Donald D. “Don” Short, 85, of Shawnee, passed from this life Thursday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Shawnee.

Donald D. “Don” Short, 85, of Shawnee, passed from this life Thursday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Shawnee.

He was born March 20, 1932, to Gail P. and Florence (Wells) Short in Topeka, Kansas.

Don was raised in Wichita, Kansas.

He was a proud Korean War veteran, having proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard 45th Infantry Division. He was ordered into active military service on Sept. 1, 1950, serving during the Korean War until he was honorably discharged on July 18, 1952. He fought in two horrendous battles, The Battle of Bloody Ridge and The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. Don was one of five men in his battalion that survived The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge for which he received the Bronze Star.

After his return from service he lived in Riverside, California, until 1968 when he moved to Shawnee, where he has resided in the Shawnee/Tecumseh areas since.

He married Norma Jo Wilcox on April 25, 1953, in Oklahoma City and she preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2001.

Don retired from Tinker Airforce Base in 1990 and then went to work for Lear Jet.

He loved to tinker on cars, and enjoyed building model cars and was very artistic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Short; parents, Gail and Florence Short; infant sister; and brother, Bob Short.

Survivors include two daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna and Dennis Coulson of Tecumseh, and Brenda and Rick Ulekowski of Rogers, Arkansas; four grandchildren, April Ulekowski, Katie Ulekowski, Jennifer Tison and Stephanie Monroe; six great-grandchildren, Kourtney and Luke Kinney, Devin Paul, Jaden Paul, Darian Monroe, DeJaun Monroe and Kayden Tison; numerous, nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, and continue through service time. Family gathering to greet friends and family will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Cooper Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Phil Thompson, Liberty Baptist Church in Shawnee officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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