Jeffery Dale Shields
Jeffery Dale Shields, 58, Nappanee, died after a short illness at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart.
Jeff was born March 15, 1961, in Elkhart, to Larry and Judy (Mevis) Shields. He was a lifelong Nappanee-area resident. Jeff attended the Horizon Learning Center and was a friend to Nappanee City Hall and the downtown Nappanee merchants. Jeff retired from McCormick Motors, Nappanee, and was a member at First Mennonite Church, Nappanee. He loved Elvis Presley, stock car racing and professional wrestling. Jeff was NorthWood sports' biggest fan. Friends and family attending the visitation are encouraged to wear NorthWood fan gear to honor Jeff's love for the Panthers.
Jeff is survived by his sister, Connie (Jerry) Swihart, Osceola; brothers, Mel (Jill) Shields, Nappanee, and Tom (Traci) Shields, Nappanee; nephew, Matthew (Alison) Swihart, Osceola; niece, Corinne (Jeff) Hertsel, Nappanee; nephew, Trevor (Jessie) Shields, Nappanee; nephew, Brandon (Natalie) Shields, Nappanee; niece, Brittani Shields, Nappanee; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael Shields; and two nieces, Jessica and Elizabeth Shields.
Friends and family may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and for one hour prior to services Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Nappanee. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at First Mennonite Church, Nappanee. Memorial contributions in Jeff's name can be given to the First Mennonite Church, Nappanee, or the Center for Hospice Care.
Published on January 21, 2020


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Jill and Taylor Slabaugh
Jan 21, 2020
I just wanted to let you know that you are all in our prayers..and thoughts and we wish you all the best . Just know Jeff is in heaven dancing and showing Elvis how he can perform. We.all loved him just like a lil village. And I knew when I seen Jeff he would say something to.make me smile...even as a teen. Just his nice and smiley way...made us all love him..God bless you all..we all love you guys