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August 31, 1966 – Saturday, April 24, 2010

Service Information
The Community Center, Old Agency Village
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Gavin Vernon Shortman, age 43, of Rosholt, South Dakota journeyed to the Spirit World on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Coteau des Prairies Hospital in Sisseton, South Dakota.

He was born on August 31, 1966 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Donald Shortman and Gail L. Barse.

Gavin attended schools at Peever Public School, Sisseton Middle School and Pierre Learning Center when he set a record as weight lifter. He attended Kicking Horse Jobs Corps in Montana where he received his GED.

He was employed in road construction at The Dakota Sioux Casino and other employement as a laborer.

Gavin was a life-long resident of The Lake Traverse Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation.

Gavin lived at Lake Traverse with his family Gavlynn, Mona, Kendall & Samantha Shortman and Fern Keeble.

He liked to have cookouts, listen to his favorite songs and laugh with his brothers and sisters. Gavin also liked to play horse shoes, cards, dominos, just hanging out and cooking.

He really loved spending time with his girls! Gavin enjoyed spearing and fishing down on Lake Traverse.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends!

Survived by his father: Donald Lee Shortman; his mother: Gail L. Barse; loving companion: Fern Keeble; daughters: Gavlynn Shortman, Mona Shortman, Kendall Shortman and Samatha Shortman; a brother: Quentin Barse; brothers & sisters who reside in Montana: Divie Lee Shorman, Farrell Shorthman, Danalda Shortman, Danna Shortman, John Grant, Dawn Marie Schaeffer and Edward Lavenger; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Gavin Shortman will be held on Wednesday, April 28th at 2:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Pastor Eugene King Sr., Father Charles Chan, John Cloud III, Gerald Heminger Jr. and Pastor Jim Muskrat will officiate. Interment St. Mary’s Episcopal Cemetery.

An all night wake will be held TODAY, Tuesday, April 27th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Special music will be provide by Old Agency Drum Group-Bernard Brothers
Pianist will be Kaye Bursheim.

Honorary Pallbearers: All of his friends and relatives.

Casket Bearers will be Romeo Renville, Curt Snow, Todd Marks, Michael LaFontaine, Allen Shepherd, Dean Renville, Leonard Shepherd and Brandon Shepherd.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. DavieLee Shortman

    Sorry for your loss for all those who were near and dear to my brother’s heart. I loved his voice and especially his laughter. R.I.P. my brother, I will miss you.

  2. Lisa DeMarrias

    Fern and family, I am sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my prayers.

  3. Winona Thompson & Family

    Fern & Family:
    Sending our condolences and prayers in your time of sorrow.

  4. Linette Beaudreau

    To my friend and his family,
    You were a one of a kind person so full of laughter-jokes-smiles and compassion. You would give your shirt off your back for anyone in need and you took so much “PRIDE” in your family/frieds. When times get tough/lonely your friends will have these memories to reflect back on because you have touched so many with your thoughful-caring ways! So today my friend may you RIP and watch over/guide your loved one’s from above… a friend.

  5. Linette Beaudreau

    To my friend,
    You will always be that special friend whom everyone enjoyed being around by the way you smiled-laughed-joked and by your compassion for others. You had so much “PRIDE” for all you knew and may you continue taking care of your loved one’s from above… So today my friend may you RIP and until we meet again keep on smiling! Your friend Linette

  6. Charlotte Keoke

    Gail, I’m so very sorry for your loss. I have very good memories of Gavin that will last forever. The last time I saw him was a few months ago and he was happy and joking with me like he would always do. He will always have a special place in my heart and in my memories. I send my most sincere and deepest empathy to you and Gavin’s children and extended family.

  7. Ronni Keeble

    R.I.P Uncle!


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