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Julius "Joe" Short

1935 ~ 2020 (age 85)


Julius “Joe” Short age 85 of Grand Rapid passed away Tuesday March 17 at Porter Hills after suffering a stroke almost 10 years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Cyrus Short, and his wife of 56 years Joan Short (Endres). He leaves behind 5 children Joe (Patti) Short, Jim (Andrea) Short, Julie (Tim) VanBelkum, Jeff Short, and Judi (Rob) Vermaire; 6 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He grew up in Cadillac and moved to Grand Rapids when he was a teenager. He worked as a mechanic and truck driver for most of his life. He spent over 20 years at NAPA, several years at Spartan Stores, and also at West Michigan Recycling. He loved open wheel racing, trains, motorcycles and skunks.

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We want to thank those who went above and beyond taking care of him over the years. We will have a funeral service at a later date.

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