John Thomas "Tommy" Shields, 76, of Red Bud, IL, passed away at 2:51 PM January 16, 2021, at Mercy South, in St. Louis, MO. He was born on December 12, 1944, in Red Bud, IL.
He is survived by his wife Neda Shields nee Swonger; children Roger (Elizabeth) Shields, Kellie (Wayne) Bradshaw, and Lori Shields; brother Joe (Marla) Shields; sisters Connie (Steve) Kopec, & Bridget Warren; grandchildren Cody (Katie), Zachary (Tiffany), James (Jammie), Katelynn (Jeremy), Micaela (Anthony), Tillie (Brandon), Wyatt, Andrew, Audrey, Natalie, Charis, Aleaha, and Annelise; great grandchildren Cheyenne, Olivia, Hudson, Thomas, Harmony, John Hunter, and Heather; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; & cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents Leo & Marcella (nee Dougherty) Shields; grandchildren John Thomas, Amanda and Nicholas Bradshaw; brother-in-law Terry Warren.
Tommy attended 12 years of catholic school at SPPS; he was a member of St. Patrick Church - Tipton, IL; he proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1963 to 1967 and was a Vietnam Veteran. He received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ one Bronze Star, and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a VFW member of Post 6632, retired from Chrysler after 34 years, and was a member of UAW Local 110. Tommy raised our 3 children and was legal guardian of brother Joe & sister Connie after their mom and dad passed. He was the best husband, father, brother, grandpa we could ever want. We cannot imagine life without him & will never quit missing him. (Note) A very proud Irishman.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Masses at St. Patrick Church - Tipton or St. Patrick Cemetery Fund
3 PM to 8 PM Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Quernheim Funeral Home
*due to COVID-19, only 10 visitors will be allowed to pay their respects at a time
8 AM until 9:15 AM Friday at Quernheim Funeral Home
10 AM Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Patrick Church in Tipton, IL
Father Linus Umoren C.M. officiating
**Only up to 30 people will be allowed in church.**
Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton, IL
**All are welcome to the cemetery**