May 11, 1937 – December 19, 2017

Max Short, 80, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services celebrating Max’s life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Central Christian Church with Bro. Mike Knepper officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 22 in the church. Burial will be in the Chapel Cemetery, Newton, Illinois. Memorial gifts in honor of Max may be made to the Eagle for Life Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be offered at

Max was born on May 11, 1937 in Richland County, Illinois the son of Lloyd L. “Jack” Short and Pauline Newkirk Short Foster. Max was a graduate of Newton High School Class of 1955 and served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. On May 25, 1958, Max married Clara Bunton at the Falmouth Church of Christ. For over fifty years, Max owned and operated McClane Motor Sales in Newton. He was a member of the Central Christian Church in Newton.

In his free time, Max enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was a devoted Newton Eagles’ sports fan and followed car racing, especially enjoying open-wheel modified racing.

Max will be loved and remembered by his wife of fifty-nine years, Clara Short of Newton; sons, Jeff (Julie) Short, Todd Short, and Kevin (Amy) Short, all of Newton; three grandchildren, Emily (Steven) Benefiel of Newton, Lucas Matson of Newton, and Ellie Short of Georgetown; three great-grandchildren, Henry Will, Holden Benefiel, and Anistyn Benefiel, all of Newton; and sister-in-law, Lora Short of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Kyra Sidwell, brother Larry D. Short and two infant brothers.