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Ronald L. Shields

Ronald Lewis Shields was born southwest of Kellerton in Ringgold County, Iowa on the family farm September 13, 1934. Ronald was the first-born child of Kenneth Leo and Juanita Natalie Whisler Shields. He was later joined by sister Sheryol Lee and brother Edward Linn. He attended country schools and then high school in Mount Ayr. He joined the Marines in May of 1954 with three of his friends, Doyle Stuck, Bob Wheeler and Arvid Woollums. His basic training was at San Diego, California. He was later stationed in Japan, Hawaii, and 29 Palms California.

He was honorably discharged in May 1957 and returned to Iowa where he met Joan Kay "JoKaye" Huffman. They were married on September 22, 1957 at the First Christian Church. They were blessed with three children, Rodney Lynn, Roni Lorelle, and Roger Lewis (Pete). Later, JoKaye's cousin, Allan Jeffrey (Jeff) Woody joined the family and was raised as one of their own.

Ronnie worked for Harvey Brothers, J.I. Case Company, and McCullough Motors and he and his dad drove a semi for John Ruan Company, Blockton Oil Company, Easterly Nelson and John Henry. He later bought a farm and started farming on his own. When he retired, he became an "over the road" truck driver for Boots Bedier and Stan Curtis which he enjoyed immensely. Later he bought his own rig. JoKaye was able to spend time with him during his trucking years, going with him on many trips.

When he re-retired, Ronnie spent many hours restoring four John Deere tractors and a Case tractor. He enjoyed the tractor rides when his health permitted. Many hours were also spent gardening and keeping the lawn and flowers tended. They spent 16 years wintering in Arizona, making many new friends.

Ronnie especially enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family time was very important to him. He, his mother, Roni and Roger were baptized into the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr by his brother, Ed Shields, where he remained a member.

He passed away July 10, 2018. He was preceded in death by great granddaughter Gracie Marie Waske.

He is survived by his wife JoKaye of 60 years, children; Rodney (Stacey) Shields, Roni "Cricket" Waske (Tim Nichols), Roger "Pete" (Amy) Shields, and Jeff (Brenda) Woody, grandchildren; Andy (Tara) Shields, Aleha Whittington, Aaron Shields, Joshua (Amanda) Waske, Jaycob (Karla) Waske, Joe (Amanda) Waske, Brandie (Bret) Ruggles, Brett (Melissa) Shields, Brennon (Bailey) Shields, Cameron and Allan Woody, 20 great-grandchildren, sister Sheryol (R.C.) Rush, brother Ed (Kathy) Shields, sister-in-law Karen (Mike) Clark, nephew Ken (Christine) Rush, nieces; Natalie (Barry) Phelps, Erika (Ryan) Welch, Emily (Richard) Shelley, and Kemmie Hebensperger (JoAnn Genewick), many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services: 10:00 am - Saturday, July 14, 2018 – First Christian Church-Mount Ayr, Iowa

Officiant: Pastor Edward Shields

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fri. July 13 – First Christian Church-Mount Ayr, Iowa

Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fri. July 13 – First Christian Church-Mount Ayr, Iowa

Memorials: Ringgold Post #172 American Legion or HCI Care Services of Mount Ayr

Military Rites: Ringgold Post #172 American Legion and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr, Iowa

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Jo Kaye and Family, so sad to hear of Ronnie's passing, I am proud to say that I knew him and had the opportunity to have known, worked for & with Ronnie and each of his children in one capacity or another. He was a well rounded man, always with a smile & ready to lend a hand if needed. Know that there is no pain or suffering in the place he has passed on to, and we will all meet again one day.

Doug Richie Jul 14 2018 12:00 AM

Oh gosh, I have so many fond memories of Ronnie. From card parties in the 60's & 70's, to wrestling match trips. I am thinking of you all and sending my love, prayers and concerns. JoKaye, Roni, Pete, and Rod i know your memories will last a lifetime! I love you all.

Mary Brand Jul 13 2018 12:00 AM

Jo Kaye, Crickett, and family. We were so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We didn't have the opportunity to get to know him well, but always enjoyed the visits to your home. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Jo Kaye you are so fortunate to have all your children there to support you.

Bill and Sharon Paschke Jul 13 2018 12:00 AM

JoKaye and family, Sorry to learn of Ronnie's passing. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort and give you strength! I know you have lots of fun memories! God Bless! Jane & Bob

Jane & Bob Thomas Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

Jo Kay, Cricket, Rod, and Pete : We are so sorry to hear of Ron passing !! From the first day we met you guys in Mesa Sprit R. V. Park, we knew you and Ron were going to be fun !!!!! sitting around the R.V's and talking and laughing!! When Ron would come over and sit and listen with Mike to Merle Haggard and have a little nip from his pepsi bottle , Pepsi ha ha,!! and when you brought over your 100 proof hooch and gave me a sip., and all of us trying to get those John Deere jig saw puzzles put together, We will surely miss Ron?, Sending all our prays and hugs to you, ???? Love you, and we better see you here in AZ. this Winter!!!!

Mike and Ginger Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

JoKay, Rod and Pete: I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have many a fond memories of working with Ronnie getting that fence just right or trying to rake hay just right so he could make that perfect bale. Learned a lot and always had an enjoyable time, and Ronnie's smile always made it enjoyable. What a real neighbor he was to everyone. Please be assured of our love and concern over your loss. Here's a couple scriptures that always gave me comfort in times like this. Isaiah 25:8 and John 5:28,29

Joey and Jean Richardson Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying and sending you all virtual hugs and love.

Kevin and Lizz Larsen Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jo Kay and family. Ronnie was a very special person with a big heart. He always had a twinkle in his eye. We enjoyed spending time with him in Arizona where we first met. He will be missed.

Ivan & Arthleen Larson Jul 12 2018 12:00 AM

We send you our love and prayers! May God bless you now and forever Love, Dee and John....XO

Diana and John Euritt Jul 11 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this. Lots of good memories of Ronnie, enjoyed him driving for us. Take care JoKay and family, thinking of you guys. ? Stan and Barb Curtis

Stan and Barb Curtis Jul 11 2018 12:00 AM

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