Military veteran

Verl Paul (Short) Stottlemyre, 89, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, Mo. He was born April 2, 1923, at Upton, Mo., the son of Herman and Gladys Foster Stottlemyre.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Glen and Eugene; and one sister, Nellie.

Short is survived by his wife, Mary, of 62 years; a daughter, Janet and her husband, Gary Kell, and a granddaughter, Stephanie Hayes, of St. James, Mo.; a grandson, Shannon Kell and wife, Mendly, of Rolla, Mo.; a great-granddaughter, Molly Kell, and two great-grandsons, Colin Hayes and Padric Kell; and one sister-in-law, Faye Stottlemyre of Houston, Mo.

Short grew up in the Dykes-Upton community. He attended Coffey Grade School and Houston High School, graduating with the class of 1941.

Short entered the military service in July 1944 at Camp Fannin, Texas, a newly established military base to train soldiers in the infantry for the invasion of the Rhineland. He landed in Scotland in January 1945 and was injured in Germany in March 1945. He remained in a hospital in France until the 9th of June, when he sailed on a hospital ship to New Orleans. From there, he traveled by train to Borden’s General Hospital in Chickasha, Okla.

He remained there until he was discharged September 1945. He always felt that he was in care of the Lord.

Short worked for the International Shoe Company from 1948-’63. He worked for and owned the Phillips 66 Station in Houston from 1963-’76.

He began working at Ft. Leonard Wood in 1977 and he retired from there in 1993.

He was an outdoorsman who liked to fish and hunt. Until he was no longer able to do so, Short liked to garden, cut wood and farm.

He liked sports, especially baseball and basketball. But his passion was golfing. Short could still beat his son-in-law when he was 84.

Short loved his friends and family. He was compassionate, gentle and kind. We loved him so and wanted to keep him, but the angels said, “It’s time to go.”

Services were 11 a.m. Monday April 9, 2012, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers were Gary Kell, Shannon Kell, Colin Hayes, Larry Collins, Ervin Yarnell and Junior Vaughn. Honorary Pallbearers were Bud Collins and Danny Stottlemyre. Burial with full military honors was in Dykes Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or Dykes Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to

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