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Obituary: Donald Ray Short (10.7.24)

Obituary: Donald Ray Short (10.7.24)

January 20, 1939 – July 5, 2024

Donald Ray Short, 85, of Greencastle, went to be with our Lord late in the morning of Friday, July 5, 2024.

Don was born on January 20, 1939 in Evansville to the late Alva Olen Short and Hilda (Wagner) Montgomery.

Don attended and graduated from Evansville Central High School. He spent his career in the steel industry and was the proud and successful owner of DR Short Steel Company Inc.

Don was a loving husband, father, and a dear friend to everyone he met. Don loved spending time in his workshop, building anything you could want. He called his home, which he built with his wife JoAnn, “paradise.” He was the best handyman and could fix anything.

Above all, we will remember his loving heart, his patience, his remarkable way of communicating how much he loved and was proud of his family, his jokes and his kindness.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Jo Ann (Sehr) Short; his children, Candy (Bob) Seamon, Jill (Mark Hubele) Bodart, and Ja’Nean (Scott) Rau; his grandchildren, Stephanie Breslan, Dustin Van Dyke, Kylee Surface-Seamon, Jenna Williams, Grace Rau, Hannah Rau, and Lily Rau; and his great-grandchildren, Mia Surface, Aidan Breslan, Anna Breslan, Lincoln Van Dyke, and Luke Hogg; his sisters-in-law, Velma Jay and Jayne Smiley.

Before Don’s death, his children Katrina Lynn Short and Thomas Ray Short as well as his siblings Richard Short and Betty Lou Baize had already died.

The family will announce a memorial service at a later date. Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Greenwood, is proud to serve the family of Mr. Donald Ray Short.