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I HAVE UPDATED THIS PAGE TO INCLUDE THE DATE OF RON’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE. Please read below. We will give details about time as it gets closer…tentatively noon to 6. Thank you.

Ron Short, loving husband of Sandy, inspiring father of Jessie (JW), and proud “Papa” of Evan and Lyra, transitioned from this earth the morning of May 24th, in his home, held by his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. Ron was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma early March 2021. He underwent brain surgery to remove two tumors in early March and pulled through with flying colors and a bright spirit! Shortly after, he began radiation and immunotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, though his spirit remained whole and he smiled often, his physical body could not outlast these harsh treatments. He bravely made the decision on May 6th to conclude all cancer therapies and return to his home with his wife and daughter tending to him. During his last two weeks, he continued to entertain his family, friends, and grandchildren with his warm spirit, priceless facial expressions, words of wisdom, and the occasional bad joke.

Ron married Sandy on November 30th 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri. They enjoyed each other’s hard work ethic and dedication to their careers, delighted together in raising their only daughter, Jessica, and made many memories traveling around the country and the world together. They maintained many connections with friends and family from different “life seasons” and, especially after his retirement in 2006, participated in reunions all over the states. Though Ron moved to Phoenix 6 years ago to be close to his daughter and grandchildren, he and his wife enjoyed time every summer in Yachats, Oregon, taking in the cool ocean breeze, enjoying the green landscape, and partaking in delicious eats and countless planned and spontaneous get togethers with friends.

Ron began his adventure in education at Greenfield High School, where he graduated in 1961 as salutatorian and the star of the basketball team. He completed his bachelors degree at Illinois State in 1965 and later, his PhD in Education at Northern Illinois University. He worked in public school education in Joliet and Lake Zurich, Illinois teaching middle school science and coaching basketball. He then worked as head of educational resources for faculty at Harper Community College in Paletine, Illinois. He then found his calling in sales and management training for several agricultural-oriented companies. He circled back around to Northern Illinois University and education, and ultimately retired as executive director of career services. Throughout his life, Ron lived in many different states, and about 15 years ago achieved a personal goal of travel to all 50 states.

Ron Short is survived by his wife, Sandy Short, his daughter Jessica Hayes, and his grandchildren Evan and Lyra Hayes. He also is survived by his sister Kay Herring and nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Lena Short, and his siblings, Jack Short, Raymond Short, Helen Bergmann, Bill Short, and RoseMary Reznicek.

Throughout his life, Ron supported many charitable and educational organizations. In honor of his memory, feel free to donate to a charity of your choosing in Ron’s name.

Following is a personal message from Jessie and current details regarding Ron’s Celebration of Life:
Many of you already know and have contributed to my project. For those who do not know or have not shared, I am asking for memories, pictures, kind thoughts and words, jokes, etc, about my father (Ron). You may share your memory, thoughts, and/or photos on this website or privately at jessicawhayespt@gmail.com. I am compiling a multi-volume book for his family and for all to enjoy at his Celebration of Life, which is planned for October, 9th 2021. It will take place in my parent’s home in Phoenix, Arizona tentatively from 12-6pm. Address is 14219 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix AZ 85023

In my father’s final weeks, I was able to share so many memories, pictures, and sentiments from many people he loved, impacted, and cared for. He got great joy from this and I am unable to put into words what it meant to me to share this with him and to continue to learn about the great legacy with which Ron Short departed this life.
Posted by Alan Farber on June 17, 2021
I had the pleasure of working under Ron at NIU Career Services.  His bad puns notwithstanding, he was a terrific boss and a wonderful person. May he Rest in Peace.
Posted by Kathy Hotelling on June 17, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ron's death. He definitely had a twinkle in his eye. I enjoyed being a director colleague with him at NIU. RIP Ron.
Posted by David Varble on June 14, 2021
Our family has had the privilege of farming Ron and Sandy's farm here in Illinois for many years. We all love him dearly and will miss him greatly.
He was such a joy to work with, always positive and encouraging. Will miss the teasing back and forth , and the banter we had. Truly a great man who was a excellent example of how to live ones life. He made a lasting, positive impression on all those he came in contact with.
Posted by Bob Mier on June 13, 2021
Sandy and I enjoyed doing things with Ron and his family--board games, hiking, garage sales, fishing, dining, attending ASU basketball games. Ron was always up for activities and made it fun for everyone in our group and everybody around us! Ron was a trusted friend and we daily miss his very corny puns, his optimistic nature, and his infectious spirit. We will always miss you, Ronnie, and will think of you when we wear our Redbird socks.
Posted by Linda Elam on May 31, 2021
Ron is the best brother-in-law I have ever had! He is kind, generous and funny. I will forever miss him dearly. 

One of my favorite memories is when I celebrated their anniversary dinner with them. Sounds kinda weird, but I was already there for the Thanksgiving holiday. I think it was their first anniversary. We had Fondue and wine, and we all giggled through the whole thing! 

I don’t know why, but I always found Ron’s jokes funny, even though there were always a few ‘groaners’. Sandy used to say “don’t encourage him” when I laughed, but I couldn’t help it!

I love you and miss you, Ron.
Posted by Susan Vandersand on May 29, 2021
Sandy & Jesse, Jim and I want to offer our condolences on losing Ron. He was such a life force that it doesn’t seem possible that he is gone. Even though we didn’t spend too much time together, the moments we had have given us fun, fond memories. The world is a less happy place now that Ron is gone, but we are so thankful that we have good memories of him...and you! May GOD lessen your pain and help you remember all the joy Ron brought to his friends...and to you❣️
Posted by Jessica Hayes on May 25, 2021
So beautifully spoken, David Lockhart <3
Posted by David Lockhart on May 25, 2021
My deepest condolences and prayers for the members of the Short family at this very difficult time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ronnie when I joined the family via marriage to his niece, Stevie Lockhart (nee Cummins). Ronnie welcomed me into the family and was always quick to share a kind word or comment with me during our many interactions. 

He never met a stranger in my estimation and was genuinely a good man and person who loved his family. Always kind, pleasant and optimistic until he took his last breath. Ronnie will be sorely missed and has left his indelible mark on all that he encountered.

Rest well kind sir. You have earned a place in the stars with our Father. God bless. 
Posted by Bonnie Vahle on May 25, 2021
Oh Linda I am so sorry for your loss. I am however happy that his suffering is over. I know how close you were and you will miss him terribly. As I sit here and think about Ronnie I have to smile and even chuckle out loud at the character he was. He was never without a comment or a wisecrack. He lived a full life for sure. The last time I saw him he was looking forward to the arrival of his first grandchild. I am so happy he got to experience that joy. Please extend my sympathy to his family. Hugs and prayers .
(I grew up with Linda and Bill and spent a lot of time out at the Short farm. Ronnie was always so much fun and so entertaining.) He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Posted by Alan Farber on June 17, 2021
I had the pleasure of working under Ron at NIU Career Services.  His bad puns notwithstanding, he was a terrific boss and a wonderful person. May he Rest in Peace.
Posted by Kathy Hotelling on June 17, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ron's death. He definitely had a twinkle in his eye. I enjoyed being a director colleague with him at NIU. RIP Ron.
Posted by David Varble on June 14, 2021
Our family has had the privilege of farming Ron and Sandy's farm here in Illinois for many years. We all love him dearly and will miss him greatly.
He was such a joy to work with, always positive and encouraging. Will miss the teasing back and forth , and the banter we had. Truly a great man who was a excellent example of how to live ones life. He made a lasting, positive impression on all those he came in contact with.
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Shared by Duane Roggow on June 5, 2021
Ron was the ultimate work partner; industrious, helpful, enthusiastic and always good for company Morale! While at Sprint our then President started a program called, "It is My Job!" We all were encouraged to wear bright red pins stating, "IT IS MY JOB!" and we were encouraged to go above and beyond helping everyone to excel at our jobs. Ron did! He started his own program and every few days Ron would come in with his own unique Red Pin encouraging us to go above and beyond. I have forgotten all the different pins, but I can guarantee you they lifted our spirits and usually provided a laugh or a grin to ease the pain of the day. 
Shared by j Diane Wuthnow on June 5, 2021
What I remember most about Rod Short was his wishes for a Happy New Year to Rod, my husband, now deceased.  While the greeting/saying is old now it was nonetheless timely and soooo good at the time.  It was "Happy New You."


love you Ron, and Rod, forever, Di Wuthnow

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Shared by Jessica Hayes on May 25, 2021
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