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Willard Shortt, 91

Willard  Shortt, 91 years, 10 months, and 13 days old, passed to heaven on Dec. 14, 2013 at his home with all his family by his side.

Willard was born Feb. 1, 1922 in Highlonesome, Mo., to James Ottis and Ruby (Thomas) Shortt.

Willard lived most of his life in the Ava area. He was a dairy and beef farmer.

On Nov. 15, 1953, Willard and Wanda Sagerser were united in marriage in Ava, Mo., and to this union two daughters were born.

Willard was a Christian and attended the Gentry Church.

He enjoyed squirrel hunting, farming, spending time with his family and especially loved spoiling his daughters.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Owen and Marvin Shortt; and one sister, Ella Davis.

Willard is survived by his wife, Wanda Shortt, Ava, Mo.; two daughters and their spouses, Reba and Rex Bristow, Springfield, Mo., and Lorna and David Welch, Ava, Mo.; four grandchildren, Derek Welch, Allison Welch, Tim Bristow and Jennifer Terry; three great-grandsons, Kendall Welch, Gage Bristow and Daniel Terry; and one great-granddaughter,  Bailey Terry; one sister, Onda Lane, Dyer, Ind.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Willard were Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo. Visitation was Wednesday,¬† from 1 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Cremation followed services as per Willard’s request. Officiating were the Revs. Bob Huskey and Butch McCleary.

Memorials may be made to Convoy of Hope or Salvation Army.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral