James Edmund Short of Bozeman passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, following an extended illness. Born Sept. 10, 1934, in Lewistown, Mont., to Lafayette and Opal (Olinger) Short, Jim was the youngest of nine children. Raised in Lewistown, he graduated from Fergus County High School in 1953. After graduation, Jim entered the military following in the footsteps of his four older brothers who had served in World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1956, following the end of the Korean War.
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After serving his country, Jim returned to Lewistown where he married Marlene Hodik at St. Leo's Catholic Church on June 7, 1958. The couple then moved to Missoula, Mont., where Jim attended college and went to work as a fireman for the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1965 the family moved to Helena where he began a brief career with Mountain Bell, a job that eventually brought them to Bozeman. In 1971, Jim returned to his passion of railroading working for the BNSF, Amtrak, and Montana Rail Link as a locomotive engineer until retirement in 1997.
Jim's interests were many, including fine food, cooking, wine, gardening, and his beloved schnauzers, Max, Fritz, and Hans. For those who knew him he will be remembered for his art of conversation and his generosity as a neighbor and a friend. Jim dearly loved all of his children and grandchildren with whom he enjoyed a hand of cards and a game of cribbage.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marlene; his four children, Carole (Larry) Hain of Richmond, Texas, Nancy (Al) VanNoy of Portland, Ore., Karen (John) Barton of Bozeman, and Gregory (Erin) Short of San Francisco, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Andrea, and Matthew Hain, Ryan and Sydney VanNoy, Zach and Eli Barton, and Riley and Conner Short. Also surviving are sisters, Francis Toomey and Pat Brown of Lewistown, and one brother, Don Short, of California. His parents; three brothers, Robert, Bill and Stan; his sister Phyllis Krings, and an infant sister preceded him in death.
A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Parish at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. The family will welcome friends at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Military graveside service and burial will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 12 p.m. at the Lewistown City Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Gallatin Rest Home, Dr. Mike Spinelli and staff, Frontier Home Health Care, and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for their support and kindness to Jim and his family.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2012