Lester “Shorty” Orval Short, 85, of Baker City, Oregon, passed away on March 6, 2021, at his residence. At his request, no formal services will be held.
Shorty was born on June 22, 1935, in Madras, Oregon, to Clarence “Kid” and Winifred “Winnie” Short (Hunt). He attended school through the 8th grade; at the end of his 8th-grade year, he helped take care of his mother; he never made it back to school; instead, he started working and worked until he was in his 70’s.
He married Mildred “Midge” Irene Wayne in 1967 and together lived and worked around Pacific Northwest. He worked as a farm and ranch hand and drove produce and stock trucks locally and long haul. Shorty and Midge owned their own semi-truck for a period and often drove as a team, most often pulling “bull wagons.” Shorty and Mildred often spoke of the time they hauled cattle for the filming of the early 90’s movie “City Slicker.” They both said it was their favorite job. Shorty also worked for the Forest Service in Baker City right before retiring. After retiring, he moved to Montana to live with his son.
Shorty is survived by his son Laurance Short of Deer Lodge, Montana; brother & sister-in-law Charlie and Peggy Short of Cove, Oregon; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Winifred Short, five siblings, and two stepchildren.
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