Lukas Kai Flanders
Muncie - Keyboard player Lukas Kai Flanders was born in Muncie, IN into the family of Shari Flanders and Jeff Pearson and their daughter Kiara. He attended Burris Laboratory School, but his real education was music. Gifted in many ways, he rode Arabian horses with his grandfather John Flanders and was apprenticed into the art of magic by his grandfather Jerry Pearson.
Kai's most influential and lasting passion was music. Family doctor and fellow musician John Peterson taught Kai to play piano, saying Kai learned like no one else he knew. Kai was a force on the organ and his fingers floated on keys as he played with several bands at venues around Muncie and Indianapolis and on many stages outside Indiana. "Happy" was his favorite personal composition.
Kai was a vibrant, passionate, creative man who touched the lives of hundreds of people as he made friends out of strangers on his short life's journey. A true outdoorsman, Kai loved to fish and he loved to camp and hike, especially with his dog Maggie.
Kai's greatest desire was to be a good father. He is survived by his sons Aaron Anthony Flanders and Lukas Kash Flanders, his love Amanda McClellan and her children Ian and Isabella; parents, Shari Flanders and Jeffrey Pearson, sister Kiara Kuenzler (husband Shawn and daughter Anja Sage); and step-fathers Steve Robert and Jack Burton; grandparents John and Bette Flanders; aunt Kristi Caples (husband Martin); aunt Angela Cruse (husband Greg); aunt Martha New (husband Alan); many cousins and dear friends and mentors in recovery Bruce Perkins and Cory Matters.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Betty Harris Thackrey, uncle Monte Flanders (survived by wife Connie), grandfather Gerald Pearson, grandmother Barbara Pearson, uncle Thomas Pearson, and friends Michael Wedmore and Mick Alexander. He was affected deeply by the passing of each of these people.
Kai was surrounded by a village who loved him. He continues to have a lasting, compassionate, and inspirational influence on others. Kai was a very bright light that will remain always in our hearts.
A public memorial concert for Kai will be held at Canan Commons on Saturday September 16th at 6 pm, featuring local musicians who knew and loved Kai and speakers addressing the disease of addiction and the recovery process.
A scholarship fund has been established to aid those in need of recovery. Checks preferred payable to KAI SCHOLARSHIP, c/o Heartland Spirit Network, 3801 S. C.R. 575 E., Selma, IN 47383 or online at www.heartlandspiritinc.org