2011-12-23 / Obituaries

Conrad Crane Shields, 84

Conrad Crane Shields Conrad Crane Shields Conrad Crane Shields, 84, a resident of Marion, died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Marion General Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born August 8, 1927 in Spencer, Indiana, he was the only son of Carol (Crane) (Shields) Thorne (1899-1981) and Forrest Damon Shields (1896-1946). His parents divorced in 1933; his mother subsequently wed Charles T. Thorne and the family relocated to Marion, where Charles worked at the Veteran’s Hospital in the Home Comers area.

Conrad attended the public schools both in Marion (Evans School) and M.H.S. and Spencer High School, graduating with a GED and the class of 1946 after enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. He served aboard the USS PC 1195 and USS PC 822. His most memorable moment came when his ship escorted a captured German submarine, the Prinz Eugen, through the Panama Canal to the Bikini atoll, where the Prinz Eugen was used in an early test of the atomic bomb.

Conrad attended Indiana State University after his military service ended, concluding his university studies in 1970 by graduating from Ball State University. He had meanwhile become employed by the Indiana Michigan electric company, part of AEP. He worked at I&M for 39 years, retiring in 1990 as a communications supervising engineer.

Among his many hobbies was the construction and flying of model aircraft. This led Conrad to become one of the charter members of the Marion Model Menders, the first such club in the Grant County area. He was later a member of the Mississinewa Skyhawks and the Converse Flying Eagles. He was also interested in amateur radio as WA9LFA.

Conrad was a practicing Christian and long-time member of the New Hope United Methodist church until its dissolution in 2004. He served the church with distinction as Chairman of its Board of Trustees and in charge of its audio system.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jessamine (Franks) Shields, whom he wed on November 16, 1951. To this union were born his surviving children: Steven (Janet), of Johns Creek, Georgia, children Bradford and Alyson; Jeffrey (Katherine), of Chandler, Arizona, children Patrick and Elizabeth; Randolph (Deborah) of Wichita, Kansas, children Kristin and Kala (Nathan) Huerter; and Brian (Anne) of Overland Park, Kansas, daughter, Vanessa. Cousins, Peg (Mrs. Joseph E.) Goldberg Longstreth of Naples, Florida and Madi (Lynn) Arnett of Gosport, Indiana and their daughter, Diana (Jim) Markland, children Jacob and Elijah of Spencer, Indiana.

Ferguson & Glancy of Van Buren are in charge of funeral arrangements.

Private graveside services with Terry Dieckmann officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to their favorite charity.

Online condolences to: www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.

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