FORREST WAYNE SHIELDS
Forrest Wayne Shields, 86, was born on November 5, 1926 to Claude (Bill) Shields of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Lula (McLain) Shields from the Davis City, Iowa area. Forrest attended rural school at Wolf Valley.
He attended rural churches in Caledonia and Pleasant Hill. As a confirmation of faith Forrest was baptized in Junior Shields’ pond. Forrest was active in the Assembly of God Church for many years and later moved his membership to the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church, both in Mount Ayr.
Forrest faithfully served his country as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. After training in California, he spent 10 months in Japan before moving into Korea for police action during the peacekeeping. He proudly served from October 1950 to October 1952. Forrest also earned his 50+ year membership in the American Legion.
On November 29, 1958 Forrest took Carmeta Joye Thomas of Grant City, Missouri as his bride. Magistrate Judge Harry Kibbe performed the ceremony in his home in Grant City. The newlyweds resided south of Mount Ayr where Forrest was engaged in farming until January 1967. They then moved to Mount Ayr and lived there until both entered Clearview Home in January 2012.
Forrest was employed by the City of Mount Ayr from 1968 until 2001. He was affectionately referred to as ‘Pappy’ by the other employees.
Forrest was always present at the school activities of his children and grandchildren. He often made the trip to Mount Pleasant for the annual Old Threshers’ Reunion every Labor Day weekend. Forrest knew Thursday was ‘lemon ice cream day’ at the Dari Sweet as lemon was Forrest’s favorite flavor. He very seldom missed the opportunity to watch ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ or ‘Lawrence Welk.’ Forever the helpful handyman, he never turned down a project at home or for anyone in need within the community.
Forrest and Carmeta were blessed with two wonderful children, Nancy Ann and David Wayne, who were the joy of their lives.
Forrest passed away May 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Left to cherish the fond memories of Forrest besides extended family and friends are his wife of 54 years, Carmeta; sister, Freda Shields of Mount Ayr, Iowa; daughter, Nancy (Neal) Greenberg of Elkhorn, Nebraska; son, David (Kim) Shields of Mount Ayr, Iowa; five grandchildren, Amber (Brian) Fooken, Ashley (Mike) Denker, Alicia Shields, April Shields and Aaron Greenberg; three great-grandchildren, Trey and Kenleigh Fooken and Avery Denker.
A memorial fund has been established in his name. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr on Monday, May 20, 2013, with Pastor Michael Maddy and Pastor Barton Shields officiating. Musicians included Nancy Sackett, Mary Davenport and Margaret Bickers.
Casket bearers were Sons of the American Legion — Kelly James, John Whittington, Harold Crawford, Bernard Crawford, John David Walkup and Rick Bender.
Honorary pallbearers included Amber Fooken, Ashley Denker, Alicia Shields, April Shields and Aaron Greenberg.
Military rites were by Ringgold Post #172 and Iowa Honor Guard Unit.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.