Morris W. Shields, 96, formerly of Jackson Center, passed away Thursday morning, June 26, 2014, at Sidney Care Center, Sidney.
He was born in rural Bellefontaine on Jan. 17, 1918, to the late John and Norma Morris Shields.
On Feb. 28, 1943, he married the former Phyllis A. Leister and she preceded him in death Jan. 19, 2007. Morris was also preceded in death by two daughters, Marilyn and Susann; a sister, Wanda Swartz; and a brother, Wilber Shields.
Morris is survived by daughters, Norma Jones of Jackson Center and Linda Myers of Russells Point; seven grandchildren, Nancy Lindsey, Mark Dudgeon, Beth Williams, Kathy Gamble, Vincent Ambos, Jennifer Caldwell and Cindy Craft; 12 great-grandchildren, Jerry Dudgeon, Hannah Gamble, Abigail Gamble, Molly Gamble, Drayson Gamble, Acel Gamble, Brandy Sealscott, Brooke Sealscott, Mason Williams, Grant Helman, Hope Craft and Blaine O’Leary; two great-stepgrandchildren, Chris Vincent and Megan Vincent; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Morris was a lifelong farmer and previously served as a McArthur Township trustee. He also was a former member of the Huntsville School Board.
Morris enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and woodworking.
No services are planned and burial is at a later date in Huntsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Jackson Center, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.