James Berton Short


James Berton Short, age 55 of Madison, OH passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May, 29th, 2022. He was born July,2nd,1966 in Lockport New York, to father Dewey Berton Short and mother Betty Lou Short. He is survived by his beloved wife Jill Marie Short of 10 years,  his children: Sheena Townsend, Danielle Duff, Brittany Short, Katlyn Short, Ashley Kerby, Cody Kerby, his grandchildren: Lillian Marie Kerby, Rodger Fredrick Kyle, and many cousins and friends. James was proceeded in death by his wife.

He was a loving husband, father, PaPa, and friend.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, and telling jokes. James always had a way of making people smile.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be conducted both in Ohio and West Virginia with a date still to be decided, his loved ones will share the date when available.

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  1. James Barber says:

    To Jill (and family), I am deeply saddened by your loss. You guys were there in one of our worst moments and I will never forget you guys being there for us then. There is nothing I can say to make things better. I offer you a virtual hug until I can see you in person.

  2. James Tokarski says:

    Jim, I will always remember your contagious laugh and the countless memories we shared. Be a guiding light for your family like you’ve always been! You made each and every person you knew better just by being around them!! RIP Jim

  3. Jennifer Golden says:

    Jimmy Short- what a hoot you always were! Always making others smile & laugh! In fact your laughter was contagious and made those around you join in!
    You were a very observant, wise and kind man. You stepped right in & up to the plate, loved Cody & Ashley and raised them as your own. Your affection towards them and the “grandies” always impressed me- you were a gentle giant among us! You always made my sister feel valued, adored, loved & happier than ever. I always appreciated your genuineness and the ways you showed your love to Jill and our family. You will be greatly missed! Enjoy your slice of heaven now, please be a guardian angel! When we hear a similar, unmistakable laugh like yours you can bet we’ll be smiling & thinking about you! “Jolly Jim” love you brother

  4. Laura Kerby Hyde says:

    Jim was a fun loving man, he made sure everyone had fun around him and had a heart of gold. He loved his family and he will be greatly missed. Forever carried in our hearts with wonderful memories. RIP honored to have known you. Love always.

  5. Nancy J. Born says:

    I will miss being able to “horse around” with you teasing me about BBC’s.; among other things. I also appreciate how loving and kind you have been ESPECIALLY to Jill, her family, Ashley & Cody & their significant others as well as their children, Rodger & Lillian as well as
    myself. I will forever be grateful for your patience and allowing me to stay to remain staying at your house during my recuperation from a couple of surgeries I had, shoulder or knee replacements, I think. Thank you for just being you & marrying my youngest daughter! I cannot remember having seen her as happy as she was after becoming your wife. Thank you for making her happy, loved, & well cared for. Love you & will miss you more than you can imagine. You and your Dad can now be together and “have some fun”. Love you, Nancy Born (Mother-in-law).

  6. Carla Franek says:

    RIP James ,we sure will miss you and all the laughs we had. Jim & Carla