Herbert "Herb" Short
Herbert Eugene Short, 87 of Springfield passed away on October 26, 2012 at Concordia Care Center in Springfield. He was born September 5, 1925 near Wapella, Illinois, the son of Earl N. and Opha Catterlin Short. He married Cara Von Drake in 1956 in Lincoln, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Gerald Lund of Cedar Falls, Iowa.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cara Short, three sons: Mark Short of Springfield, Matthew Short (wife Becky) of Springfield and Jonathon Short of St. Louis, Missouri, 2 grandchildren Jeffrey Short of Springfield and Emily (husband Will) Thady of Manchester, Illinois, and 2 sisters: Mary Allen (husband Ralph) of Delevan, Illinois and Helen Lund of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Short graduated from Wapella Community High School in 1943. He immediately joined the United States Navy to serve during World War II. He served in the Medical Corps with the 4th Marine Regiment, Sixth Marine Division, in the invasion of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. He received the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation and the 6th Marine Division Okinawa Action Citation.
Following his discharge from the service, Mr. Short attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. Herb worked with agricultural organizations his entire life. He was employed by the Logan County Farm Bureau in Lincoln, Illinois, was a University of Illinois County Agriculture Advisor in Warren and Menard counties, worked for the Pioneer Farm Business Farm Management Service in Melvin, Illinois, and was a farm manager for the trust department at the First National Bank in Springfield for 20 years. Following his retirement, he was a realtor for Julie Davis, Inc. Land Division and an Appraiser and Real Estate Associate for Heartland Ag Group of Springfield, Illinois Inc., in Rochester, Illinois.
Herb was also active in church his whole life and served as a deacon, song leader and teacher. He was an active member of Springfield Southern Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and served on various committees. He was active with Stonecroft Ministries where he served as a bible study guide and coordinator. Herb volunteered many times at the Stonecroft Conference Center near Branson, Missouri.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with the Pastor Mike Keppler officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Southern Baptist Church or Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.