He was born in Howesville, Ind., on March 15, 1936, the son of Albert Shields and Eliza Stewart Shields.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Shields, his parents, Otha Shields, Clyde Shields, Charlotte Goebel, and Gary Aurther.
Survivors include two daughters, Brooksie Smith (Jason) of Evansville and Gloria Shields of Linton; two brothers, David Aurther of Shoals and Wayne Aurther of Bloomington, and one sister, Carolyn Rush of Bloomington.
A graveside service was held at Peavey Cemetery on March 19, 2012 with the Rev. Rex Adams officiating. Arrangements were made by Newkirk's Funeral Home in Dugger.