John “JT” Thomas Short
May 5, 1922 - September 4, 2012
John Thomas “JT” Short passed away on Sept. 4, 2012. JT was born on May 5, 1922, in Okemah, Okla., to John Thomas and Bessie Mildred (Barbour) Short, the fifth of eight children born to the couple.
JT and his family moved a lot when he was young. His family followed the work of cutting timber where it was available; usually building a sawmill at each site. JT and his brothers worked along with their dad logging and in the sawmill.
At the age of about 19, JT met the love of his life, Sadie Ruth Chandler. They were married on Aug. 23, 1942, in Greenville, Texas. They had not been married long when World War II interrupted their lives.
JT spent three and a half years in the South Pacific as an army engineer. When he returned, most of his family had moved to Oregon. He and Sadie first moved to the Roseburg area, next to the Hood River Valley, then to Brookings where JT retired.
JT and Sadie came back to Hood River after traveling for a few years. They enjoyed more than 60 wonderful years together. Sadie passed away in 2005; JT lost the love of his life and he missed her every day of his remaining life!
JT and Sadie were blessed with their only child, John Roger Short. After Roger started school, Sadie put her foot down and said, “no more moving” until Roger graduated.
Roger was the pride and joy of his parents. He passed away unexpectedly New Year’s Eve, 2011. This was a hard blow to JT. He had lost the two most important people in his life.
JT loved to fish, and later in life, to golf. He went to Alaska and other places to fish. Before his health started to decline, you could see him at Indian Creek Golf Course hitting a ball.
JT was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie; his son, Roger; his parents, John and Bessie; his brothers, Curtis, Durwood, Troy, Benson and Clayton; and his two sisters, Sybil Mitchell and Mildred Goss. He was the last of his immediate family.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Earlene Short, of Silverton, Ore., and his brother-in-law, Truman Goss, of Hood River, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031. Graveside entombment at Idlewilde Mausoleum will follow on Monday, Oct. 1.
Donations are encouraged to be made in memory of John Thomas “JT” to Heart of Hospice.
Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.