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John Paul Shields

John Paul Shields

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John Paul Shields. John passed on September 23,2018 at the age of 72. He was born on November 28, 1945 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Paul and Frances (Hinton) Shields. John graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with top honors in mathematics and physics. After graduation, he held a career at IBM as a computer programmer, but always pursued his love for farming. During this time, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Virginia “Ginger” Shields. During the 45 years of their marriage, he created a prosperous family farm which will continue on as a legacy to his iron will, intellect, and unsurpassed work ethic that is of mythical proportions. He also fathered and raised two proud sons who will forever love and remember him with the utmost respect and admiration. He was known affectionately as “MoDaddy” to Malorea, Samuel, and Grace Shields, his grandchildren. John is preceded in death by his parents and brother. He is survived by his wife, Ginger; sons, John Paul (Jessica), and Benjamin (Amanda); grandchildren, Malorea, Samuel, and Grace; sister-in-law, Cordelia; and nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 27,2018 at Lexington Cemetery. Remembrances can go to any no kill animal shelter of your choice in honor of him. Family and friends may post condolences on his memorial page at

18 Condolences

  • Joe Tamme, Joye Hunt, and Ben Hunt Posted September 26, 2018 12:31 pm

    We are so very sorry and will be keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. John was a good friend to us and we will miss him.

  • Lincoln County Extension Office Posted September 26, 2018 2:24 pm

    Our thoughts & prayers are with Ginger and the family. John was great man! Prayers.

  • Penny McDaniel Posted September 26, 2018 11:58 pm

    Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Gayle Best, your pool buddy Posted September 27, 2018 12:07 am

    So sorry Ginger. Prayers for your family!

  • Deborah Peckler Posted September 27, 2018 12:22 am

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your whole family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Barry Mercer Posted September 27, 2018 12:26 am

    Johns obit speaks of his mythical work ethic, as his neighbor I can say this is no exaggeration. RIP John.

  • Evelyn Culp Posted September 27, 2018 1:04 am

    I am do sorry for your loss.

  • Leniece Dailey Posted September 27, 2018 2:08 am

    Ginger, I am just now hearing about this. So very sorry. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Deborah Moyers Posted September 27, 2018 1:10 pm

    Ginger, I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. I can’t be there today. I will talk to you soon. Love you!!

  • Debbi Coffman Posted September 27, 2018 4:46 pm

    Was lucky enough to know him and he was such a hard worker and a great provider for his family and grandchildren. So sorry for u loss Ginger, John Paul and Ben. Be here I’d u need anything.

  • Peggy west Posted September 27, 2018 9:45 pm

    I am so sorry for the lost to this family. Please accept my sympathy.

  • Sincerely, Kay Mayes Posted September 27, 2018 11:02 pm

    Ginger and family
    I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Thinking of you at this sad time.

  • Verla and Dennis Stucker Posted September 28, 2018 2:45 am

    So very sorry to hear about John. Thoughts and prayers for Ginger and all the family. May God comfort you at this difficult time.

  • The Elleman’s Posted September 28, 2018 11:28 am

    We just saw this in the paper. So sad to hear this! Prayers for Ginger and the family!

  • The Elleman’s Posted September 28, 2018 11:29 am

    We just saw this in the paper! So sorry! Love and prayers!

  • BRYAN STATION ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Posted September 29, 2018 4:28 pm

    The Bryan Station Alumni Association sends their condolences !

  • Larry K. Stone – -Present&CEO (Retired) Central KY AgCredit Posted September 30, 2018 1:25 am

    I am a 1964 High School class mate. He was recognized even back then as a born leader and as someone who would be at the top of any career he wanted.

  • marian sims Posted October 4, 2018 12:44 pm

    John was our High School Hero….his character of goodness and his brilliant mind are well know. I know he will be missed..such a great American. We love him…Marian Moore Sims, Lexington Bryan Station classmate. ’64

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