Born in Oswego, he had lived in Sterling prior to moving to Oswego in 1975. He retired from Novelis in 2007 as a mill operator after 36 years of service.
After retirement, he returned to work as a grounds keeper at the Oswego Country Club in Oswego. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, cooking and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his mother, Norma J. Shortslef, who died April 21, 2009.
Surviving are three children, Andrea Shortslef, James Shortslef and Kristy Shortslef; four grandchildren, Camryn, Logan, Zachary and Hannah; father, Ward Shortslef; a brother, Gary Shortslef; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial was in Springbrook Cemetery, Sterling. Calling hours were held Wednesday at the funeral home.