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Rev. John Shirk Shortle

Rev. John Shortle passed away while surrounded by family on Monday, November 15, 2021 at the Groton Community Health Care Center in Groton, NY. He was born on August 17, 1946 in Greencastle, IN, to the late Marguerite and John S. Shortle, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Susan Shortle, Sarah Nimick, and Sam Shortle. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joan Shortle; daughters, Cassandra (Robert Gaylor), Allegra (Jesse Lloyd), and Johannah (Mark Alo); and grandchildren, Dorian Lloyd, Taavo Gaylor, and Elora Alo. Other surviving family members include siblings, Sylvia Bergen, David Shortle (Carole), and Margie Shortle (John). He deeply loved his family and will be greatly missed by all.

John received his Master of Divinity degree in 1973 from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY. After graduation, he served as a minister in United Methodist churches in the Upper New York and Indiana Conferences. He also served as a chaplain in several prisons. He retired from the ministry in 2007 but continued to serve Finger Lakes area churches part-time. He was a dedicated minister who guided his parishioners with wisdom, love, and compassion.

After retirement, John was an active member of the Ithaca community, volunteering with the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, participating in continuing education classes at the Lifelong Community Center, and helping in other areas of need. He was passionate about films and literature.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's name may be directed to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903 (www.foodbankst.org).

Make a donation to Food Bank of the Southern Tier in honor of Rev. John Shirk Shortle


Joan, Allegra, and family we are sending our deepest sympathies, blessings and love. John was an amazing, inspirational, and wise man. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. John was truly blessed by God in his spiritual wisdom and faith.

Karen Lloyd Nov 19 2021 3:41 PM

My deepest sympathy Joan to you and your family on Johns passing.
My wife Martha and I were appointed to our first church at St. Matthews/Collins, following you and John.
I pray the Lord will give, comfort and grace to you and your family.
In every desert of trial, Jesus has an oasis of comfort.
Blessings and Grace

Jack Scott Nov 19 2021 1:19 PM

It takes a special man to gift the world with a special person like my friend, Johanna. As much as you will assuredly be missed, I hope your family finds peace.

patricia a schaffhouser Nov 19 2021 12:55 PM

Many pleasant memories of John over the period when he was a faithful friend at the First Presbyterian Church. His account of his years as a chaplain inspired our Adult Education Class, and his passion for justice and critical abilities gave our discussions at the Wednesday Night Suppers depth and light. Nor did he abandon his indifference to professional impartiality after his stroke: our political discussions informed and enlarged my life. Nor will Elaine and I ever forget the enjoyment we got reading together out loud books meant for young teens but also highly entertaining for seniors such as BUNNICULA.

John Weiss Nov 19 2021 8:24 AM

I will miss you more than I can say. You were always there when I needed to talk to someone. You kind and loving eyes will forever be in my memory. I hope to reunite with you in heaven. I miss and love you so so much dad.

Allegra Shortle Nov 18 2021 1:54 PM