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Dr. Richard Shields

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Dr. Richard L. Shields, age 75 of Waverly, formerly of Nashua died Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Waverly Health Center. Friends may greet the family 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Tendril’s Rooftop Garden on the fourth floor of the Waverly Health Center. There will be a 7:00 p.m. service officiated by Pastor Okitakoyi Lundula of the United Methodist Church, Nashua and the Tyrrell Masonic Lodge #116 of Waverly. There will be a 10:30 a.m. graveside service Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua. Hugeback and Chenoweth Funeral Home, Nashua is in charge of arrangements. Richard L. Shields was born November 16, 1935, in Belle Plaine, IA the son of Walter G. and Maxine (Allen) Shields. In June of 1955, he graduated from Waterloo West High School. He enrolled in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged in 1957. He then attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. On September 26, 1959 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Waterloo, he was united in marriage to Karen Ohler. To this union, four children were born. The couple moved to Davenport where Richard attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. He graduated in 1961 and the family moved to Nashua where they resided until 2003. He owned and operated his own chiropractic clinic in Nashua until he retired in 1999. Richard was active with the Boy Scouts, a past master of the Bradford Masonic Lodge, President of the Nashua School Board. He served as mayor of Nashua and also as a city council member. He was very active in the economic development of Nashua and served as the Vice Chairman of the North Iowa Transportation Committee which supervised construction on the Avenue of the Saints. Karen and Richard did extensive traveling in their motor home with the family, and also abroad. Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years, Karen; two sons, Derik (Kim) Shields of Griswold, IA, Patrick (Diane) Shields of Waverly; a daughter, Kathy (Dean) Shields-Ruth of Waverly; a daughter-in-law, Kim Bigelow of Nashua; four grandchildren, Chris Shields, Mitch (Hillary) Shields, Amber (Michael) Richardson, Elizabeth Ruth; three great grandchildren, Gunnar, Finn, and Corie Richardson. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Cory in 1981; and one brother, Don Shields. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to one of the following: Palmer College of Chiropractic Attn: Development Office 1000 Brady Street Davenport, IA 52803 Nashua Fire Department PO Box 38 Nashua, Iowa 50658

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  1. Dear Family: I happened across the obituary of Dr Shields. I am formerly of Nashua 79-89, and knew him then. I send my respects and condolences. Respectfully Yours Jon H

  2. Karen and family, we are indeed sorry to hear of Richards’ death. You have our sincere sympathy. Geri and Lloyd Oltrogge

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss. It is a hard rite of passage to lose a parent. I will keep you in my prayers. May you all have many fond memories.

  4. Karen and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you cope with Dick’s passing. Dick was truly a pillar of the community and committed to doing his part to improve the schools and city. I remember having many interesting conversations with him when visiting your house. He will be missed! Suzy and Keith Turner

  5. Karen and family of Doc. We will miss all the visits with Doc and his big smile. Just take one day at a time and remember we are thinking of you.

  6. Dear Karen & Family, Les and I are so sorry to hear of Dr. Shield’s death. He was such a special man and will be missed.

  7. Dear Karen and family, My cousin, Diane Hammond, e-mailed me that Doc had passed away. I am so sorry to hear the news but also know that he has been in poor health for quite some tme. He is at peace and pain free. His death is not what you want, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Those words helped me so much when Bob died. I have such wonderful, fond memories of you and your family all the years you lived next door to Mother. You were wonderful neighbors and were so good to her. I remember her laughing when she looked out her kitchen window to see a ‘big bird’ (Doc) picking red raspberries for her berry patch for his cereal. I have so many other memories that I cherish too. In the coming days, may you find peace and comfort in loving memories, family, friends and faith. You have my deepest sympathies and love, Jean

  8. I am sorry to learn of the loss of Richard. I know he will be dearly missed. It will be so nice when our ‘enemy death is brought to nothing’. (1 Corinthians 15:26) We can only imagine what it will be like when Richard is resurrected and is able to enjoy the love and company of his family and friends. (Acts 24:15) I hope that Jehovah the ‘God of all comfort’ will help you during this time of need. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

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