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Richard J. Short

February 22, 1931 March 24, 2018
Richard J. Short
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Obituary for Richard J. Short

Richard J. Short, 87, of McHenry, passed away March 24, 2018. He was born on February 22, 1931 in Chicago to James H. and Patricia (Nuccio) Short. On September 6, 1952, he married the love of his life, Barbara J. Carnagio, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica in Chicago.

He enlisted in the Illinois Air National Guard. His unit was activated and he was stationed at the U.S. Air Force Base in Langley, Virginia. He was a gunner and an instructor in the 108th Bomb Squadron until 1952. After serving, he attended the John Marshall Law School, received his law degree, and was admitted to the Illinois and Federal Bar in 1957. In 1960, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

Richard was a hardworking attorney for over sixty years. First in Chicago, and then in McHenry County. In 1960, Richard was appointed to the Cook County Board of Tax Appeals and in 1961, he was appointed as Technical Advisor to the Illinois Department of Revenue. He represented the State of Illinois and gained national prominence as an authority on state and local tax law and later served as an Assistant Attorney General.

After moving to Johnsburg, he became active in many organizations: Chairman of the McHenry County Democratic Party, a member of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Merit Commission, President of the McHenry Chamber of Commerce, and Village Prosecutor for several villages. He was a member of the Johnsburg Lions Club, St. John’s Endowment Society, and past president of the West Suburban Bar Association, Harmony Snowmobile Club, Lakes Region American Legion Post, and Woodland Green Homeowners Association. He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association.

In his leisure time, Richard was an avid boater. He held a US Coast Guard License and was always ready to take the boat out onto the water. Richard also enjoyed seeing his grandchildren and cheering on the Chicago Bears. Additionally, he enjoyed winter vacations in Naples and Marco Island, Florida.

Richard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; his three children, Richard (Lisa) Short, Cynthia (late Patrick) Rorig, and Patrick (Gretchen) Short; and seven grandchildren, Nicole, Tara, Kevin, Terence, Sean, Collin, and Carter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Jeanne Hill, Marianne Mazzuca; and his beloved son-in-law, Patrick Rorig.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Visitation will resume Wednesday, March 28, at the funeral home from 8:15 a.m. until 9:15 a.m., at which time the procession will leave for the 10:00 a.m. funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2302 W. Church Street, Johnsburg, IL, 60051.

Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, memorials should be directed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

For information, please call 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for Richard’s family.


Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

27

Mar

4:00 PM 3/27/2018 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/27/2018 8:00:00 PM
Justen Funeral Home & Crematory

3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Justen Funeral Home & Crematory
3700 Charles J. Miller Road McHenry 60050 IL
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

28

Mar

8:15 AM 3/28/2018 8:15:00 AM - 9:15 AM 3/28/2018 9:15:00 AM
Justen Funeral Home & Crematory

3700 Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Justen Funeral Home & Crematory
3700 Charles J. Miller Road McHenry 60050 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

28

Mar

10:00 AM 3/28/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

2302 W. Church Street
Johnsburg, IL 60051

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
2302 W. Church Street Johnsburg 60051 IL

Cemetery Details

Location

St. John the Baptist Cemetery Final Resting Place

2302 Church Street
Johnsburg, IL 60051

2302 Church Street Johnsburg 60051 IL
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