October 18, 1920 - June 19, 2010
Chaplain Charles C. "Chuck" Short of Adams, Ore., joined his beloved wife in heaven on June 19, 2010, at the Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla at the age of 89 years. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Milton-Freewater with Chaplain Ben Vegors officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the Helix Baptist Community Church through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR. 97862.
Chaplain Short was born Oct. 18, 1920, in Spokane, the son of John F. and Abbie Vera Davis Short. He grew up and graduated from high school in Spokane. On May 9, 1938, while still in high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. After his graduation he attended the Spokane Telegraph School and then worked for the railroad and Western Union. During World War II, from Jan. 20, 1942, to Oct. 6, 1943, he served in the field as a radio operator. From Nov. 4, 1942, to Feb. 8, 1943, he participated in action at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. After his discharge from the Marines, he fished commercially out of his own boat in Cordova, Alaska, worked on the construction of the Al-Can Highway and then for Lever Brothers as a salesman. He returned to school and received a bachelor's of science degree from Whitworth College, then a master's of divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, Calif. On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Eunice J. Sundquist in Adams, Ore. He served churches in Spokane; West Seattle; Concord, Calif. and Clayton Valley, Calif. In 1969, he became a full-time chaplain at the VA Domiciliary in White City, Ore,. until 1979, when he transferred to the VA Hospital in Walla Walla. In 1986, he retired to his wife's family farm, where he participated in Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed camping, fishing, trekking in the Annapurna Range of Nepal's Himalayas and traveling to Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and Central America. He will be remembered for his deep commitment to helping people grow in their Christian faith. Chaplain Short was a member of the Helix Baptist Community Church and BPOE #287.
He is survived by six children, John F. Short of Bend, Ore.,Timothy J. Short of Kanab, Utah, Stanley J. Short of Gig Harbor, Wash., Cheryl J. Short of Wenatchee, Carlene L. Kugler of Philomath, Ore., and Abbie A. Carrasco of Gig Harbor, Wash. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara L. Curtis of Scottsdale, Ariz., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice, on March 14, 2008; a brother, Stanley Short; and a sister, Emma Jean Mann.