A Farmington resident and businessman who was active in the community and school district passed away Tuesday.
Ronald D. "Ron" Short died at his home at the age of 73 years. Ron was born Dec. 31, 1937, in Flat River.
Short grew up in Farmington and graduated in 1955 from Farmington High School. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving as an air traffic controller in the Army and at Lambert International Airport. He later attended the University of Missouri and graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Short was the owner of Dicus Drugs from 1971 to 2003, when he sold the store to Country Mart but continued to work there part-time. He served on the Farmington R-7 Board of Education for 16 years, with four years as board president. He was a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association and a council member for 25 years. He also served the city of Farmington on the Planning and Zoning board for 12 years. One of his proud accomplishments was assisting community leaders with regaining 300 acres Farmington had previously donated to the state. This area is now the industrial park.
Short was a pilot and a member of the Mineral Area Modeling Association. Fishing was one of the hobbies he enjoyed with his fishing buddy Bill Greif. They fished many Missouri lakes and also enjoyed trips to Canada. He was a faithful member of Farmington First Baptist Church for more than 60 years.
Arrangements are pending and will be held at Taylor Funeral Home in Farmington.