:

    Justin was a Remarkable young man at his age! When he walked into a room, his SMILE lit up the whole place up!! He was an INSPIRATION to us all. Such a brave soul. Justin, you TOUCHED so many lives. Treasured Memories forever! You will be terribly missed by all who knew and Loved you! I will miss you my sweet friend! 💜💙💚💔 R.I.H Justin 🌹🌹🌹

  17. Russell says:

    It was an honor and pleasure to know Justin. A friend to all, and this is a tragic loss to all of us.

  18. Cheryl Teel says:

    So sorry for your loss…🙏🙏🙏🤗🤗🤗 to the family

    • Suzan chamness says:

      I didn’t know Justin.. I grew up with his uncle Philip and Mickey was younger than me in school but I know him and I’m so sorry to all the family members for your loss I’m sure Justin was just as great as you all are
      Susan szostak chamness

  19. Perry Brooks says:

    Prayers for you all, God Bless you during this time of sorrow

  20. Craig & Lisa Hickerson says:

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    R.I.H. Justin


    • Genelle says:

      R.I.P Justin. We love you buddy!!

      • Gina Shockley- Fisher says:

        Marion, Mickey, Candace, I am so sorry for your loss. Justin was a remarkable person, a true reflection of you three. I enjoyed working with Justin at the hospital. I pray that Justin’s family finds peacee and comfort now that Justin rests peacefully in God’s arms.

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