SHORT, Rodney K.
Silver Springs FL – Rodney Keeven Short, 74, went to his eternal rest on May 28, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Bryan, Ohio on June 15, 1942 to Lester G. and Mildred M. (Bowman) Short. He has been a Marion County resident for 7 years and served the community through the Forest COPS Program, the American Legion, the American Legion Riders, the VFW, and his church.
Rod retired from the US Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency in 1995. He was discharged from the US Navy in 1965, having served as a sonar operator for helicopter squadron (HS-5) aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39). He was on duty during the Mercury space capsule retrieval and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was stationed at Quonset Point, RI, when he met Gigi, his bride of 50 years.
Rodney loved outdoor sports, especially boating and motorcycling. He volunteered in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, and CT DEP. Most of all, he enjoyed talking to people and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Gisele (Chartier) Short, children Daniel Short (CT), Benjamin Short (NY), Sarah Short (NY), and grandson Keevin Short. Rodney had two sisters, Marcia Green (Deceased) and Rhonda Dinius (OH). He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
A brief reception will be held at St. Joseph of the Forest Church, SR 40, Silver Springs FL on Friday, June 2, 2017at 10:30 A.M., followed at 11:00 A.M. by a funeral mass, with Father Justin Vakko officiating. An informal gathering will be held at Springlake Village Clubhouse, following the church service. Arrangements are under the care of Countryside Funeral Home, Anthony FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kindred at Home Hospice, 1320 SE 25th Loop, Ste. 101, Ocala FL 34471, or St. Joseph of the Forest Catholic Church, 17301 E Hwy. 40, Silver Springs Fl 34488.