Richard Joseph Shields, 76 of Gridley, California passed away April 21, 2017 from cancer.

He was born on October 8, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was raised in East Nicolas, California and settled in Gridley in 1970.  He worked for Shifflet Bros. Trucking Company and later was an owner operator of Shields Trucking in Gridley, California.  He enjoyed motorcycle riding, hunting, and many family camping and fishing trips to Fort Bragg, California.  He attended East Nicolas High School and served in the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth C. Schwall, father, Willis L. Shields, step-father, Frank Schwall, sister, Judith A. White, and his wife of 41 years, Elaine Shields.

He is survived by his children: Tina (Ernie) Haro, of Gridley, Deanna (Bob) Yates, of Placerville, Rich (Shannon) Shields, of Eagle Mountain, Utah; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one on the way; his wife for the past 14 years, Connie Shields, of Gridley; step-children: Steve (Barbara) Shewmake, of Monett, Missouri, Connita (Matt) Hess, of Marysville, Ryan (Heidi) Coker, of Chico, Robbin Coker, of Wake Forest, North Carolina; ten additional grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Albert White, and siblings: Paul Schwall, Pamela Hunt, Karen Patche, Nicholas Schwall, and Sandra Caulder.

A celebration of life will be held at the Gridley Moose Lodge on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 1 p.m.  The family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.  Arrangements entrusted to Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel 530-846-2138.