Richard O. Short, age 78, a resident of Greenfield passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at his residence. He was born on Sept. 2, 1933, in Greenfield, Ind., to the late John W. and E. Jeanette (Wilkins) Short.
Richard was a graduate of New Palestine High School, retired from Navistar of Indianapolis after 33 years of employment and formerly was Vice President of Plywood Inc. also of Indianapolis. He served in the US Navy and was the first man in Hancock County to be drafted. He was a member of the Greenfield American Legion Post #119 and was an avid supporter of Bobby Knight and I.U. basketball and sports. He was an avid Colts Fan, loved construction and restoring older homes.
He is survived by his wife, Carole (Thomas) Short of Greenfield; daughters, Tiese (Tony) Thomas and Trina (Richard) Burk both of Greenfield, Michele (Fred) Lease-Johnson of Athens, Ga., Julie ( T.J. Grossman) Lease of Carmel; sons, Justin Short of Chicago and Jason Lease of Indianapolis; sister, Donna Maupin of New Palestine; brothers, Donald, Arthur, Bill all of New Palestine; grandchildren, Audra, Morgan, Drew, Sarah, Drake, Henri, Sam; step-grandchildren, Josh, Kyle and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda (Brown) Short.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. unil 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel of Greenfield. A Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at New Palestine Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46278. Online condolences may be shared at www.stillingerfamilyfuneralhome.com