Rickey Michael Shortes

Rickey Michael Shortes, 64, of Hewitt, left this life to join his Lord and Savior Sunday, September 2, 2018, surrounded by his wife and children.

He was born July 1, 1954, in Big Spring to the late O. Algie Shortes and J. Juanita Bryant.

He attended Odessa Permian High School and still followed his Permian Panthers.

Rick was a mountain of a man with a thunderous voice. He passed away as he lived, fast, and hard. He married the love of his life, Tanya L. Shortes, on February 15, 1986 and they had two children and later, a granddaughter. He was known for his diligent work and steely ethics whether it was as a glass fabricator, service industry manager, or as a truck driver. He was a great father, husband, role model, and friend to all that he came in contact with. He could walk into any room and grab all the attention or seamlessly mix with any crowd.

Rickey’s memory will be cherished by his wife of 32 years, Tanya Shortes; children, Cara Beth Shortes and Michael Shortes;  daughter-in-law, Rhyan L. Lene; his granddaughter, Aurora N. Nutt, all of Hewitt; his brothers, A. David Shortes of Odessa and Greg Shortes of Arlington; niece, April Shortes of Andrews; nephews, Zack Shortes and Bryan Shortes of Austin, and Kyle Shortes of Odessa; several great-nieces and great-nephews; in-laws; cousins; loving family members; and friends and all who knew him.

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900


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  1. Whenever Rick walked through the door with his BIG smile, I would hold my breath for a second because I did not know what he was going to say or do. He always looked like a kid with a secret.
    He was a good mate for Tanya!!

  2. Rick, my sweet brother in law will be missed! I had the honor in walking the isle with his best man Wayne and stand by my sister Tanya, while the two were married.

    It was the best of times when Kent & I lived across the street from Rick, Tanya and the kids. We spent many hours at each house making lots of memories.
    There was one time that Kent was out of town and I saw a HUGE spider on the curtain in our living room and was in a panic. I called Rick and asked “can you please come over I’m so scared.” He acted like it was no problem but when he came over all he could do was laugh. He said he thought it was something deadly by the way I was telling him about it. It was a little scorpion that yes would have hurt like mad if it stung me but defently not deadly. He didn’t let me forget that for awhile..

    I loved how he loved my sister and a great Dad to Cara & Mike.

  3. Rick meant a lot to me. My first time meeting him I was a bit nervous. Mike was a big guy so I knew his dad had to be at least as big. Sure enough in comes this mountain of a man with arms longer then I am tall! But he treated me like one of mikes childhood friends even though I had only become friends with Mike as an adult. His conversations were always cool and interesting for me. I also see where Mike got his humor. I remember him being so fond of my dog Mike, saying he wanted to keep him as a road dog. So you bet I made sure he was at the top of the list when my dog had puppies and I was more then happy to drive down and deliver the pup. I loved Rick and I’m not sure many on this earth who meet him won’t feel his absense.

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