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Paul Vemer Short enjoyed making furniture from trees on his land

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 7:12 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Paul Vemer Short of Columbia died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. He was 96. 

Mr. Short was born to Edgar and Ila Vemer Short on Oct. 12, 1917. 

He spent his early career as a dairy farmer in central Boone County. He also was a deacon at Little Bonne Femme Church and a member of the Board of Education for the New Haven School District.

Later, he worked as a carpenter at Stephens College. After retiring, Mr. Short enjoyed making furniture and other wooden items, often from trees that he cut on his land.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Darlene Wren Short; three children, Emily Wisley of Coopers Plains, N.Y., Marilyn Holland and her husband, Jim, of Aurora, Colo., and Mark Short and his wife, Ann, of Overland Park, Kan; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church, 500 W. Cedar Tree Lane, Hartsburg, with burial in Goshen Cemetery at the same address. Visitation will be held one hour before the service.

The arrangements are under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home in Ashland.


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