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Robert Lyle "Bob" Shields

May 31, 1925 — June 7, 2013

ROBERT LYLE SHIELDS Funeral services for longtime Dolores resident Robert Lyle Shields will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor Neely Lewis will officiate. Interment will follow at Goodman Point Cemetery with military honors being conducted by Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75. Visitation has been set for Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ertel Chapel. Bob, or "Cowboy Bob" as he was known to his friends, was born May 31, 1925 to Elmer Clarence and Laura Belle (Walker) Shields at Goodman Point, Colo. He passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Durango on Friday, June 7, 2013. Bob had just celebrated his 88th birthday. During World War II Bob enlisted in the US Army Air Force after receiving the news that his brother Luther was missing in action. Bob was discharged honorably after serving two years as a cryptologist and air traffic controller. He married Barbara Ruth Jones on June 24, 1948. The couple homesteaded 640 acres on Goodman Point, raising dry land beans and their children until selling the farm and moving to Dolores. Many years Bob spent as an over the road trucker. Music was a favorite pastime of Bob's whether playing by himself or with many of his friends. Dolores River Line Camp, north of Dolores, was a fulfillment of one of Bob's lifelong dreams. Built with hard work of family and friends, many musicians shared their music there from 1988 to 1996. Surviving Bob are his children, Donna Howe of Olathe, Colo., Ricky Shields and wife, Kathy of Dolores, Teresa Black of Yuma, Ariz., and Krista Lewis and husband, Neely of Cortez; by 10 grandchildren; by numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; by his sister, Lova Peltier of Louisiana; and by his brother, Luther Shields of Cortez. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Laura Shields; his wife, Barbara Shields; and his brother, Bryce Shields.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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