ARCHBOLD -- R. Dean Short, 81, of Archbold, passed away Sunday evening, July 7, 2013, at the Toledo Hospital.
He was born August 30, 1931, at Wauseon, the son of Clarence and Mary (Schmucker) Short, and married Esther Yoder on March 10, 1956. A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, he farmed and worked at the former Dinner Bell in Archbold and Defiance for 38 years. He enjoyed singing in the Overcomers Quartet for 21 years. He attended the Lockport Mennonite Church, rural Stryker.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; one son, Sam D. (Janna) Short of Archbold; five grandchildren, Estherlynn (Chad) Dale of Napoleon, David Short, Ethan Short, Seth Short and Rachel Short, all of Archbold; one great-granddaughter, Maelynn Dale; one brother, Dale (Patty) Short of Archbold; a brother-in-law, Lawrence King of Wauseon; and a sister-in-law, Mary Short of Alvordton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Benjamin Short; and two sisters, Lillian Aeschliman and Berneda King.
Services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Lockport Mennonite Church, with Pastor Steven Heatwole officiating. Interment will follow in the Lockport Cemetery. Friends may call at Lockport Mennonite Church from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.