Richard Harvey Short, 81, of Royalton, Illinois passed away at 12:20 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home with his loving family at his side.
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Harvey was born November 4, 1932 in Thomaston, Georgia to Ernest Harvey and Martha Louise (Coggin) Short.
He married Helen Dorothy Baltrusis December 1, 1956 in Royalton. She survives in Royalton.
Other survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Jenny Short of Tunnel Hill; David and Lisa Short of Royalton; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mark Ochenski of St. Louis, MO; eight grandchildren, Amber (Jeff) Rivers of Alto Pass, Krystal (Kranston) Kincaid of Kyle, TX, Stephanie Short and fiancé, Jacob Bushno of Carbondale; Samantha Short of Carbondale; Eric Drewett of St. Louis and Shaw Ochenski of St. Louis, MO; Nicole Short and Connor Short of Royalton; two great grandsons, Cameron Jones and Zeriah Kincaid of Kyle, TX; a brother-in-law, Bart Baltrusis of Royalton and several nieces and nephews.
His parents preceded him in death.
Mr. Short joined the United States Navy in 1950, served five years until his discharge in 1955. He was stationed on the USS Princeton during the Korean Conflict and received the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star. He worked in the Engineering Department at SIU and finished his career alongside his son, Stephen, as a Project Manager of Southern Illinois Piping Contractors in Carbondale in 1995. He enjoyed working in his yard planting roses; bird hunting and attending his grandchildren's games and he loved family social events.
Funeral services for Mr. Short will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Vantrease Funeral Home in Royalton with Sister Laura Reynolds officiating. Burial with military honors courtesy of the Zeigler and Orient American Legions, the West Frankfort VFW and the Scott Air Force Base Navy Flag Detail at the St. Aloysius-Sacred Heart Cemetery east of Royalton. Visiting hours are from 5 to 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home and after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday until the hour of the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Short are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., St. Aloysius-Sacred Heart Church or
. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers during Harvey's illness. Visit www.vantreasefuneralhome.com for more information and to sign the online register book.
Vantrease Funeral Home
112 S Meadow St Royalton, IL 62983
Published in Daily American News from July 28 to July 29, 2014