August 17, 1922 ‒ February 23, 2010
BUTLER ~ It was 1948, and Jesse Fields, a decorated U.S. Army veteran of WWII was disappointed in the economy of his beloved eastern Kentucky mountains. He and his young bride Eloise (Tackett) Fields moved to north central Ohio, so he could escape the coal mines and build a solid future for his growing family.
Equipped with a strong work ethic, and a twinkling sense of humor, Jesse usually held down two jobs, providing for his family.
Jesse passed away Tuesday evening in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, he was 87.
Born August 17, 1922 in Ermine, Kentucky, he was the son of Joseph F. and Ada (Combs) Fields. Having caught sight of a young Eloise, her image sustained him through the war, and the two were married July 5, 1946.
He was a member of American Legion Post #535, Bellville, V.F.W. Post # 5101, Lexington and the NRA.
Of solid Baptist faith, Jesse enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Jesse worked ten years with Westinghouse, and more than 30 years as a heavy equipment operator with Operators Union Local #18.
He is survived by his wife Eloise, whom he married July 5, 1946; their children Deloris & Chuck Hamilton of Bellville, Dean & Becky Fields of Butler, Jim Fields of Perrysville, Mary Fields of Lake Panasoffkee, FL, Eddie & Rae Fields of Butler, Clarence Fields of Butler, Edie & Dick Yarman of Fredericktown, Larry Fields of Butler, Kit & Kari Fields of Suwanee, GA, and Ricky Fields of Butler; 76 grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
The Fields family will receive friends Friday, February 26, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery near Butler, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
Contributions in his memory to American Legion Post #535 may be made at the funeral home.
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