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“Mike,So sorry to hear about your dad. I did not find our until after the service. Your dad was a great man and always treated me very well. Mary and...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Pat McLaughlin - Huntington, IN

“We are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed talking to him when he would come into Huntington Electric. He was a very nice man. You and your family are in...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: MISSY AND Jr Vebert - Huntington, IN

“Patti and family,Jodi and I wanted you to know that we are both thinking about you during this time of great loss. The memories that you all have of...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Matthew & Jodi DuCharme - Toronto

“Tim and Family So Sorry for your loss , Your Father was a corner stone of the community and certainly of your family always Your Friend Dave Belschner ”
4 of 19 | Posted by: Dave Belschner

“Fairytales can come true, if you are young at heart Jim sang this song to me every year at the Merrill Lynch Christmas party He was a great mentor...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Lydia Slaughter Kokovay - IN

“Mike,Tim,and Patty,I am so sorry for your loss. Your Father was my Father's stock broker and I met him as a youngester at Merrill with my dad and...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Byron Braun - Fort wayne, IN

“I absolutely enjoyed taking care of Jim. He was a great person and always made my day. I'm going to miss him a lot especially, his stories about his...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Angel Jones - Fort Wayne, IN

“Jim shields was one of the most remarkable men I have ever met. He lived life to the fullest and left behind an astounding rags to riches story that...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere condolences for your loss. Jim and Margaret were great friends to my parents, Bob & Leigh Wallace. Keeping the Shields family in my...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Brown - Chillicothe, IL

“Mike,I was very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing, and I will remember your family in my prayers. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Roger Smith - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mike, Tim and Patty,So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May the Lord give you and your families peace and comfort. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Chris Coenen (Rosswurm) - FL

“Rest in Peace Jim Shields. I worked for WaterFurnace from December 2006 to April 2010. Prayers for Tim and Beth and the rest of the family.He always...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Andy Fracica - FORT WAYNE, IN

“Uncle Jim. Was my mom's big brother, my godfather, the family patriarch, a fellow Buffalonian, an extremely successful businessman, a helping hand...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Ellsworth - Buffalo, NY

“RIP Jim Shields,prayers to the family! ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Steve and Pam Wafford - Poneto, IN

“Mike and Julie-So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed running into your dad at the Towne House and loved talking to him. Please know that you and your...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Patty Shank - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Katie,I'm very sorry for your loss. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Courtney Bowlin - Fort Wayne, IN

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17 of 19 | Posted by: Bobby Blair - Los Angeles, CA

“Sorry for your loss Many blessings ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Anell Roach - Charlevoix, MI

“I always knew Uncle Jim was a very successful man. I wish I would have had more times and memories with Uncle Jim. One memory my Dad Davey Joe told...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Kathleen Garrett. Shields - FL

James Redmond Shields was born in Buffalo, New York, on August 13, 1923 to William and Mary Shields. He grew up in Fostoria, Ohio. James attended St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, on football and track scholarships, before deploying to serve his country during World War II. Returning from serving as an officer in the Merchant Marine in World War II, James married his wife of nearly seventy years, Margaret (née Scheiber) Shields on November 15, 1947. Following World War II, James pursued a twenty-eight year career with Merrill Lynch. He took that knowledge to invest in and develop numerous companies, including WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps. As James put it, "Starting a business and being successful is the American way of life. I believe that if you have the money to invest, and you can employ others, you are doing something worthwhile." For his commitment and accomplishments, James was inducted into the Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame in 2009. James believed that with great power comes great responsibility: "God has been very good to me and my family, so I consider it my duty to give back to our community, local charities, and schools. It is an honor to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to me." That philosophy led James to serve on many community boards and charitable organizations over the years, including the Board of Trustees for the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for 22 years, St. Anne Home and Retirement Community, St. Joseph's College, and the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. In addition, he was a friend and benefactor to Bishop Dwenger High School, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Saint Jude Catholic Parish, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, Matthew 25 Health And Dental Clinic, and the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. among others. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Shields; children, Michael (Julie) Shields, Timothy (Beth) Shields, Patty (Michael) Khorshid; 7 grandchildren, Katie (Ben) Roussel, Kelly (Fabiana) Shields, Tim Shields, Jim (Katie) Khorshid, Dan (Alexandria) Khorshid, Bill (Amanda) Khorshid, Molly Khorshid; and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:30AM at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church 1502 E. Wallen Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825, with calling 1 hour prior. Visitation will take place on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Chapel 1320 E. Dupont Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm with Rosary service at 3:30pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Dwenger High School, Matthew 25 Health And Dental Clinic, or the Community Harvest Food Bank.