James M. “Shorty” Douglass

November 23, 2023

James Milton “Shorty” Douglass, 96, of Frankfort, died November 23, 2023 at Wesley Manor.  He was born February 3, 1927 in Clinton County, Ind. to Earl Neely & Bernice (Stern) Douglass.  He married Patricia Anne Douglass on June 21, 1947 in Centralia, Illinois and she preceded him in death on June 17 2007.

James was a 1945 graduate of Kirklin High School.  He worked for Nickel Plate Norfolk & Western railroad as a switchman for 37 ½ years, retiring on August 8, 1988.  James was a member of the Scotland Christian Church, AARP-UTU and the John Purdue Club. During his younger years, he was very involved with youth baseball.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling and loved to travel.


This service will be live-streamed at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2023.  To participate, please click the link below.  


Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Survived by:

Sons: Gregory J. (Kathy) Douglass of W. Lafayette, Craig A. (Deborah) Douglass of Frankfort, Brother: J. Wesley Douglass of Fort Wayne, 5 Grandchildren: Chad (Brenda) Douglass, Andrea (Gary) Drew, Allison (Derrick) Ridenour, Amy (Ron) Huelskamp and Joshua (Melissa) Douglass, 13 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great-Grandson.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Megan Douglass and a brother, Dick Douglass.


Leave your Condolences

7 Condolences for “James M. “Shorty” Douglass”

  1. Benjamin Stillwell November 24, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    He was my little league coach. My prayers go out to all in the family at this time. God bless and keep you all in the family at this time. God Bless and keep you all and give you all great memories of him. May he rest in peace in our Savior’s arms in Heaven.

  2. Kim Leach Wiles November 24, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss, my dad bowled with some of you, praying for the family.

  3. Tina Morelock November 25, 2023 at 7:51 am

    My deepest sympathy for Grandpa Jim’s family. He was always including me in family functions and endless love and encouragement. Love to all the family

  4. Rosie Skiles November 25, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    So sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. We had many fun times with the Boilermaker Network trips supporting women’s basketball. May the memories and love remain forever in your hearts.

  5. Treesie November 29, 2023 at 9:39 pm

    Craig, sympathies to you and your family in the loss of shorty. My dad was a yard clerk and he and shorty worked together the yards.

  6. Marsha Douglass (Bergman) November 30, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    My deepest condolences to Greg and Craig. Sorry I was not able to be there today, but, I was glad to see they are live streaming. I’ll definitely be logging in. Uncle Jimmy will always be remembered and loved. I remember spending a lot of time with Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Pat, Greg and Craig. They were always good times.

    • Craig Douglass December 1, 2023 at 10:33 am

      Thank you Marsha for that note. We did always have a good time when we were all able to get together. I have many fond memories of the times we were all at Grandma Kings for various special events.

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