Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 28, 2011

Richard J. Shiels

MANCELONA — Richard J. Shiels, 48, of Mancelona, passed away Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at home surrounded by his family.

Rich was born on Sept. 23, 1962 in Gaylord, the son of Richard and Delores Shiels.

Rich and his family farmed together for many years. He worked in the construction field as a contractor throughout northern Michigan.

"This sickness has no boundaries, no oceans it won't cross. An illness that's invisible submerged in utter chaos." — Brenda D. Kijowski.

Rich is survived by his loving wife, Tracey (Snook) Shiels; two sons, Blake and Clayton Shiels, of Gaylord; parents, Richard (Sandy) Shiels, of Lake City, Delores, of Traverse City; brother, Steven (Carrie) Shiels, of Grand Blanc; and two sisters, Karen and Karla Shiels, of Traverse City.

The Celebration of Life Service will be private. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Mancelona, in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Tracey Shiels for Blake and Clayton's College Fund through Mortensen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Mancelona.

Arrangements have been handled by the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign Rich's guestbook at

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