BROOKPORT, Ill. — Robert “Bob” Fields, age 87, of Brookport, Ill., formerly of Paducah, Ky., and Benton, Ky., died at Western Baptist Hospital on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
Services will be held at Brookport Funeral Home in Brookport, Ill., on Thursday, July 5, 2012. Visitation is from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. followed by the service to be officiated by Mike Fields, Church of Christ minister and nephew. The burial will follow at the Briensburg Cemetery, Briensburg, Ky.
Among other things, Bob was known for his easy manner and sense of fun. He was a painting contractor whose friends and co-workers teasingly nicknamed him “Squirrely” because of his quickness and speed.
A veteran of World War II, Bob served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer the USS Hart. The USS Hart had joined the assembly which prepared for the invasion of Okinawa as well as escorting General MacArthur on his return to the Philippines.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Brenda Fields-Malone of Millerton, N.Y., and Deborah Fields Dietrich of Clearwater, Fla., and his son, Doug Fields of Brookport, Ill., who lovingly took care of him in the last years of his life.
Bob is also survived by his brother, Joe Fields of Nashville, Tenn., and his sisters, Mary Lou LeVan of Benton, Ky., and Laura McDougal of Nashville, Tenn.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Wille Mae Lester Fields. In addition were his brothers, Marvin Fields of Houston, Texas, and William “Bill” Fields and sister, Dorothy Fields Colson, both from Benton. Bob’s parents were Jule Marvin Fields and Willie Mae Algood Fields of Benton, Ky.
Pallbearers at the service will be: Mike Fields, Darrin Smith, Donald Smith, Jerry Deaton, Mike Anderson, and Charley Anderson.
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.