The evening of December 23rd 2021, (Richard) Mark Shields went off to the Spirit in the sky. Those who entered the Spiritual Realm before him include: his mother Elizabeth Shields, Sister Sheryl Shields, brother by marriage Michael Ogle, and his former wife Anita Shields. Those left behind to mourn his passing and keep his memory alive include: his father Sam (Phyliss) Shields (Colchester); daughter Autumn (Chaim) McGuire (Springfield); grandchildren Maura, Miles, and Mikko McGuire (Springfield); daughter by marriage Tawny Matthews (Blandinsville); grandchildren by marriage Dalton Matthews (Colchester), and Lexie Matthews (Minneapolis, MN); sister by marriage Beverly (Mike) Drake (Macomb); as well as his former wife Judy Shields (Belle Vista, AR); and his beloved companion Chester (his dog).
Mark was born July 12th 1959 in Macomb, IL. He resided in Macomb and Colchester for roughly two-thirds of his life. He was a graduate of Macomb High School and started working as a kiln operator at McGraw-Edison (later Cooper Industries) as soon as he turned 18. He worked there until the closing of the plant.
From there, he spent his time living in Iowa and Arkansas before making his way back to Macomb in the summer of 2021. Throughout his life's journey he was able to explore many interests and dabbled in different career fields. He fulfilled a life-long dream when he was able to start his own D.J. business-Rolling Thunder Entertainment! From the time he could remember music was his passion. He had eclectic taste and could appreciate most genres. But, he particularly fancied: Rock and Roll, Southern Rock, Country, and Christian. He reveled in any opportunity to take in a concert, see a show in Branson, or to even be the one to provide the event entertainment! Of all the gigs he performed his performances of: son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend are the ones left cheering for an encore!
Those who knew Mark may remember him as a charismatic character who always marched to the beat of his own drum, and had a unique knack for getting others to hum along! He was a free bird that would not be caged, and he wore his "hippie" moniker with pride! He was a colorful story- teller and relished any opportunity to tell the tales of his misspent youth. Those stories were his favorites to tell because they also told of his testimony and how the Lord Jesus Christ saved his life and soul!
Mark is a thoughtful, loving, kind, generous and gentle soul! He is deeply loved and will be sorely missed by family and by friends in high and low places. He would want those who care for him to: Praise HIS holy name, eat good food, live life to the fullest, listen to their music LOUD, rock out whenever they have the chance and smile when they think of him, because after all…there are no tears in Heaven!
See you on the other side!
Your loving daughter, Autumn.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
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