David L. Short

Passed away on November 13, 2020

David Leo Short,96, was born in Hillsdale, IN, and died November 13, 2020. David is predeceased by his parents Strauder and Bessie Keene Short and sisters and brother - Frances, Daniel and Eleanor. From his childhood home near the banks of the Wabash, he learned the value of education and to fish, garden and enjoy sports. He served in the US Army in the Korean War and attended Indiana Central College (UIndy) School of Business.

David met Catherine Hoehl at an Army dance near her home in Baltimore, MD and they married in 1951. David's career with Huber Hunt & Nichols (Hunt Construction) spanned almost 40 years. His pride was Hunt's national industry leadership. Upon retirement, he worked part-time at H&R Block until his 83rd birthday.

David's life of volunteer service was for his children and their Catholic grade school, high schools and universities including Holy Name, Cathedral, St. Agnes, Our Lady of Grace, Notre Dame, Xavier, John Carroll and Dayton.

He tried to teach his children (more successfully his grandchildren) gardening, fishing, bird-watching and black-jack. He taught his family body surfing on the beaches of Maryland and New Jersey and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. He loved reading, cross-words and card games and his iPad, iPhone and sport teams Cubs, ND, Colts and Pacers. And Shapiro's.

David's wife of almost 69 years, Catherine, survives with their children John, Peg Duncan (John Bisbikis), Kathleen, Dan and Patty (Thom Ebner). Pop Pop is survived by ten grandchildren. Colleen (Brandon), Johnny (Maura), Ellen (Sam), James (Rocio), Emily (Brendon), AJ, David (Katy), Tim (Heather), Maggie and Danny. And nine great grandchildren. He attended their births, baptisms, graduations, sports, poetry readings, plays, concerts and weddings throughout the USA.

David's family thanks Dr. Pat Enright, Franciscan Health, the staff of St. Paul Hermitage and family caregivers along with a band of priests, nuns and friends joining the family in prayer.

A private family funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. Gifts to St. Paul Hermitage are welcome. 501 N. 17th Avenue, Beech Grove, IN 46107.

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Hannah Horan

November 23, 2020

MR.Short it was a pleasure to have known you!!! Your love and dedication you had for your wife, Catherine and family was unconditional. You are missed greatly! May you Rest In Peace

Ellen O'Brien

November 20, 2020

Summer visits with Pop-Pop were my favorite. I loved to spend the day with him in his garden, weeding and watering, untangling the pie tins that scared off rabbits, and picking hundreds of strawberries. He patiently answered all of my questions about growing vegetables so that I would know what to do when I returned to Chicago with my tomato plant and bean seedlings.

We'd return to the house with our baskets of fruits and veggies and have lunch with Nana. I'd periodically check the window to see if a squirrel had jumped on Pop-Pop's corn contraption tied between two trees in the yard. When a squirrel took the bait, it would spin around and eat the corn upside down, providing me with an afternoon of entertainment.

A few summers ago, I visited Nana and Pop-Pop with my camera, and they both sat with me for hours. Pop-Pop patiently answered all of my questions about growing up in Indiana, so that I would know what to tell my family for years down the road.

One of my favorite stories was about when he got his first bike. A neighbor boy asked him for a ride in exchange for a ride on his horse. Young Pop-Pop and the boy raced, horse versus bike, to the end of their block. At the end, the boy flew over the handle bars and Pop fell from the horse. He chuckled as he recounted the incident to me.

Pop-Pop, your memory will live on for generations to come. I'm honored to share your life with my son as he grows older. I see you in him everyday.

I miss you, and I'll love you forever.

Johnny O'Brien

November 20, 2020

I was rafting through the Grand Canyon in May of 1993. Needless to say, the NBA Eastern Conference Finals were not being broadcast down there. No Pippen, no Ewing, no Starks, no MICHAEL JORDAN. As an 11 year-old basketball nut, this did not bode well for me.

When we went back to Indy to pick up Ellen and James, Grandpop presented me with a stack of VHS tapes, labeled with his own commentary. He had taped every legendary second of that Bulls-Knicks match-up for me. Mind you, this was well before youtube, DVR and 24 hour ESPN highlights. This was beyond fantastic for me. He also arranged access to the indoor garage b-ball court his neighbor had built next door. It had a lowered hoop that I could dunk on and it was ok to hang on the rim. I enjoyed that very much.

PopPop, you were the Michael Jordan of grandpas.

Michael Writt

November 20, 2020

Dan, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I'm keeping your family in my prayers.

Michael Writt
CHS Class of '75

Dan Ebner

November 20, 2020

It wasn't until recently on a trip to Florida with some friends that I discovered all that I had learned from PopPop. The old fishing pencil trick for example, when the fish swallows the hook entirely and you use a pencil to spin the fish around until somehow magically the hook frees itself. My friends asked where did you learn that? That's amazing... And I told them, my PopPop from Indiana! Little things like these I will never forget when I am out fishing. Pop Pop was the best, and I will always remember him when I was working for the State of Indiana and he thought I was taking home one million dollars a year working for Governor Holcomb. I wish I would always tell him! Rest in Peace PopPop! - Love Danny Boone

Paige Vandagrifft

November 19, 2020

Short family, I have loved getting to know David and Catherine over the past few years. Mr. Short was a kind man and I enjoyed hearing stories of his time overseas, his love for Catherine and his children. My heart is with you all. Sending love and prayers your way.

Brett Smith

November 19, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of my Great Uncle Dave. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with him in the past, including on his family trips to Baltimore, vacations in NJ, and certainly stops in Beech Grove after ND games for Sunday morning pancakes before returning home. He was such a kind, welcoming, and even-keeled person.

The Arlington, VA, Smiths send all of our virtual hugs and prayers to each of our Short cousins. This picture was taken on a family trip to Indy a few years ago, which included an enjoyable visit and dinner at - where else? - Shapiro's. RIP Uncle Dave, until we meet again.

Sheridan Smith

November 19, 2020

I sit here this afternoon with tears in my eyes trying to put into words what is in my heart. They are both tears of sorrow & tears of happiness for having known such a wonderful human being . I will always hold Uncle Dave in a special place in my heart for being not only a terrific uncle but as a role model as well. Since my parents have both passed away,I have thought of Aunt Kutch & Uncle Dave as surrogate parents & all of you as not just cousins but as the brothers & sisters that I never had. I will always reflect on the many great times that we had together whether it be in Ocean City,Wildwood,Avalon,CollingtonAve,or at the Magothy River. There are so many terrific memories that it is very difficult to choose but one. However one that always comes to mind happened when we all stayed together in cottages on the Magothy River. One day we used the boat attached to one of the cottages to go crabbing. There were 4 of us(Uncle Dave, John , my father & me). We anchored about 1/2 mile or so from the cottage ,baited our lines & threw them in the water. We waited about 20 mins. or so w/out any luck. There was another boat with a couple of people on it that were staying in another cabin. While we were waiting to catch our crabs they happened to land several crabs themselves. We were getting somewhat frustrated when John said to his dad " Why don't we move closer to the other boat since they seemed to be having some success. Your dad said to have a little patience & then we'll decide whether or not to move. Just as he finished saying that we caught our first crab. After that we all started having success . We were having so much fun that we couldn't bring the crabs on board fast enough. While we were busy for the next 1/2 hr. or so, your Dad would say to John " How's that other boat doing.
We were having so much fun laughing as your father asked about the other boat every time each of us brought in another crab while the other boat was catching nothing.We laughed so h

Maggie Ebner

November 19, 2020

I miss you so much Poppop! Thank you for all the amazing memories as a kid, you were the best grandpa! I will never forget all the countless time you and Nana drove from Indy to Maryland or all the times our family packed into the mini van to visit and how excited I was every single time to see you and Nana! My favorite memory is being out in the ocean in Avalon all day with you. You would set me up on the boogie board, hold onto me until the perfect wave came and shoot me off in the waves. You had as much fun as I did! I miss you and I love you <3

Charlotte Bauer

November 19, 2020

Always enjoyed playing bid euchre with David and Catherine in our neighborhood. David had a great wit and very enjoyable to talk with. My prayers are with Catherine and family.

Charlotte Bauer


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