Short, Walter J.


Walter J. Short, 69, of Catawba, Virginia, a loving husband of the late Dorothy (Yearout) Short for 47 years, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 14, at his home following a brave battle with cancer. He was born October 6, 1948, to Willy (Bill) and Grace Short.

Walter was proud to have served his country as a Vietnam medic and his community as a life-long member of the Upper Craig Creek Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Grace Short; and brothers, Tom Short and Bill Short Jr. Walter will be lovingly remembered by his devoted partner, Sherry Kerns; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Elizabeth Renay Short; granddaughters Alexis and Melissa Short; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Linda Short; life-long friends Harvey and Sharon Songer; along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and pets.

Special gratitude to Sherry Kerns for all the tender loving care and commitment given to Walter and the family throughout the years. Gratefulness to the Craig county emergency services for their care and consideration. Appreciation to the various medical professionals of the VA Medical Center. For those wishing to donate in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or your local SPCA.

Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Kevin Altizer officiating. Interment followed at the Old Dominion Cemetery, Botetourt County. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, at Paitsel Funeral Home. Arrangements by Paitsel Funeral Home.