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Obituary for Richard J. "Dick" Shiels

Richard John “Dick” Shiels, age 86, of Faribault, died on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Mary’s Campus, Rochester.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Faribault, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Interment with military rites will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis at a later date.

Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Richard John, the son of John F. and Irene (Goulet) Sheils, was born on September 9, 1930 in Eau Claire, WI. He graduated from West Waterloo, IA High School, Iowa Teacher’s College and later earned a Masters’ Degree in Counseling and his Principal Licensure from Mankato State University, Mankato. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Rapp on July 28, 1951 in Baltimore, MD. He taught in Jubilee, IA, Cedar Rapids, IA and then moved his young family to Faribault in 1960, where he spent the rest of his career. While in Faribault, Dick was a Social Studies and English Teacher; a Guidance Counselor at Faribault Junior and Senior High; and a Principal at Faribault Middle School until 1993. He was a wrestling coach from 1960-1965 and the head varsity wrestling coach from 1965-1983. Dick was a recipient of many awards including the Faribault Athletic Hall of Fame, Minnesota High School Hall of Fame, Region One High School Hall of Fame, Rochester, and Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Dick enjoyed reading, golfing, gardening, playing bridge and poker with friends and spending time with family.

He is survived by four children, Dr. Mark Shiels (and Dr. Cheryl Schwalm) of Rockford, IL, Barbara Shiels (and Frank Preese) of St. Paul, Tim (and Lorie) Shiels of Apple Valley and Betsy (and Robert) Vidmar of Lakeville; ten grandchildren, Dr. Aaron (and Dr. Peggy) Shiels, Kelly (and Peter) Morgan, Emily Shiels, Andrew Shiels, Katelin Shiels, Michael Shiels, Laura and Sarah Preese, and Allison and Jessica Vidmar; seven great grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob, Anna, Peter, Brooke, Nicholas and Lauren; one brother, Patrick (and Carlyn) Shiels of Beaver Dam, WI; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Shiels who died October 2, 2010; and one sister, Shirley Shiels in infancy.


Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

30

May

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Boldt Funeral Home

300 Prairie Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021

Visitation

Wednesday

31

May

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Divine Mercy Catholic Church

139 Mercy Drive
Faribault, MN 55021

Service

Wednesday

31

May

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Divine Mercy Catholic Church

139 Mercy Drive
Faribault, MN 55021

Cemetery Details

Location

Ft. Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55450

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