Richard Short

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Short, Richard Allen Richard Allen Short, Husband, Father, Friend, Veteran. Born 8 December 1926 to father Charles Spurgeon Short and mother, Helen Myers Short in Oklahoma City, OK; died on 26 January 2014 due to complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder [COPD] at home in Irving, TX, aged eighty-seven [87] years, forty-nine [49] days.Pre-deceased by: his wife, Lois Rhodes Short, his father, Charles Spurgeon Short, his mother Helen Myers Short; two nephews, Huntington Wolcott Rhodes and Christopher Lee Rhodes IV; and grandson Kenneth Edward Rawlins. Survived by: his son, Charles Grant Short and wife, Patricia Faye Short of Collierville, TN; his daughter, Melissa Short Reeves of Irving, TX; his brother-in-law, Christopher Lee Rhodes III and wife Judith Peirsol Rhodes of Tulsa, OK; Granddaughters Rachel Brynnen Short of Frisco, TX; Jessica Ruth Short of Coppell, TX; Rebecca Christine Reeves of New Orleans, LA; Molly Kathleen Reeves of Fort Smith,AR; and Michelle Faye Brown and husband Wesley Adam Brown of Irving,TX; and a significant extended family. Mr. Short grew up in Newkirk, OK. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps at the age of 17 [after securing the approval of his father] to serve in the Second World War, and was posted in the Pacific. After the conclusion of the war and his pre-separation service in the Philippine Islands, he returned to the United States and attended Tulsa University, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Air Force ROTC unit, graduating in 1952. At Tulsa, he met and courted Lois Ann Rhodes, the love of his life, marrying her on 21 December 1951. They honeymooned in Joplin, Missouri [the honeymoon capital of the world. Shortly after they were married, he was again posted in the Pacific for the duration of the Korean War, where he served as a pilot. Upon his return from Korea, he and Lois were posted in succession to Air Force bases in Houston and Lubbock. He left the Air Force in 1956, taking a sales engineering position with Horner Boxes, Inc., from the fourth successor of which he retired in 1989. He moved his family to Irving in 1957, where he and Lois remained until death. He and his family were faithful members of Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, where he served as the chair of many committees of the Administrative Board, and most especially, as a long-term member and bass section leader of the Chancel Choir. A thespian at heart, Mr. Short was a member until he died of the Irving Community Theater [ICT] Troupe, having performed the lead role of the first-ever ICT presentation, "Visit to a Small Planet," in 1968. During this extended association, he crewed, acted-in and produced many ICT projects. A celebration of his life shall be performed on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Organ Fund at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, Irving, TX.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 3, 2014
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