George Edward Shields
1939 - 2021
Justen Funeral Home & Crematory
3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road
McHenry, IL 60050
George Edward Shields
Born: June 4, 1939 in Chicago, IL
Died: May 5, 2021 in Rockford, IL
George Edward Shields a U.S. Navy Veteran
Preceded in death by his parents, George Shields and Lucille (Smith) Shields and a brother, William Shields.
Survived by his loving wife of over 54 years, Janyce Anne Shields (Mutnansky); children, Catherine Shields, Mary Shields (Eugene Knudsen), Anne Elgar (Kirk); grandchildren, Branden Elgar, Kyle Knudsen, Kelly Knudsen; Siblings Louis Shields and Jane Vigil as well as many extended family and friends.
George graduated from Blue Island High School, Class of 1957. He attended the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation at Urbana-Champaign as an Evans Scholar where he earned his A & P (Airframe & Powerplant) Aircraft Mechanics License.
He started his career in the airline industry as a ticket agent for American Airlines.
He entered the US Navy where he served on Active Duty- Mediterranean Cruise on the U.S.S. Sabine, with his last duty assignment on the U.S.S. Canberra CAG2. After the Navy, he worked for Crane
Company in Chicago as an order correspondent, where he met his future bride in 1965. George and Janyce were married on January 21, 1967 at Queen of Martyrs Church, Evergreen Park, Illinois.
George started working for TWA as an Aircraft Mechanic in 1968 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1974, the family moved to Marengo, Illinois. He was transferred to St. Louis Lambert International Airport in 1981. He commuted until the family moved to Highland, Illinois in 1987.
At TWA, George worked the line. He especially enjoyed engine changes and taxiing aircraft. Later in his career, he worked as a Crew Chief. TWA was acquired by American Airlines where he worked as a Coordinating Crew Chief until he retired in December, 2004.
In 2006, George and Janyce moved to Belvidere, Illinois to be closer to family.
George enjoyed fishing, especially at Lake Wisconsin, golfing and reading books about aircraft.
Over the years, George and Janyce enjoyed many trips. Some of their fondest memories were from going to Disney World with family and visiting lifelong friends Larry and Carol in Anchorage, Alaska. They also enjoyed yearly TWA picnics and luncheons with the TWA Seniors Club.
Visitation will be held at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Illinois on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 2-3 pm. Funeral Mass will be at 3 pm. Burial will follow at The Church of Holy Apostles Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in his name to The Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry, Illinois.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Justen Funeral Home & Crematory in McHenry, Illinois. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit, where friends and loved ones may share memories of George on his tribute wall.

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Published by Northwest Herald from May 7 to May 11, 2021.
2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
The Church of Holy Apostles
5211 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Illinois
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The Church of Holy Apostles
5211 W Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Illinois
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Dear Jannice and daughters: I am sending my heart fell condolence and empathy. May the memories console your souls and bring you serenity and peace. I will always have George in a confirmed and reserved space in my thoughts and prayers
Marcelo Lara-Ona
May 13, 2021
The most gentle, kind and loving spirit I had the privilege to know through his loving daughter, Mary. What a blessing Mr. Shields you are to your family and what an honor it is to witness your legacy.
Marge Klasa
May 12, 2021
George was a kind and pleasant person, it was fun to be around him! God bless you George! May you rest in peace Brother!
Paul Lowe
May 10, 2021
Love the Medvids and Humeniaks
May 10, 2021
My family is truly sorry for your loss. We were saddened to hear George had passed away and hope you feel surrounded by love, prayers and comfort.
Andrea Medvid
May 10, 2021
Anne, My Dear Friend, You and your family have my sincerest and deepest condolences. I am heart broken to know the pain you all are going through right now. You all have been and will continue to be lifted up in my prayers. God Bless you all!! Love Denene
Denene S Lewis
May 9, 2021
Deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one
JoAnn Franzen
May 8, 2021
Anne, although I´ve never met your family, I stood in prayer with you all through this. I am continuing to lift you ALL up before The LORD for comfort and peace.
India Blakely
May 8, 2021
George, you're the kind of guy we can all call a lifetime friend, good memories forever. Steve
steve kolish
May 7, 2021