Joseph “Joe” S. Short

March 05, 1930 ‒ June 19, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Joseph “Joe” S. Short, age 88 of Marion, passed away on Tuesday June 19, 2018 surrounded by his family at his home.

Joe was born on March 5, 1930 in Fort Wayne, IN, the son of E.J. and Mabel (Neuhouser) Short. Joe graduated from Seville High School in the class of 1948. He continued his education, graduating from Ashland University with a Master’s degree. While attending Ashland University, Joe lettered in both football and baseball.

One afternoon, while coaching a track meet, a beautiful young woman caught Joe’s eye. It wasn’t long after that the two started dating and Joe was united in marriage to Nancy L. Shiley on August 24, 1958 in Bascom, Ohio.

Not long after Joe began his teaching and coaching career, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country during the Korean War. When he was honorably discharged, Joe resumed his position at Bloomville Township School.

He was a man of many talents and responsibilities as an educator. He not only taught and coached, but he also was an elementary and high school principal at Bloomville Township School in Seneca County, high school principal at Montpelier Schools and was a superintendent at Millcreek West Unity and Pleasant Schools. He retired as county superintendent from Knox County Schools. He loved sports and coached most of his adult life. He was instrumental in the development of the summer softball league for Pleasant Schools.

It is no surprise with his love of sports that he was an avid Ohio State fan along with any Cleveland sports team. He liked to be outside and enjoyed many rounds of golf. Joe loved to read and was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion. His proudest moments were the times that he and Nancy were sitting together in the stands cheering on their children and grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife Nancy L. Short; children: Stephen (Laura) Short, Sue (Bob) Snyder and Scott (Anna) Short; grandchildren: Matthew (Alyssa) Short, Nathan (Amanda) Short, Kate Snyder, Kelsey Snyder, Jonathan Veyrier and Rosana Veyrier; great grandchildren: Abigail Short, Madison Short and Molly Short; sisters: Vicki (Dennis) Kunick and June (the late Ralph) Thompson; brother-in-law John Kneeland and sister-in-law Pat Short; 19 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings: Joan (Rev. Ben, Jr.) Black, Donna Kneeland, Claudine (Ray) Wojtko and Roger Short.

Visitation will be Friday June 29, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Memorial service will be Saturday at the church at 10:30AM with Pastor Rob Howard officiating; burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephen J. Short Scholarship fund, c/o Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 1 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Short family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • So sorry for your loss. I will never forget working for Joe at Knox County Schools. He was a special guy and was much loved and respected. He will live on in the hearts of many educators, family and friends.

  • Working with and for Joe Short was a highlight of my career as an educator. He gave us responsibilities and then trusted us to live up to his expectations. I worked so hard to never disappoint Joe! His was the model I wanted to emulate when I became an administrator myself. His life and friendship made a difference for so many. I will miss you, Joe! Rest In Peace.

  • Steve and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’S passing. Keeping you in my prayers.

    Ruthie

  • Deepest Sympathy to Nancy and family. We have wonderful memories of Joe. 🙏♥️

  • Steve and family:
    Vickie and I are sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. Vickie enjoyed seeing, and talking with him, nearly every day at the County Office Building.
    Our thoughts are with you as you celebrate a life well lived and dedicated in service to others.

  • Nancy, Steve, Sue and Scott – We are sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. He was a good man and a great asset to the field of education. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Phyllis & Bill Smith – Clermont, FL

  • We are sorry for your loss with the passing of Joe. Nancy and family our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We all have been greatly blessed by knowing Joe and the family.
    Denny & Gail West

  • Great man ! Influenced life choices and career paths for so many . Rest in peace .
    John Millisor
    Pleasant High School
    Class of 1973

  • Great friend and supporter of the Ballinger family. Helped me to attain my first job and counseled me about several others. Forever indebted to Joe!

    Mark Ballinger
    Class of 1972
    Pleasant High School

  • Fond remembrance of Coach Short rewarding my brother and me a cracked baseball bat for retrieving foul balls during many practices and games during his tenure at Bloomville High School. Thanks Coach.
    Jim Tusing
    Bloomville High School
    Class of 63

  • My deepest condolences to Nancy and children. I am heartbroken over Joe’s passing. I wish that I had the eloquence to express how much he meant to me. I owe my 32 year career in education as well as my retirement to Joe. Of all the individuals I worked with throughout the years, Joe made the greatest impact. I learned more from his mentoring and friendship than anyone else. Over the years we stayed in touch with our annual Christmas card exchange and I am thankful that I had many opportunities to let him know how significant he was in my life. He will be forever in my heart.

  • Joe was a very good man. As our superintendent, he was well-liked and respected–as is the entire family. Our prayers go out to you all.

    Jodie Shafer
    Class of 1979
    Pleasant High School

  • Nancy and family,

    Joe will be missed by Nancy’s Hopewell Louden Alumni friends. You always attended the Alumni reunions. Our Sympathy to all at this sad time.

    God Bless, Judy and Bob DeWald

  • Steve and family, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Keeping everyone in my prayers. Dennis Snyder

  • Nancy & Family,

    So sorry for your loss, Joe was a good neighbor and always friendly. Blessing you and if there’s anything we can do please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Steve and Family: Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Our deepest sympathy is with all of you. God Bless

    Marty and Paula Riggs

  • Dear Sue and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about your dad, Sue. I have been out of town for a week and not on FB for even longer. So, I missed this sad news until today (June 29).
    Please know that I am thinking of you and extend my deepest sympathy to you. I know what a tight-knit family you have and can only imagine the sorrow you are
    experiencing. However, from what I know about you and can surmise about the rest of the family, you are also sharing joyous memories.

  • Dear Steve and Family,

    I am saddened to hear of your father’s passing.

    Your father and I met a long time ago when it was time for Jay to start Kindergarten. Mount Vernon School District said he was in the Fredericktown School District, Fredericktown said he was in the Clearfork School District, and Clearfork said he belonged somewhere but not Clearfork. This is when I met your father and between him and Bill Moody, the auditor at the time, they got it all Vernon Middle School and we got to know you.straightened out with the map department who had made a mistake when they were updating maps, and that is how you became Jay’s sixth grade teacher at Mount

    It would have been so easy for your father to just pass the buck and let me continue to struggle with the problem just weeks before school started, but he wasn’t that kind of person and I feel he raised as son that followed proudly in his footsteps with the same philosophy and set of standards to live by.

    Jay. Jamie. and Janet Mizer all have you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Steve and Family,
    I am not sure what happened in my first condolence message that the wording got all turned around and didn’t make too much sense. I hope this time it turns out the way I hoped it had the first time.
    …… Janet Mizer
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    Dear Steve and Family,

    I am saddened to hear of your father’s passing.

    Your father and I met a long time ago when it was time for Jay to start Kindergarten. Mount Vernon School District said he was in the Fredericktown School District, Fredericktown said he was in the Clearfork School District, and Clearfork said he belonged somewhere but not Clearfork. This is when I met your father and between him and Bill Moody, the auditor at the time, they got it all straightened out with the map department who had made a mistake when they were updating maps, and that is how you became Jay’s sixth grade teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School and we got to know you.

    It would have been so easy for your father to just pass the buck and let me continue to struggle with the problem just weeks before school started, but he wasn’t that kind of person and I feel he raised as son that followed proudly in his footsteps with the same philosophy and set of standards to live by.

    Jay. Jamie. and Janet Mizer all have you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.