James F. Fields, 79, of Iowa City, formerly of Tipton, died peacefully Sunday, May 27, 2018, at Mercy Iowa City. Family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 1, at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton with memorial services to follow at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in the Tipton Masonic Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Jim was born Jan. 21, 1939, in Tipton, Iowa, to Forrest and Frieda Werling Fields. He graduated from Tipton High School in 1957 and married Carmen Ramsey in 1959. James graduated from the State College of Iowa (UNI) in 1963 with a B.A. in education and then taught science and math for three years. He continued to pursue his love of education by receiving his master's from the University of Iowa in 1967. He was a junior high and high school principal for 14 years and a superintendent of schools for 24 years, retiring in 2001. Jim and Carmen moved to Florida for 15 years to enjoy retirement. They played golf, cherished visits from family and friends and enjoyed sporting events. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were all the "apples of his eye." He loved watching them grow up and become different individuals and succeed in their lives. They moved to Iowa City in 2016 to be near his beloved family and Hawkeyes.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carmen; daughter, Shelley (Dave) Junck; and son, Kevin (Heidi) Fields; grandchildren, Tyler Junck, Ashley (Jeremy) Hoppe, Adrianne Junck, Brittney (Bobby) Stroup, Allison Fields, Mackenzie Fields and Jack Fields; great-grandchildren, Emma and Olivia Stroup and Madyson and Maddox Hoppe; sisters, Carol Jean Fields and Ann Fields Edge; and brother, Robert Fields.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Matthew; brothers, Henry Sr., John, Richard and Keith; sister, Mary Jean; and several nieces and nephews.