Ronald D. SHORT

December 31, 1937 ~ September 13, 2011

Mr. Ronald D. "Ron" Short passed away late Tuesday night, Sept. 13, 2011, at his residence at the age of 73 years, 8 months & 12 days. Ron was born Dec. 31, 1937, in Flat River, MO.

Ron grew up in Farmington & graduated in 1955 from Farmington High School. Ron was a Veteran of the US Army, serving as a Air Traffic Controller in the Army and at Lambert International Airport. Ron attended the University of Missouri and graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was the owner of Dicus Drugs from 1971 -to- 2003, when he sold the store to Country Mart and continued to work there, part-time. Ron served the Farmington School Board for 16 years, with 4 years being Board President. He was a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association and a Council Member for 25 years. Ron also served the City of Farmington on the Planning & Zoning Board for 12 years. One of his proud accomplishments was assisting our community leaders with regaining 300 acres Farmington had previously donated to the state. This area is now the Industrial Park. Ron was a pilot and a member of the Mineral Area Modeling Association. Fishing was one of his hobbies that he enjoyed with his fishing partner, Bill Greif. They fished many Missouri lakes & enjoyed trips to Canada. Ron was a faithful member of Farmington First Baptist Church for over 60 years.
Survivors Include: his loving wife of 52 years, Carole 'Dugal' Short; his daughter, Suzanne (& Larry) Ross; 2 sons: Steven (& Robin) Short; Michael (& Lisa) Short, all of Farmington. 3 Grandchildren: Stevi Short; Sarah Ross & Carson Short. 2 Step-Grandchildren: Myranda Marshall & Jake Marshall. His mother, Inez Woods; sister, Janis Tinnin. Also surviving are many Nieces & Nephews.

Visitation : Saturday, 8 am - 11 am @ Farmington First Baptist Church.

Memorial Service : Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Sept. 17, 2011

at : Farmington First Baptist Church, with Dr. William C. Miller officiating.

Inurnment follows at : Hillview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Farmington.

Memorials to: * Farmington First Baptist Church &/or * Farmington Educational Foundation.

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  1. Dear Carole and all the family, We are sending our sincere sympathy for your loss! Ron was one of the first "bosses" I had many, many years ago at Dicus! He was a great example of what it took to run a business, but more importantly, how to live his life! I am thankful for his life and example to all who knew him. You all can be proud of what he (along with Carole) gave to this world! He left some big shoes to fill and some great people to fill them. Wear them proudly! He will be remembered fondly and will be missed!

  2. Sorry For The Loss Of Ron's Passing. He Will Be Greatly Missed From All Of Us At Plummer's Hardware, He Always Put A Smile On Everybody's Face When He Came Into The Store. My Prayers Are With You All.

  3. Carol and family, Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to you and your extended family. Ron was a good man and always had a kind word to those he met. He will be missed in this community, but welcomed into the community of believers in heaven. May God encircle you in His loving arms through this difficult time and the days that follow… Bud and Donna Norman

  4. I always liked seeing Ron when I would come to Farmington to visit. We always had some good conversations. Ron was a pleasnt man and always nehoyed his company. I am so sorry he had to leave us, but I thank God for the blessings of knowing him. Good night, Sweet Prince….may you fly with the angels.

  5. Carol and Mike, Howard and I are so sorry for your loss. Ron was a great man and I know you will miss him dearly.

  6. So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Whenever we saw him at the drug store he was always a big highlight in our day. We will certainly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Carol, Susie, Steve, & Mike; I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Ron's passing. You and your families are in my prayers. God Bless You.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was a special man and friend to so many. I will miss our Dicus chats. He loved his children and grandchildren and all the family. Especially Carole. When she was sick he was right there with her. You could tell he was worried about her. Don't know if he would have made it without her. Then she was better and he got sick. She was right there with him. Just when things were looking pretty good, he was hit again. My prayers for you Carole and Suzanne, Steve, Mike and all their families. The kids had a wonderful grandpa. He talked about them proudly. I love you all. To my good friend Ron, Mrs. Diane will see you in Heaven.

  9. Dear Short Family, I want you to know my family is praying for you at this difficult time. Please know how much you are loved and how deeply your loss is felt by all. Laura Bays

  10. Carole and Family, I was sorry to learn of Ron's death, not sorry for him, but for the ones that he had to leave behind. I pray for peace to bring you comfort and courage to face the days ahead. It won't be easy but remember our Lord is with you.

  11. We are sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are for you at this difficult time.

  12. Dearest Carole and Family Our Deepest Sympathy with Much Love. We were so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Sandy and Charlie Groves

  13. Deepest sympathy to all the family. I have such wonderful childhood memories of great times inside the Short home. May Ron's memory be a blessing.

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. What a wonderful, humorous man. Sometimes of few words under his breath and sometimes a talker. I loved every conversation I had with Ron, I will miss seeing him at the store and all the life lessons he had in store for me. So glad I was fortunate enough to know him and Carol.

  15. Carole and family: I am so sorry for the loss of a great man. He was such a part of the community and his love of God showed through all of his actions. My deepest sympathy.

  16. Carol and Family, I hope the great memories you have of Ron will give you comfort. Ron was a wonderful family man, leader, christian as well as a mentor for myself. My heart goes out to you all at this sad time. He is flying in heaven.

  17. Carole and Family, I just read online about Ron. My prayers are with you all. I think of when the kids were little, time goes by and everyone grows but memories are always in my heart. Delta Noble

  18. Carole…So sorry to read in the Daily Journal web-page that Ron has died. I remember Ron when he first started as a pharmicist at Dicus Drugs. We became great friends before I left Farmington in 1971. You and your family will be in my prayers. May Ron rest in peace and rise in glory.


  20. We want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and our prayers. With Much Love- Kevin, Karri, & Riley Thurman

  21. Carol and family Wish I could be there to tell you in person how sorry I am for your loss. My mom, Virginia Rickus, and grandma, Bertha Cleve, thought Ron was the only one who could fill their prescriptions. He was their special pharmacist. My family will miss him.

  22. Dear Carole,Suzanne,Steve,Mike and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss ! All your family is in my thoughts and prayers ! Ron will be sadly missed !

  23. Carol and Family, I have fond memories of Ron joking with everyone at Dicus. He was a great community leader, school advocate, and awesome husband and father. I know you will miss him. My prayers are with you all for God's comfort.

  24. my family wanted to give the family of Ron Short our deepest sympathy, our prayers will be with you in this time of need. I am a fellow member of mineral area modeling association, Ron will be greatly missed by us all, our love goes out to all in his family. God Bless

  25. Mike and family, So sorry to hear about your dads passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely suzanne dunning castro

  26. My deepest condolences to Carole and the Family,, Ron will be sorely missed. Ron was a great person. He was a great help and asset in my partaking of care for an elderly family member of mine. God bless Ron's family at this time as I know he is watching from above.

  27. To the Short Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I really enjoyed talking with Ron when I could, he was always interested in my work and travels. When I was walking the beat downtown back in the 70's for the PD, I could stop in Dicus Drugs and Ron would treat me to a cold drink or even ice cream from his soda fountain. Ron sense of humor was special for you had to understand Ron to see it. While here your work touch many people Ron, and made life better for many. Rest in peace my friend, your work here is done.

  28. carol and family so sorry to hear of your loss ron was a great guy and will miss seeing him at country mart our prayers are with you at this time love from both of us herb and dorothy herbst

  29. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you every day. I pray that you will know the comfort and peace that passes all understanding. Love to all of you. Kathi

  30. Ron was a true family man and enjoyed talking about his family. I worked for Dr. Armantrout in the 70's and called in patients prescriptions to Ron, so talked to him several times a day. He was always cheerful, funny and kind. A great leader in the community, a void that will be hard to fill. Sympathy to his family and friends. Shirley

  31. Carol, terrible to hear about Ron. I haven't seen him in a few years but remember him well at school. We had classes together. Take care.

  32. Miss you already daddy! I'm going to miss looking back at church and seeing you sitting in 'your spot'. You were the best dad a girl could ask for. Thank you for all you taught me! I will take care of mom (and keep track of her purse for you…lol)Love you so much! I'm not saying goodbye…instead till I see you in Heaven! Love, Susie Q

  33. Carole: I just found out today, a day late, about Ron's death. I had no idea he was sick. Both you and Ron have always been good to me, and I respect the both of you very much. I am thankful our paths crossed here on this earth. I will make it a point to stop by and see you sometime soon.

  34. Carole and family: We were both saddened by the news of Ron's passing. A good husband, father, businessman, and community leader who will be missed by all who knew him.

  35. Carole and family and sister Janis Tinnin – Thoughts and prayers are with you. Sadness found as I just read (online) of Ron's passing. Great memories of knowing you all while living / working in Farmington & Fredericktown. May God bless & comfort you!

  36. Carole, Susie, Steve, and Mike, I am so sorry about your loss. Ron was a great man and he will be greatly missed in our community, but especially on Strawberry Lane! As a kid, I can remember his "lectures" to Jenna, David, and I about riding our 4-wheelers to fast and how to be careful at the creek! I'm sure we drove him crazy with our 4-wheelers, but he was always patient with us! As a teenager, Ron was my first boss and good one at that! I have fond memories of gift wrapping and serving ice cream at the Pharmacy! My God hold your hand as you grieve and may your fond memories live on!! If you need anything, you know where to find me! God Bless!!

  37. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Ron was a good person and he will be missed by many.

  38. Carole My thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family left behind. Always looked forward to seeing Ron in Dicus Drug, as well as you because the both of you always remembered me from Sunday School at First Baptist Church. God Bless you.

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