Robert Allan “Bob” Fields, 81 of Lapel, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital as a result of a stroke.
He was born on July 22, 1935, in Westfield, Indiana, to Fred B. and Hilda (Powell) Fields.
Bob graduated from Lapel High School in 1955 and was a U. S. Army veteran.
He was a member of the Ford Street United Methodist Church in Lapel where he taught Sunday School for 25 years and traveled extensively serving on mission trips as a builder and lay minister on five continents. Bob served on the Stony Creek Township Advisory Board. He was also a member of Bob Harris Missionary Board in North Carolina and the Lapel American Legion Post 212.
Bob was retired from Western Southern Life Insurance in 1990 after 29 years of service. After he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, God gave Bob the gift of poetry and he became a published author with three poetry books and many unpublished works.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pat (Wolfgang); three children, Rhonda (husband, Robin) Riggs of Middletown, Bobby (wife, Rhonda) Fields of Anderson, and Brooke (wife, Annette) Fields of Crown Point; eight grandchildren, Ryan Riggs (Matt Vachon), Rhett (wife, Lindy) Riggs, Ross (wife, Natasha) Riggs, Bracken Fields (fiancé, Kim Spartz), Hillary Fields (fiancé, Scot Brown), Molly (husband, Seth) Bays, Boston Fields, and Meg Fields; six great-grandchildren, Krosley and Krayson Riggs, Tinley and Taysley Riggs, Payton Fields, and Easton Brown
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles, William, and Donald Fields; and a sister, Martha Creason.
The family would like to thank Dr. David Mares for his compassionate care of Bob.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Ford Street United Methodist Church, 925 Ford Street, Lapel, Indiana with Pastor Glenn Knepp officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery where the Lapel American Legion will conduct military graveside rites.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Scott E. Hersberger Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ford Street United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 626, Lapel, Indiana 46051-0626.