Charles "Charley" Vernon Shields

Born: Sun., Feb. 23, 1930
Died: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 12, 2017
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
Location: Wesley United Methodist Church

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 Charles ‘Charley’ Vernon Shields, 87, of Culver, died following an illness, at 5:30am, Saturday, Oct. 7 in Center for Hospice Care.

Mr. Shields was born February 23, 1930 in South Bend to the late Charles F. and Catherine (Gulling), and lived in Roseland until 2008.  He is preceded in death by brothers Harley and Ronnie.  On September 4, 1954, he married the late Miriam (Darby).  Surviving are daughter, Catherine B. Shields (fiance Michael Trisch) of Granger; son, Dr. Brian D. (Jennifer) Shields of Valparaiso; grandchildren, Ethan B. and Hannah D. Shields; and sister, Bonnie (Jay) Eull of Niles, MI.

He worked at Studebaker until entering the Army in 1951 and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict.  Charley graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Education and started teaching at Clay Middle School in 1958, where he taught for three years, until his return to Studebaker’s.  When Studebaker’s closed in 1963, he went to Niles Community Schools, where he taught English at Ballard Middle School, and later, at Niles High School. He retired in 1993.  

Charley co-founded the Roseland Citizen’s Association, was elected to the Town Board five times and served three terms as Roseland Town Board President.  He was instrumental in building the town hall and installing a police force, among his many accomplishments for the Roseland Community.  
Charley was a beloved husband, loving father, and caring grandfather.  He had a keen wit, an infectious sense of humor and genuine interest in developing lifelong friendships.  The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the wonderful care given to Charley by the staff and personnel of St. Joseph Regional and Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver during his stays there.

Friends may call from 4pm-8pm, Thurs, Oct 12 at the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd, South Bend.  Memorial services will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 School St, Culver on Friday, October 20 at 11am.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, South Bend.
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Charitable donations may be made in Charles's memory to the following organizations:

Wesley United Methodist Church
511 School St, Culver, IN

Saint Paul Memorial United Methodist Church
1001 W. Colfax, South Bend, IN, 46616

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Holly Shaw
   Posted Mon October 09, 2017

MONET'S GARDEN BASKET was sent by Holly and Bill Hollis, Nick and Ryan Shaw, and Judy Snyder.

Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your father and grandfather. He was such a delight to talk to, and his love of family has carried on through both of you. With much love from your cousins: Holly and Bill (Hollis), Ryan and Nick (Shaw), and Judy (Snyder)

Donald and Joann Sporleder
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017

So sorry on the loss of "Charley", Charles Vernon Shields. All in the Town of Roseland are deeply indebted to Charley, for all his service on the Town Board and with his RCA, Roseland Citizens Association. Our sincere condolences and sympathies. and will keep all in our prayers. Don and Joann

Bill Brawley
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
Mr. Sheilds was the greatest teacher that I ever had. He taught me "Principles of Design" which I use in every day of my life. I've been working with a group called "The Young Americans" for the past 44 years, and we have taught all over the world to thousands of students. So in essence, he has affected so many more people than he had any idea. Thank you for being an inspiration and what you have given to me.

Your Student,
Bill Brawley