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James 'Shorty' Sheets dies at age 81

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James F. “Shorty” Sheets, age 81 of Chesterton, Ind., passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Chesterton.

He was born January 8, 2013 in Blount, West Virginia, to Levi and Cora (Tucker) Sheets.

He was married on June 8, 1950 in West Virginia to Mary I. Huffman. They enjoyed 59 years of marriage until Mary’s death in 2010.

Shorty is survived by his brother, Hubert (Bea) Sheets of Stedman, North Carolina; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene Sheets; and sister, Beatty Matheny.

Although Shorty and Mary never had children, they helped raise three boys as their own: David Cooper of Olive Branch, Miss., Ervan “Lee” (Debbie) Lane of Mill Creek, Ind., and John (Mary) Lane of Porter, Ind. He is also survived by the many grandchildren of the boys they helped to raise.

Shorty moved to Indiana in 1954 and worked briefly for the railroad but returned to the trade that he learned in West Virginia, auto body repair. Shorty retired from Connors Motors, where he worked as an auto body repairman. Shorty was a member of the Westville Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed NASCAR, the Indy 500, the auto show and dogs. His smile will be missed at the Mortgage Inn and the VFW. The Lanes would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the VNA, The Waters of Duneland and Scott Cunningham for their help and caring for Shorty in these recent months. By Shorty’s request, no visitation is scheduled. His wish was to be cremated.

Arrangements are being handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 3/26/2013