Col. Richard "Archie" Fields, USA (Ret.), age 76 passed away peacefully on Friday evening, December 11, 2015 at the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a resident of Morgantown.
Archie was born in Bedford on April 18, 1939, to his parents, the late Leonard M. and Esther M. (Bivens) Fields. He graduate from Shawswick High School in Bedford and went on to attend Butler University in Indianapolis. Archie began his lengthy and accomplished military career with the United States Army in May of 1957. He received a Master's Degree from the United States Army Command and General College in Leavenworth, KS. Archie retired with the rank of Colonel after 34 years of service.
He also worked as a Production Supervisor for Arvin Industries in Franklin for 7 years and for AT&T as a Technician for 15 years. Archie was the owner and operator of Fields Custom Cutting Lumber Business. He was a 45 year member of the First Christian Church of Morgantown where he was very active as an Elder, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher and building maintenance.
He was a former member of the Nineveh Masonic Lodge #317 and the Murat Temple and Scottish Rite, both of Indianapolis. Archie was known for his giving heart and his love for his family.
He is survived by his children, Tim (Annette) Fields of Nashville, Lora (Johnny) Smith of Noblesville, Darren (Candie) Fields of Morgantown and Christopher Fields of Milwaukie, WI; brothers, Tom (Betty) Fields of Scottsburg and Mark Fields of Bedford; grandchildren, Brandon & Madison Fields, Zachary & Nicholas Smith, Haylee, Hanna, Hunter, Justice, Jadyn and Jace Fields; and a great granddaughter, Averie Fields.
Archie was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Robert "Bob" Fields and Carolyn Ann Haws.
The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 S. Morgantown Road. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Leatherwood Christian Church Cemetery in Bedford with Military Rites presented by the Bedford American Legion Honor Guard Post #33. Funeral services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Archie to the First Christian Church of Morgantown, "Building Fund" PO Box 306, Morgantown, IN 46160.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Fields family at www.meredith-clark.com
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