Richard Lynn Shorts, 74, of Edinboro and formerly of Cambridge Springs, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at his home in Edinboro.
Born Jan. 18, 1938, in Cambridge Springs, he was the eldest son of the late Theodore and Imogene Wilson Shorts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Shorts, and a sister-in-law, Donna Shorts.
Richard was a 1956 graduate of Cambridge Springs High School. He was employed at his father’s Red & White grocery store until 1961, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until 1963. He worked for Penelec from 1964 until his retirement in 1994 after 30 years of service.
Richard was an outdoorsman who enjoyed trapping, hunting and fishing, especially with his friend, Bud Mitchell. Since golf was his passion, after retirement he worked for Venango Valley Golf Course for a number of years.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (McAtee) Shorts, to whom he has been married 23 years; three daughters, Deborah Rodgers and husband Jeffery of Cambridge Springs, and Denise Shorts and Diane Shorts, both of Ocean City, Md; two grandchildren, Lauren and Garrett Rodgers; and his former wife of 28 years, Valerie (Coulter) Shorts. Other survivors include two stepdaughters, Missy Jukes and husband Todd, and Heather Baron and husband Brad; five stepgrandchildren, Billy and Dane Jukes, and Nicole, Danika and Frank Baron; his brother, Robert Shorts of Cambridge Springs, and his sister, Judy Smith and husband Harvey, also of Cambridge Springs; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Tricia Offi, his nurse, and the wonderful Asera Care Hospice group.
Friends will be received by the family on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie St., Edinboro. A memorial service will follow at 7, officiated by the Rev. Shane Thompson.
Private burial will be in Lewis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lewis Cemetery, c/o Heather Baron, 5260 Florek Road, Edinboro, Pa. 16412.
Online condolences may be shared at vanmatrefuneralhome.com.