He was born at home April 14, 1935, in Clay County.
He is preceded in death by his father Charles O. Short, stepfather William "Bill" Lawry, mother Elnora Craig Lawry, sister Norma Short Biggs, brother Louis Short, and wife LaCretia Myers Short.
He is survived by daughter Debra Short Seamon (James), grandchildren Debra Nicholas (Eric), and James S. Seamon, great-grandchildren Tyler and Alyssa Nicholas and daughter Lynnette Short Garcia Flynn (Russ), with grandchildren Christopher Seamon (Lena) and Phillip Garcia, great-grandchildren Cierra Wise, Millie and Tori Seamon. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Vernon retired from the U.S. Air Force Jan. 31, 1974, after 20 years as a Master Sergeant. He served in the U.S., southeast Asia, Asia, Europe, Vietnam and North Africa.
During his military career, he earned a Presidential Unit Citation, Senior Instructor Rating, Top Security Clearance, and Diplomatic Immunity at some of his foreign stations. After retiring from the Air Force, he went to work for General Motors and retired in 1992.
Vernon joined the Masonic Fraternity in 1974 at Centennial Lodge 541 in Brazil where he served three times as the Master of the Lodge achieving the Grand Lodge award of excellence.
In recent years, he moved his memberships to Indianapolis Lodge 669 where he served as craft director and assistant secretary. He has been awarded honorary memberships in 35 other lodges. He served Bartimaeus Lodge UD as Master in 2005-06.
He was a member and officer of several associated Masonic organizations, including Vice Chairman and the Arrangement Committee for the Grand Lodge of Indiana, Grand Master of the Clay County Actual Past Masters Association, Recipient of the Order of Service to Masonry, which is the highest award that can be given to an Indiana Free Mason, three-time recipient of the Miller Klingstine Award, President of the Actual Masters and Wardens Association of Marion and adjoining counties, Actor in the 15th degree Scottish Rite of Valley of Terre Haute, National Sojourners Fort Harrison Chapter 66, Lew Wallace Tippecanoe Camp Heroes of 76, Morgan County Past Masters Association and King Solomon's Past Masters Association.
He was also an Honorary Kentucky Colonel and a John County Deputy Sheriff.
"His work was not done and his Brethren Mourn."
"So Mote it Be."
Services will take place Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Flanner and Buchanan-Decatur, 5463 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis, Ind., at 10 a.m., with visitation there Friday, March 16, from 4-8 p.m.
A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Burial will be in the Zion's Lutheran Cemetery, Pershing, Ind. (also known as East German Town), following the service.
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