Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


May 20, 2013

Jack Shields, 74

BATESVILLE — Jack Richard Shields, 74, was born Nov. 27, 1938, in Indianapolis to Jack Emerson Shields, M.D., and Beatrice Helen (Pedicord) Shields. He departed this earth May 17, 2013, at St. Andrews Health Campus.  

Jack was married to his loving wife, Janet (Morgan) Shields, Sept. 29, 1980, in Jellico, Tenn., and she survives.

He is survived by four children: Jack A. Shields, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Sarah V. Shields, Milton, Fla., Seth M. (Nicole) Shields, Dayton, Ohio, and Katherine E. (Paul) Schils, Cincinnati.

The true loves of his life, his grandchildren, also survive: Jake Shields, Lauren Pinkney, Isabella Shields, Conner Shields and the newest grandchild, who was born the day he left this world, Olivia Schils. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren.

Jack is survived by his brother, Joseph E. Shields, Greensburg.   

He was predeceased by his parents and sister Jerry K. Shields.

Mr. Shields graduated from high school in his beloved hometown of Brownstown and was class president all four years. He attended Wabash College and was inducted into the Kappa Sigma fraternity.  He then transferred to Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1964.

Jack settled in Batesville and was in the private practice of law for 49 years. He was a member of the American, Indiana and Ripley County bar associations and a past president of the Ripley County Bar.  

He served two terms as Ripley County prosecuting attorney, and was president of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association in 1973. He was also admitted to practice before the Indiana and United States Supreme Courts.

He served as town attorney for Milan and Sunman. Jack was proud of the many appeals he filed, several of which resulted in new case law. He was a fierce advocate of the law and rules of ethics and left no stone unturned when delving into the books to help a client. He offered his services to the indigent long before “free legal aid” was conceived.

In 1983, Jack was appointed a Sagamore of the Wabash Chieftain by Gov. Robert Orr. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Boy Scouts. For several years, he served as committee chairman of Batesville Troop 634 and taught merit badge courses. Mr. Shields also helped form the Batesville PTO, served as president, and was the clown at the PTO’s annual carnival for many years.  He was also a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Batesville.

Jack was a family man, voracious reader, FOX News fanatic, good cook and enjoyed working in the yard. He had an impressive knowledge of history and political science. He was a patriotic conservative who truly loved his country.

Although he ventured away from Brownstown many years ago, his heart remained there with his lifetime friends, the Class of ’56, whom he met once a month for breakfast.

Visitation for Mr. Shields will be held at Meyers Funeral Home Thursday, May 23, from 4-8 p.m. The funeral will be there at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, with the Rev. Dave Johnston officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to Boy Scout Troop 634 or St. John’s United Church of Christ, Batesville. Burial will be at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown.

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