Ernest "Wendell" Short

October 15, 1931November 21, 2018
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Ernest "Wendell" Short, 87, of Mascoutah, IL, born October 15, 1931 in Overland, Missouri, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday November 21, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Wendell proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Paratrooper. For many years, he co-owned and was an auctioneer for Stumpf Auction Company in Mascoutah, IL. To many’s surprise, he was a wonderful upholsterer and seamster, gifting many people with keepsakes and handmade items. Wendell collected aluminum cans & scrap metal; he was affectionately known as "The Can Man" around Mascoutah. He converted his hobby for recycling into a business, “Mascoutah Recycling.” Wendell adored socializing with friends & family, had an undying love for animals, and will be remembered affectionately by his friends at Woodland Towers, Collinsville, IL. He loved playing bingo and cards while eating his favorite snack, cashews.

Preceding Wendell in death are his parents, Ernest and Christine Short; and wife Darlene.

Leaving to cherish his memory are his Daughters, Wendi Short of Mascoutah, IL and Debra Short of Jonesville, SC, and Sister, Linda Short (Dave) Callahan of Azle, Texas, and Grand Daughter, Ashlyn Sellers of Belleville, IL; Grandson, Richard (Joy) Dominguez of Fort Worth, TX; Stephanie (George) Cook and daughter Kelli of Austin, TX; Cassandra (Sean) Leslie and son Zsander of Ft. Worth, TX; Nephew, Dean Bentley of McAllister, OK; Grand Niece, Mary Buck of Ventura, CA; Great Grand Nieces and Nephews, Willow, Jade and Reyna of Ventura, CA; and his first wife, Norma Jean Miller of Jonesville, SC; and a numerous amount of family and friends.

Memorial donations may be gifted to Monroe County Humane Society, 4221 Hanover Rd, Columbia, IL . The family hopes you will send condolences expressing how Wendell touched your life, which you can do online at

Visitation: Family and friends are encouraged to celebrate Wendell’s Memory 5:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Services will be held at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 1:00pm. Entombment will conclude in Valhalla Gardens of Memory.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018

Ernest "Wendell" Short

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Chelsey Chelsey

December 13, 2018

Mrs. Linda and family,

Words cannot express the sorrow and pain I'm feeling for you with the loss of Wendell. We were praying for healing for him, but now we are praying for peace and comfort for you!

You know I don't have the money to buy you flowers or anything else, but this came from the heart and I wanted you to know it.

I love you and God Bless,


Betty Whelan

December 13, 2018

Linda and family,

Those of us who have been through great loss know that from then on, our days will be different.
There's an ache...that becomes duller with time...but never really leaves. Things hit us out of the blue.

In time, when the pain of our sorrow begins to fade, we realize, like never before, that life has a fragile beauty, and we're forever changed. So sorry for the heartache you're feeling. Praying for comfort and peace...for strength when the days are long...and for eyes to see God's healing love in ways only your heart can know.

With love,

Karen & Wally Austen

December 13, 2018

Linda, Dave and family,

In this time of sadness, may you see God in the faces of friends. Hear Him in their voices, feel Him in the touch of their hands...
May their help, caring, and sympathy reflect His love and kindness at this time when you need Him most.

Wendell was a wonderful guy from what I understand. I am so sorry.

Karen & Wally

Linda Peterson

December 13, 2018

Linda and family,

Our loved ones are a gift to us. After they have gone, we remember...and we celebrate.
Celebrate the life they lived, the loved they shared, the difference they made in our lives.

Thinking of you at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Peterson

Dr. Steven Pritchett

December 13, 2018

Wendi and family,

I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I enjoyed caring for him these many years in Mascoutah. Please let me know if you need anything.

Dr. Steven Pritchett

Mark & Debbie Stillwell

December 12, 2018

Dear Wendi & Ashlyn and family,

Both Mark and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family upon the passing of your Dad. Please know we are sending our heartfelt thoughts and prayers your way and hope you can, at some time, find comfort in your happiest of memories of your family.

Our Love and Support,
Deb & Mark Stillwell

Frank Shear (Mascoutah)

December 11, 2018

Wendi and family,

Thank you for the pictures you sent on your father. He was one of the few people in the whole United States who understood me on the aluminum and metals we worked on and so forth. We had a lot of good times together and I will certainly, certainly miss him.

I just wanted to thank you for the pictures you sent. My thoughts are with you in this time of loss.

Frank (from Mascoutah)

Brent Cameron

December 9, 2018

First of all my condolences to family and friends of Wendell. My first experience with Wendell was of course on the CB radio. I always enjoyed speaking with him and others back in the day. Knowing both his wife Darlene and daughter Wendi I had an opportunity to get to know all three of them back in the late seventies. Wendell always treated me with kindness... Well most of the time!
Always enjoyed the times I had going to his auctions and listened to him being the auctioneer.
Also enjoyed the times flying with him. His flying and driving where pretty much the same always on the edge. I did not find out about his death until weeks after he was buried, but wish I had a chance to spend more time with him while he was still with us.
He seemed to know a lot about a lot of different things and was always very helpful with suggestions on many different things I was doing in my life.
As we meet different people throughout our life sometimes you meet one that really stands out and makes you a better person just by knowing them... Wendell was that person. May you rest in peace Wendell Short
Brent Cameron

Mark and Debbie Stillwell

December 6, 2018

Dear Wendi, Ashlyn and Deb,

Many thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Love & prayers always,

Mark & Deb Stillwell
"The nutty people"

Susie Stumpf

December 5, 2018


Thank you for calling to tell me about your Dad. I'm truly sorry for your loss. However, you and your family are in my thoughts. We all crossed many milestones together. Please accept my sympathies.