Richard “Rick” Allen Fields, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Lawrenceburg.
Born Nov. 11, 1948, in Columbus, he was the son of Boyd and Mary Carr Fields, both of whom preceded him in death. In 1971, he married Mary Schmidt who survives at Dillsboro.
He graduated from Butler University in 1970 with a degree in business administration. While at Butler, Rick was a charter member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In 1974, Rick graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science degree in community development.
Rick entered the Indiana National Guard in 1970. He continued his service in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1985 as a captain in the Medical Service Corps.
Early in his professional life, Rick served as the business manager at Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital, now known as Schneck Medical Center. He was the assistant administrator for Region XI Comprehensive Health Planning Council and later, the executive director for Region XI Development Commission. He also co-owned, operated and sold a 7-Up distributorship in southeastern Indiana. In 1977, Rick and his wife built and opened Dillsboro IGA. Rick, along with Mary, have owned and operated the store for 38 years. During these years, he owned, operated and sold an additional grocery store in Versailles.
Rick was devoted to the town of Dillsboro and to serving others. At the time of his death, Rick was serving as an elected official on the town board of Dillsboro. In former years, he served on the first advisory council for Dearborn County Solid Waste Management District. He volunteered with South Dearborn High School Dollars for Scholars, served on the Dearborn Community Foundation finance and investment committee and was treasurer for the Dearborn County Republican party for two years. He was a member of the Jaycees and the Dillsboro Civic Club. Rick joyfully served 35 years as the frog jumping commissioner for the annual Dillsboro Homecoming Festival.
He was a great family man and a loving father. He enjoyed assistant coaching his daughters’ softball teams, fishing with his grandchildren, reminiscing and playing euchre with family and laughing with friends. He was known for his sense of humor, kindness, hard work and devotion.
Other survivors include his brother, Steven (Rosemary) Fields of Houston, Texas; his daughters, Erin (Ryan) Snider of Alexandria, Virginia, and Ashley (Derek) Hileman (Derek) of Indianapolis; six delightful grandchildren, Isaac, Ophelia, Elise, Emmanuelle, Grant, and Nathalie; an aunt; two uncles; and a host of wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on North Street in Dillsboro with Brian Murray officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rick’s life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dearborn Community Foundation. Please note “Fields Family Memorial Fund” and post to: Dearborn Community Foundation, Fields Family Memorial Fund, 322 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.