June 14, 1928 - October 29, 2016
John E. “Gene” Short, 88, Fairbury and formerly of Forrest, died at 11:55 am Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, November 3, 2016 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Fairbury with Fr. Scott Archer officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Twp. Cemetery, Forrest.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury with a rosary to be recited at 3:45 pm. The family suggests memorials be given to St. Andrew Catholic Church or Fairview Haven Retirement Community both in Fairbury.
Mr. Short was born June 14, 1928 in Streator, IL the son of James Homer and Gertrude Alice Keating Short. He married Phyllis Elsie Shambrook on June 24, 1950 in Fairbury. She preceded him in death on January 27, 2005.
Survivors include his children, Mark (Barbara) Short, Thomasboro, Lynn Short, Forrest, Pat (Ken) Marxmiller, Mahomet, Brian (Joellen) Short, Forrest, Lori (Ramiro) Moreno, Santa Ana, Ca, Amy (Paul) Honegger, Forrest., thirteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one brother, Edward Carl Short, Hoffman Lake, IN.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, George and Donald Short and one sister, Dorothy Kritser.
Mr. Short was a graduate of Forrest High School, and Brown’s Business College majoring in accounting and business. He worked as an accountant and office manager at Trainor Grain for 45 years.
Mr. Short was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Fairbury and was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling and was an avid sports fan who attended many Notre Dame and University of Illinois football games.