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Carl Short

September 9, 1953 — October 18, 2021

Van Wert

Carl E Short, 68, of rural Van Wert, entered his heavenly home on Monday, October 18, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida. He was born September 9, 1953, the son of the late Elmer {Barney} and Florence {Duvall} Short.

On September 11, 1976, he married Christi {Matthews} Short who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Lacey {Ed} McLachlan of Westerville; sons: Spencer {Joy} Short of Convoy and Colton Short of Dayton.

Other family members include his brother, Tom {Sharon}Short of rural Van Wert; sister, Clara Konkle of Heber Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren: Alexandria and Jordanne Short of Convoy; Ryland and Eisley McLachlan of Westerville; mother-in-law, Lou Anne Matthews of Scott; brother-in-law, Steve {Cathy} Matthews of Broughton; sister-in-law, Mary Short of Van Wert as well as several nieces and nephews.

Carl was a 1971 graduate of Crestview High School. He was a 42 year employee of Scott Equity Exchange. He was a lifelong member of the North Union United Methodist Church, where he served as Lay Leader, usher, and several boards. He was a former Union Township trustee, Scott Lions member and for many years baled hay and straw. He had a strong work ethic which he passed along to his children. He loved the outdoors especially his vegetable garden. He also enjoyed wintering in Florida, traveling, playing cards, eating breakfast with the guys and playing with his grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Roger and Kenny Short; brother-in-law, Dan Konkle; father-in-law, Robert Matthews and granddaughter, Emery McLachlan. He will be missed by his many friends and especially his family.

Services will be 11 AM, on Monday, October 25, 2021 at North Union United Methodist Church with Pastor David To officiating. Burial will follow in Taylor Cemetery, Union Township.

Visitation will be from 2 - 7 PM on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Alspach Gearhart Funeral Home.

Due to the current Covid situation, the family suggests that all attendees wear masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carl`s memory may be sent to North Union Church or St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, October 24, 2021

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

North Union United Methodist Church

4486 US-127, Van Wert, OH 45891

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