James L. Shields, 88, of Forty Fort, passed away Friday morning at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Born in Larksville, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Florence (Conner) Shields. He was a graduate of the Larksville High School, class of 1942, and attended Wilkes College for three years. Jim was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 328 Infantry Regiment of Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army. He served in the European Theatre in Czechoslovakia, France and Germany, where he received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions during combat and the Purple Heart Medal for his wounds he received during the Rhineland Campaign in 1944. After his honorable discharge, he was employed in customer service and as a supervisor for the U.S. Post Office, Wilkes-Barre, until his retirement.
Jim was a member of the St. Ignatius of the Loyola Church, Kingston, the American Legion, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. He was an avid Phillies and Notre Dame football fan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy Sabowski, in 2002; daughter, Mary Beth Shields, in 2010; and his granddaughter, Lisa Shields, in 2011.
Surviving are his sons, James Shields and his, wife Michele, San Francisco, Calif., and Joseph Shields and his wife Mary Jo, Forty Fort; grandchildren, Heather Shields, San Francisco, Calif., James Shields, Pittsburgh, and David Stare, Joseph Shields and Michael Shields, all of Forty Fort; and great-granddaughter Samantha Stare.
Funeral for Jim will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, Kingston. Interment with military honors will be held in the parish cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship Foundation, 575 Gibson Ave., Kingston, PA 18704. For information, or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at www.hughbhughes.com.
Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc.
1044 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
Published in Times Leader on Aug. 25, 2013