Zen Zan Shorter Jr., 89, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born February 24, 1930 in Danville, Va., he was the son of the late Mozelle Thomas Shorter and Zen Zan Shorter Sr. Mr. Shorter was educated in the Danville, Va. schools, graduated from Whitmore High School, attended Virginia Poly Institute, Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Virginia Tech. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving 27 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. Later he was a Laboratory Technologist at the W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center for 19 years before retiring. Mr. Shorter was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Harold B. Jarret American Legion Post 342, the Hudson-Miller-Tatum V.F. W. Post 3006, National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and the Air Force Sergeants Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Patricia Pace Shorter on June 24, 2016, and a sister, Delores Anne McDowell. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Dennis Shorter and wife, Melanie, Matthew Shorter and wife, Amy, Carol Arnold and husband, Mark, all of Salisbury, N.C.; sister, Ramona Tuck of Gretna, Va.; brother, Gene Shorter and wife, Nora, of Oak Island, N.C.; brother-in-law, Don McDowell of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Annika Collins of Dripping Springs, Texas, Jennifer Naves, Natalie Osterhaus, Aaron Arnold, Nathan Shorter and Olivia Shorter all of Salisbury; great-grandchildren, Barrett Collins and Bailey Collins of Dripping Springs, Texas, Jaidyn Naves and Emory Osterhaus of Salisbury, N.C. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Brad Miller, officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the U.S. Air Force. The family would like to extend big thank you to Gene Biddix for being a special neighbor, friend and caregiver of Zen Shorter. Memorials may be made to the NC State Veterans Home, 1601 Brenner Ave., Salisbury, NC 28144. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Shorter family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.

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