Despite his short tenure on earth, Linden's desire to succeed and strong work ethic resulted in a high level of accomplishment by him.
After graduating from Nevada High School in May 2000, Linden received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southwest Missouri State University in December 2002. Upon completion of graduate school in December 2003, he received a Master of Business Administration Degree from Southwest Missouri State University. His career plan was to become a Certified Public Accountant.
For three years during high school, Linden worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell in Nevada. During college, he participated in a volunteer program which provided tax services to the needy and the elderly. For several months prior to his automobile accident he was Office Manager for Magic Autoland Sales and Finance. Linden's automobile accident occurred on a business trip to the St. Louis area in an attempt to gain new contracts for a business he had developed in conjunction with a friend.
In addition to his parents, Linden is survived by a sister, Megan; two brothers, Ben and Ian; two grandmothers, Maxine Short and Doris Strumph; seven uncles; six aunts; and two cousins. Linden was preceded in death by grandparents, Lavern Short, Raymond Allsbury, Helen Allsbury and Clem Strumph.
Services in celebration of Linden's life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Family visitation will precede the service beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The Linden John Short Memorial Scholarship Fund is being established to benefit graduates of Nevada High School that exhibit the attributes which Linden demonstrated in his life. Contributions may be made in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 South Washington Street, Nevada, MO 64772.