Duane Joseph "Shorty" Berchtold, 75 of Chillicothe passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at his residence.
Born December 20, 1936 in Princeville, IL the son of Robert Thomas and Eva Ellen (Pitchard) Berchtold.
Surviving are two sons; Pat Berchtold of Chillicothe and Mike (Lorna) Berchtold of Chillicothe, 6 grandchildren; Rachale, Amy, Jamie, Nicole, Rebecca and Brandon, 2 great-grandchildren; Isaac and Tristen. Also surviving are one sister; Nancy Johnson of Chillicothe and one brother; Ronnie (Jackie) Berchtold of Chillicothe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother; Roger.
Shorty worked for Kroger as a butcher for 20 years. He owned and operated the Short Loin Market in Chillicothe for 35 years.
He was a member of Speer Congregational Church.
He was past president of the Chillicothe Sportsman's Club and was a member of the Peoria Casting Club in Chillicothe.
He coached Men's Fast Pitch Team at the Peoria Stadium for 15 years in the 1960's and 1970's. He also was a bookkeeper and coach for the IVC Softball Team and the Blue Devil's Traveling Softball team for 10 years with his sons.
Cremation rites will be accorded and private family services will be held. Memorials may be made to Rescue 33. Weber-Hurd Funeral Home is in charge of services. Online condolences my be made to the family at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com