Henry W. Fields, 99, of Cottage Grove Place, Cedar Rapids, formerly of Tipton, died Nov. 5, 2017.
Henry was born in Tipton, Iowa, on Jan. 30, 1918, to Frieda Werling Fields and Forrest Filson Fields. He was the oldest of nine children, Robert, John (deceased), Mary Jean (deceased), Richard (deceased), Keith (deceased), Ann, Carol and James.
Henry graduated from Tipton High School in 1936 and married Mildred F. Martin, who was a Tipton school teacher, in 1941. They had one son, Dr. Henry W. Jr. of Columbus, Ohio. Henry served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a metalsmith. He returned to Tipton and was employed by the U.S. Post Office. He became an employee and partner of Geller Lumber, which transitioned to Tipton Lumber and United Building Centers, both of which he managed. For approximately three decades, until 1996, he and Mildred owned and operated Fields Lumber in Tipton.
Henry was a member of the Rotary, Masons, Shrine and Jesters. He served long terms on the Tipton school board, Cedar County fair board and the Tipton zoning board. In 1996, they moved to Cottage Grove Place as two of its first occupants. For enjoyment, Henry was an avid golfer and fan of the Tipton and University of Iowa sports teams.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in 1999; and his longtime companion, Martha Sanner.
Above all, he was most proud of his family, who he would always revere in conversation.
He is survived by several sisters and brothers; his son, Henry Jr.; two grandchildren, Ben (Christy Henigan) of Powell, Ohio, and Justin (Noelle LeCrone) of Flower Mound, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Greyson, Elizabeth and Ellery. He also leaves beloved niece, Cindy Edge; and dear friends, Herb and Judy Isenberg of Cedar Rapids.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Cottage Grove Place with a reception time preceding from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Private graveside inurnment will follow at Tipton Masonic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, or if people would like, they could contribute to the following: UI Center for Advancement and Dr. Henry W. Fields Jr., Graduate Student Support Fund (est. 1983), with in memory of Henry W. Fields in the memo. Send to the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244.