BRAMAN — Stephen Ray Short, of Braman, died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita, Kan., at the age of 68 years.
Stephen was born on Feb. 14, 1949, in Ponca City, the son of Raymond Glen and Altha Lavora McBride Short. He grew up in Marland and graduated from Marland High School in 1967. Following his education he entered the United States Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he entered Oklahoma State University for a semester. He then returned to Kay County and began working at Blackwell Zinc Company. He later returned to school at Northern Oklahoma Junior College and received an associate degree. While at Northern, he also worked as a security officer for the college. In 1978 he began S and S Fence Company and worked as a fence contractor for 30 years. He married Connie Brooks in 1989 in Missouri and they made Braman their home. He was a member of the Braman American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed horses and music, especially singing.
He is survived by his mother, Altha Lavora Short, of Blackwell; two daughters, Edna Deniese Mahoney, of Roosevelt, Okla. and Jessie Rae Wright, of Blackwell; two sons, Luke Wayne Short and Richard Duke Short, both of Braman; a sister, Altha Coleen Blevins, of Blackwell; an adopted sister, Connie Short, of Ponca City; five brothers, Chris Short, of Marland, Rodney Short, of California, Brad Short,
Mark Short and Runt Short, all of Blackwell and 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his father.
A service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 27 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Blackwell with the Rev. Chris Short and the Rev. Matt Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Braman Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be, Luke Short, Duke Short, Tyler Wright, Stephen Short, Trent Short and Austin Short. Serving as honorary casket bearers will be his five brothers.
A memorial has been established in his honor with Braman American Legion Post 1229 in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.
On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com.