John Shields

Buckley resident John Shields, 89, died Feb. 28, 2012.

He was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Farrar, Iowa. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps after high school and served in the United States Navy. He became an ironworker in 1948 and worked on several dams and the Space Needle from start to finish. He retired in 1977 and started his own welding shop. He retired again in 1985 and spent his time traveling in his motor home. He enjoyed fishing, clam digging, camping and spending time with his grandchildren and his dog.

He is survived by wife Earline Shields of Buckley; sons Dennis Shields and wife Sue and Kevin Shields and wife Gina, all of Enumclaw; daughters Christine Jameyson and husband Tom, Paula Watterson and husband Tom, Denise (Steve) Streeter and husband Steve and Shawn VanWieringen and husband Gregg, all of Enumclaw, and Maureen Weisbeck and husband David of Buckley; sister Rose Dapper of Kenmore, Wash.; 27 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and granddaughter Alisha VanWieringen 1984.

A memorial service will be held Friday Feb. 2, 2012 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart.

All are invited to sign the online guestbook at

Arrangements are by Weeks Funeral Home, Buckley.