He was born in Prairieton, Ind., Nov. 5, 1929, to Joseph and Florence (Jones) Shields. He retired from Hulman & Company in 1983. He was married to his wife Kathleen for 44 years before her death in 1991. William served in the Navy Reserves. He was a member of American Legion Post 40.
William is survived by his four sons, Bill (Cheryl) Shields, Terre Haute, Dan (Cindy) Shields, Terre Haute, Donald Shields, Bybee, Tenn., and John (Jane) Shields, Brazil, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and brother Joseph Shields, Jr., Parrottsville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his son David, and a brother Robert Shields.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 9, 2009, from 4-8 p.m., at DeBaun Springhill Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, with Rev. W.A. Van Winkel officiating. Burial is in New Harmony Cemetery. Military graveside services will be provided by American Legion Post 346. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations in William's honor be made to American Heart Association with envelopes provided at the funeral home.